ACCESSIBLE LONDON
 
London is one of the most exciting cities in the world.
We list below a selection of visitor attractions and have included some information and a link to each Accessibility Guide.
You can find the Visit London Accessible Attractions page here

 

British Museum

Visit the world-famous British Museum to see extraordinary artefacts from all over the world, from prehistoric to modern times. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures and Ancient Egyptian mummies.

The Museum is wheelchair-friendly, with level access at the Montague Place entrance, and step-free access throughout most of the building, via lifts. Other accessibility features include accessible toilets, Sign Language guides, and audio descriptive guides. Call the museum in advance to hire a wheelchair for your visit.

Find out more about accessibility at the British Museum

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Victoria & Albert Museum

A trip to London isn’t complete without a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum. Discover the immense collection of arts, crafts, design and fashion, and relax with a cup of tea in the beautiful cafe.

Head to the Cromwell Road entrance for step-free access to the museum. Book in advance to have a guide assist you during your visit; while wheelchairs and walking frames are available to borrow at the information desk at the Grand Entrance. Other disabled features include British Sign Language talks, tactile books and more.

Find out more about accessibility at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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National History Museum

Admire the Natural History Museum’s spectacular building, and be amazed by its enormous collection of all types of specimens and relics, from full-scale dinosaurs to giant whale models.

Borrow a wheelchair for free at the cloakrooms and start exploring: the Darwin Centre and all floors in the Green, Red and Blue zones are accessible via a lift. Other accessibility features include audio-descriptive guides, tactile and Braille guides and fun events for children with autism.

Find out more about accessibility at the Natural History Museum.

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Science Museum

Interact with some of the major scientific advances of the last 300 years at the Science Museum. Experience human discoveries and inventions first-hand, from space travel to psychology.

Borrow a wheelchair on the day, or book one in advance, and explore the Science Museum’s displays through fully wheelchair-accessible galleries. Find tactile map booklets and large print gallery books at the entrance to the Information Age gallery. The museum hosts British Sign Language events and object-handling sessions throughout the year.

Find out more about accessibility at the Science Museum.

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London Transport Museum

Take a journey through the decades and explore the impact of London’s transport at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.

Explore more than 200 years of transport history and complete your visit with a look at how future technologies might impact London.

The London Transport Museum brings together more than 500,000 objects including locomotives, horse-drawn vehicles, scale models, prints and poster art. 
Highlights of the collection include the only surviving steam engine from the 1860s, a double deck electric tram and an Underground railway pocket map from 1908.

Find out more about accessibility at the London Transport Museum.

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National Maritime Museum

Relive the fascinating history of Britain’s explorations at sea at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich, and discover a host of naval-themed objects and relics.

The National Maritime Museum Greenwich, the cafe and the gift shop are completely wheelchair-accessible - book in advance to borrow a wheelchair. Carers are given free admission to ticketed exhibitions.

Find out more about accessibility at the National Maritime Museum.

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Somerset House

Be amazed by the variety of cultural events hosted at Somerset House throughout the year, from open-air concerts to art and photography exhibitions. 

 

Somerset House is fully wheelchair-friendly and its stunning Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court is accessible via The Strand. 

Find out about accessibility at Somerset House.

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National Gallery

Be amazed by the National Gallery’s stunning collection of western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Highlights include masterpieces by Botticelli, da Vinci, Titian, Van Gogh, and Renoir.

Enter the National Gallery from four step-free entrances: the Getty, Sainsbury Wing, National Café and Pigott Education Centre. You can borrow a wheelchair, and British Sign Language painting discussions and audio-guide transcripts are available. 

Find out more about accessibility at the National Gallery.

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Madame Tussauds

Get closer to the world’s greatest personalities, from Her Majesty The Queen to Lady Gaga, at Madame Tussauds London.

For safety reasons, only three wheelchairs can be hosted at any one time, so book your slot in advance. All of the museum's galleries are accessible to wheelchair users via lifts, except the Spirit of London ride. Helpers can visit Madame Tussauds London for free, as long as they provide the necessary documentation.

Find out more about accessibility at Madame Tussauds London.

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Tate Modern

Head to Tate Modern to see some of the most famous artworks in the world for free. Britain’s national gallery of modern and contemporary art hosts amazing works by renowned artists such as Picasso, Rothko, Matisse and Dali.

Enter Tate Modern’s imposing building from either the River or Sumner Street’s entrances, which are step-free. Explore all floors via the lifts and pass from the Boiler House to the new Switch House building through the Turbine Hall and the bridges at levels 1 and 4.

Find out more about accessibility at Tate Modern.

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Buckingham Palace

Visit Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the Queen, during its summer opening. Buckingham Palace is one of the few remaining working royal palaces in the world, so don't miss the opportunity to see it!

You'll find wheelchair and step-free access through a separate entrance at the front of the palace. Pre-book your visit if you need assistance: wheelchairs are free to borrow for the time of your visit. Use your mobility scooter or wheelchair in the Quadrangle and in the garden, and throughout the palace with the lifts. 

Find out more about accessibility at Buckingham Palace.

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Kensington Palace

Discover Kensington Palace’s wonders and visit the magnificent King’s and Queen’s State Apartments. Catch royal-themed temporary exhibitions alongside the permanent display, and learn more about iconic figures such as Queen Victoria and Princess Diana.

You can easily access Kensington Palace from beautiful Kensington Gardens, and reach all floors via a lift. Disabled facilities include British Sign Language and describer tours; while manual wheelchairs are available to borrow on a first come, first served basis. You can also see Kensington Gardens’ most scenic spots on a half-hour tour on an electric buggy (booking required).

Find out more about accessibility at Kensington Palace.

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Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is in south-west London and has over 500 years of history to discover. The home of Henry VIII, his wives and children, the palace is the greatest and most authentic Tudor experience in the world.

Hampton Court isn't just a Tudor Palace. Explore our Baroque Palace, built for William III and Mary II. Its spectacular views and decorative interiors provide a fascinating glimpse of Stuart and Georgian privilege. The palace grounds and gardens are equally stunning. From the world famous maze and grape vine to the ornamental gardens, exploring outside is a magical treat too.

The gardens are 80% wheelchair accessible and the river walks are partially accessible across grassed paths or lawns, weather permitting.  the Castle tour is accessible however, please note there is no lift to view the bedrooms.  The car park has designated area for blue badge holders.

Find out more about accessibility at Hampton Court Palace.

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Emirates Stadium

Visit the Emirates Stadium, the home of Arsenal Football Club.

 

16 accessible turnstiles, lifts to all levels, 37 accessible toilets (RADAR) and 1 changing places.  Services and facilities for blind and visually impaired.  Accessible viewing areas, sensory room.  Please look at their Accessibility Guide as getting to Emirates is tricky for wheelchair users.  Fully accessible stadium tour.

See more pictures of our tour here.

Find out more about accessibility at the Emirates Stadium.

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the home of Tottenham Hotspur.

 

Dedicated accessible viewing areas and facilities including accessible toilets, changing places and sensory suite.  Multiple lifts and fully accessible stadium tour.

See more pictures of our tour here.

Find out more about accessibility at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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London Stadium

Visit the London Stadium, the home of West Ham United Football Club.

 

London Stadium is accessible via lifts to all levels.  250 accessible viewing areas.  Accessible toilets (including x3 changing places) are fitted with RADAR locks, and can be found on all levels.  Fully accessible stadium tour.

Find out more about accessibility at the London Stadium.

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Wembley Stadium

Visit Wembley Stadium, the largest Stadium in the UK with a capacity of 90,000 spectators, home to England Football. 

A welcoming and inclusive venue.  310 accessible viewing areas + PA seat.  Liftings to the concourse and every level of the stadium.  Dedicated lift for wheelchair users (2 wheelchairs, PA an attendant).  Accessible queue points and lowered counters at retail outlets.  Accessible turnstile entrance.  147 accessible toilets (take own RADAR key) and x2 changing places.  Fully accessible stadium tour.

Find out more about accessibility at Wembley.

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Lords Cricket Ground

Visit Lords Cricket Ground, known as the Home of Cricket. It is home to the world's oldest sporting museum.

Flat, level access throughout most of Lord’s.  Lifts available to all levels and priority use given to spectators with disabilities.  8 accessible viewing areas designated for wheelchair users and companion.  No blue badge parking available but set-down and pick up passes can be obtained from MCC Club Facilities Department, along with details of parking within a mile of Lord’s.

Find out more about accessibility at Lords.

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Visit the Olympic Park in Stratford. Take a dip at the London Aquatics Centre and imagine what it was like to swim in the 2012 Olympics, visit the Howling Hops Brewery or shop at the world famous Westfield Stratford.

Built in 2012 for the London Olympics, considered ‘the most accessible park in the UK’.  Step free access, hard standing surfaces, regular seating and blue badge parking at all sporting venues.  Accessible toilets and changing places, check each venue individually for facilities.

Find out more about accessibility at the Olympic Park.

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Twickenham

Visit Twickenham, the home of England Rugby and the largest dedicated rugby union venue in the world.

56 wheelchair bay covered terraces accessible by lift and a further 275 accessible seats/bays in uncovered pitch side enclosures.  Accessible toilets accessed by RADAR key. Hearing loop seats available throughout the stadium, with headsets linking to radio or television commentary for the visually/hearing impaired. Lowered counter provided at the Ticket Office and at dedicated bars.

Find out more about accessibility at Twickenham.

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Stamford Bridge

Visit Stamford Bridge, a football stadium in Fulham, adjacent to the borough of Chelsea in South West London, commonly referred to as The Bridge, and home of Chelsea Football Club.

Find out more about accessibility at Stamford Bridge.

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Wimbledon

Visit Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club and Museum. 

The All England Lawn Tennis Club is based in Wimbledon and home to the famous Championships.  The only grand slam to still be played on grass.  Founded in 1968 at the height of the croquet craze.  Today, it is an elegant, modern and beautiful club with a museum and tour well worth visiting. 

Find out more about accessibility at Wimbledon Museum and Tour.

Find out more about accessibility at Wimbledon.

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ZSL London Zoo

Learn more about the world’s most curious animals at ZSL London Zoo. Get closer to magnificent lions, cute little penguins and another 750 species as you enjoy a fun family day out in London.

Most of the zoo is accessible to wheelchair users. Don’t miss wheelchair-friendly Tiger Territory, with a lift to the viewing platform, and the aquarium, accessible via the disabled entrance next to the main doorway. Wheelchairs are available to borrow (advance booking required).

Find out more about accessibility at ZSL London Zoo.

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SEA LIFE London

Venture into an underwater world filled with beautiful creatures at the SEA LIFE London aquarium. Discover more than 500 species, from rays to green sea turtles, and don’t miss the famous Shark Walk.

Enjoy full disabled access on all of the aquarium’s levels, plus accessible toilets throughout. Wheelchairs are available to borrow on a first come, first served basis.

Find out more about accessibility at SEA LIFE London.

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WWT London Wetland Centre

Visit the urban London Wetlands and discover an award-winning nature reserve at your doorstep. Fill your lungs with fresh air, stretch your legs and get ready to explore the extraordinary wetland paradise, whatever the weather.

A world of wildlife awaits, with a variety of habitats on offer, there's always a star species on show. But it's not just wildlife enthusiasts that enjoy the beauty of our nature reserve. It’s a wonderful place for a relaxing walk through the scenic paths that meander among the lakes and gardens.

Find out more about accessibility at WWT London Wetlands Centre.

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Up at The O2

Take an exhilarating outdoor climb up the O2 over our world famous roof and enjoy the incredible views of London.  See a different side of the city, by day, at twilight or sunset. You'll get a 360 degree view of Historic Greenwich, The Olympic Park and Canary Wharf. 

Up at The O2 is now operating with smaller groups. so you'll get a more intimate and memorable experience than ever before.

Find out more about accessibility at the Up at The O2.

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The London Eye

See many of London’s top attractions from the London Eye, as you rotate over the river on a half-hour ride.

The London Eye is fully accessible: it allows entry to two wheelchair users per capsule and eight in total at any one time. Book your slot in advance to avoid disappointment. 

Find out more about accessibility at the London Eye.

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Tower Bridge

Discover all the secrets behind one of London’s greatest landmarks: Tower Bridge. Retrace the history of the famous bridge and soak up the views from the panoramic walkways, 45m (147 ft) above the river.

Both the bridge and the engine room's entrances are fully accessible and are connected by a lift, so you can start your visit from either part of the exhibition. Ask a member of staff if you’d like to borrow a wheelchair. 

Find out more about accessibility at Tower Bridge.

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Be transported back in time to Elizabethan London at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Visit the faithful reconstruction of the 1599 open-air playhouse and catch a performance of one of the Bard’s acclaimed plays.

The theatre, exhibition and tour are accessible to wheelchairs, and recorded commentaries and Braille panels are placed all around the exhibition. Make the most of your visit and see a show at the Globe. Audio-described, British Sign Language and captioned performances take place throughout the year, as well as relaxed performances conceived for visitors with autism. 

Find out more about accessibility at Shakespeare's Globe.

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St Paul's Cathedral

Visit St Paul’s Cathedral, one of London’s greatest landmarks, and learn about its intriguing history.

Enter the cathedral via the step-free South Churchyard entrance, from where you can take the lift to the crypts and cathedral floor, and access the quire and sacrarium via a user-operated chairlift. Wheelchairs are available on request, as well as audio-descriptive guides. Guided touch tours can be booked in advance, and British Sign Language tours are included in the cost of admission. Please note, the Whispering Gallery, the Stone Gallery and the Golden Gallery are not step-free. 

Find out more about accessibility at St Paul's Cathedral.

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The Shard

Experience 360-degree views over London with a visit to The View from The Shard. At more than 1,000ft (300 metres) tall, The Shard in London Bridge is almost twice as high as any other building in the city.

 

The View from The Shard allows you to go inside The Shard building and look out over London from the viewing platforms on levels 68 and 69. You can also head up to the Skydeck on level 72 - an open-air platform offering spectacular views over London. 

Top things to see from The View from The Shard include Tower Bridge, the twists and turns of the river Thames, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and St Paul's Cathedral.

While you're enjoying the views, grab a drink or snack served by one of the bars.

Find out more about accessibility at the Shard.

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Houses of Parliament

The history of the Houses of Parliament spans over 900 years from the Anglo-Saxons to the present

 

Audio and guided tours include the route taken by the Monarch at State Opening of Parliament; from the Robing Room, through the Royal Gallery and into the majestic Lords Chamber.

 

Tours then move on through Central Lobby, Members Lobby and one of the voting lobbies before entering the Commons Chamber, scene of many lively debates. 
Passing through St Stephen's Hall, tours end in 900-year-old Westminster Hall where Guy Fawkes was tried and where Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama addressed Parliament in more recent years.

 

Find out more about accessibility at the Houses of Parliament.

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Kew Gardens

Did you know London has a World Heritage Site botanic garden? Wander through the immense green spaces of Kew Gardens and discover tropical glasshouses, serene waterlily ponds and stunning flower displays.

The gardens are flat and most of the buildings, and all cafes, are wheelchair-accessible. Enjoy the fabulous view from the Treetop Walkway, accessible via a lift, and travel from one side of the garden to the other with the Kew Explorer land train, which can also fit one manual wheelchair. Mobility scooters and wheelchairs are available for hire from all gates.

Find out more about accessibility at Kew Gardens.

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LEGOLAND Windsor

LEGOLAND Windsor is a family theme park dedicated to the imagination and creativity of children of all ages.

 

With more than 55 interactive attractions, live shows, building workshops, driving schools and attractions, all set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland, LEGOLAND is the perfect destination for a fun family day out.

Find out more about accessibility at LEGOLAND Windsor.

Find out more about accessibility at LEGOLAND Windsor.

Find out more about accessibility at LEGOLAND Windsor.

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Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park  is the UK’s most ‘thrilling’ theme park for all the family.

Thorpe Park makes every effort that the theme park is accessible to as many guests as possible. As their environment is changing, they are responding to these changes and are committed to keeping guests safe, whilst still having a thrilling experience.

Thorpe Park offer guests with additional needs the Ride Access Pass option.  Offering a free carer pass.

Find out more about accessibility at Thorpe Park.

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Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington World of Adventures has rides and entertainment for kids and adults alike. You’ll find more than 40 rides and attractions across 10 exciting themed lands, as well as a SEA LIFE centre, a zoo with more than 1,000 animals and Go Ape at Chessington.

 

Find out more about accessibility at Chessington World of Adventures.

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The London Dungeon

Visit The London Dungeon & delve into the ancient capital’s most horrible history at the London Dungeon. Experience live actors, thrilling rides and exciting special effects during this terrifying 90-minute experience.

The London Dungeon is a walk-through experience that recreates scenes from London’s scary history. Take the medieval lift into the depths of the dungeon and begin your journey. Along the way you'll have a close shave with Fleet Street barber Sweeney Todd, investigate the mysterious identity of Jack the Ripper and discover the dreadful secrets of the torture chamber. Not for the faint-hearted!

One wheelchair per hour admitted to The London Dungeon, it is imperative to book.

Find out more about accessibility at The London Dungeon.

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Shrek's Adventure

Shrek's Adventure!  is a unique experience, developed by Merlin Entertainments in conjunction with DreamWorks Animation, brings to life the hilarious world of Shrek and friends. The fantastical tour combines 10 laugh-out-loud live shows and classic sets from the Shrek films with captivating storytelling, an amazing 4D ride, dramatic special effects and extraordinary DreamWorks animation.

You'll meet all your favourite Shrek characters as you quest around DreamWorks Tours: Shrek's Adventure! London, as well as encountering a magic mirror maze, smelly swamp, powerful spells and a cheeky DreamWorks Game Show.

Shrek’s Adventure welcomes guests with disabilities, together with their helpers and carers. The majority of facilities are designed to be fully accessible. It is also important that any wheelchair users book a wheelchair reservation in advance of their visit.

Find out more about accessibility at Shrek's Adventure!

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Harry Potter, Warner Bros. Studio 

At ‘The Making of Harry Potter’, step on to authentic sets, discover the magic behind spellbinding special effects and explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Harry Potter film series. 

Discover the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall and explore the Forbidden Forest, all before boarding the original Hogwarts Express at Platform 9 ¾ and wandering down Diagon Alley.

Located at the Studios where all eight films were produced, the Studio Tour showcases the British talent, imagination and artistry that went into making the impossible a reality on screen. Visitors will relive the magic through the eyes of the filmmakers who brought the Harry Potter film series to life.

 

Find out more about accessibility at Harry Potter, Warner Bros. Studio Tour.

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Kidzania

Kidzania, London is an indoor city run by kids!  Set in the vibrant Westfield London, Shepherd’s Bush.  A scaled city replica of real life for children 4-14 years designed to empower and inspire. 

 

From firefighters to pilots, journalist to TV presenter, shopkeeper to hairdresser.  A perfect environment for children to explore a huge variety of careers!

 

Find out more about accessibility at Kidzania, London.

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Theatre and Cinema

London’s theatre scene is one of the world’s best. See long-running musicals, classic comedy and innovative plays as theatres reopen. Book ahead for the best seats – you’ll find social distancing and other safety measures in place.

 

Find out more about accessibility at top London theatres before booking your tickets.

 

Find out more about accessibility at London cinemas.

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Royal Parks

5000 acres of quality green spaces across eight London parks. Get active with a gentle stroll, outdoor swim or bike ride. Connect with nature in some of the capital’s largest open spaces and most valuable habitats for wildlife. Enjoy world-class concerts, year-round events and community projects. Take part in group sports, education activities or volunteering. Or just watch the world go by in landscapes shaped by their unique history.

 

From boating lakes to birdsong, grand gardens to kids’ playgrounds, visit the parks today and find your escape from city life.

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