Accessibility for Visitors
Shuttleworth aims to be as accessible as possible to visitors. Designated parking for blue badge holders is provided close to the Visitor Centre entrance. There is level access to the car park into the Shuttleworth Visitor Centre, gift shop and restaurant. Registered assistance dogs are welcome, wheelchairs can be requested from our Visitor Centre.
The Swiss Garden
Designated parking for blue badge holders is provided close to the Visitor Centre entrance. There is level access from the car park areas to the Shuttleworth Visitor Centre. The Visitor Centre provides level access to a Restaurant and the entrance to the Swiss Garden.
Audio guides are available from the Visitor Centre to provide a spoken guide to the Swiss Garden. Necklace Loops are available with the audio guide and these can be used by visitors who use hearing aids.
The pathways in the Swiss Garden are firm and even, with minimal gradients, and most are suitable for access by wheelchair users. A small number of paths in the garden cannot be made accessible to wheelchair users due to the steep contours of the garden, however, where the original garden paths are not accessible to wheelchair users, alternative access routes have been provided. A printed map of the Swiss Garden is available and this shows the alternative access routes. The paths have regular passing places so that wheelchair users can easily pass.
Some Garden features and buildings are preserved in, or restored to, their original state, and consequently may not be directly accessible to wheelchair users and people that are unable to negotiate one or two steps. However, the Grotto and Fernery, and the Garden Room are accessible to all. Seating is provided around the Garden for people who may wish to rest. Volunteer staff are available to provide assistance for people who may require it.
The easy access detour is marked on the map of the Swiss Garden in PDF format. Printed copies are available from the Visitor Centre upon arrival.
The Collection hangars have ramp access between them, suitable for wheelchairs. There are benches provided within the hangars for people who may wish to rest.
For any further questions on accessibility at Shuttleworth please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01767 627927.