Accessible Cliff Lifts & Land Trains
Specially adapted wheelchairs for hire
Free boat trips for people of all ages with disabilities
We have 5 beach accessible wheelchairs available for wheelchair users; 3 of them can be used in the sea.
We do not operate a booking service for the wheelchairs. These are on a first come, first served basis. They are available from Sandbanks, Shore Road and Branksome Chine beach offices 9.30am to 4.30pm, from May to September. You will have to pay a £50 cash deposit.
Sandbanks beach has Mobi-Mats to help wheelchair users move easily form the promenade onto the sand and closer to the sea. These are available between Easter and September.
Accessibility information at Poole beaches:
There are disabled toilets at these beaches:
The toilets are accessible RADAR toilets which need a key to access. If you don't have one, apply for a RADAR key.
Longthorns, Wareham BH20 6HH
All of Monkey World is accessible for our disabled visitors except for the Woodland Walk, due to the uneven ground. The only primate enclosure along the Woodland Walk is one marmoset house. In a few places around the park there are some uneven surfaces and short areas on steep cambers which may be difficult to negotiate for manual wheelchair users. We have a fleet of motorised scooters which are perfect for negotiating these areas, and can be booked in advance.
If you have queries or questions prior to your visit, please contact us at 01929 462537 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Higher Bockhampton, near DorchesterDT2 8QJ
Birthplace of Thomas Hardy.
A lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace in the rural Dorset Countryside.
Ferry Road, Studland BH19 3AQ
Vast areas of sandy beach. A limited number of beach accessible wheelchairs can be hired free of charge (returnable deposit required)
4 miles South East of Chard, Somerset(see website for instructions on how to find Forde Abbey)
A privately owned former Cistercian monastery in Dorset with a postal address in Chard, Somerset. 30 acres of award winning gardens.
Much of the garden is accessible to people in wheelchairs, although there are some sloping gravel paths and lawns, and the Bog Garden may present some difficulties. On arrival, the most suitable paths for wheelchair users will be indicated to you. If you have any other disability, please ask staff for advice. There are benches around the gardens to rest. There is a ‘battericar’ and a wheelchair available for visitors. It is best to book the use of these in advance from the Gift Shop (01460 221699 daily 10am-5pm) who will also be able to advise you before your visit regarding accessibility.
9m Sailing Catamaran. "Hands on" sailing experience for disabled people, their families and carers. Knoticat is a 10m Catalac sailing catamaran and has been extensively modified with wide ramps to make access easy for most wheelchairs.
The boat was purchased in 2001 and has been in continuous use ever since, providing a unique sailing experience for its users. In 2013 more than 1000 disabled and their carers sailed with us.
Knoticat has room to take up to seven passengers. She has two steering positions, one of which is low level for those in wheelchairs and a fully enclosed cabin with an accessible private toilet. Being a catamaran she provides a stable platform for anyone who is new to sailing.
The boat carries all the latest safety devices, is fitted with up to date communication and navigation equipment and on every trip we have a qualified first aider.
We have a full galley and tea and coffee are usually made during the trips.
We try to provide a real ‘hands-on’ sailing experience with everyone able to participate in the steering, sailing and navigation.
Mobi Mat to allow beach access for wheelchairs from Easter until September. 5 beach accessible wheelchairs available. Contact Sandbanks Beach office by telephoning 01202708181
Station House, Swanage, Dorset BH9 1HB
All Swanage Railway station platforms offer step-free access and Disabled access is available to most trains.
Wheelchairs are able to be carried in the Guard's Van on most services, and if the passenger has some mobility then they can sit in nearby passenger accommodation rather than travel in the Guard's Van. Our trains have corridor connections between the coaches.
A ramp is available to provide wheelchair access to trains, and our friendly platform staff and train crews will be happy to assist. Please note that our ramps have a safe weight limit of 300kg.
The maximum dimentions of any wheelchair or electronic scooter is:
Length: 1200m (3ft 11in approx.)
Width: 700mm (2ft 3in approx.)
Maximum combined weight of user and scooter: 300kg (47st 3lb approx.)
Telephone ; 01929 425800
Lighthouse Road, Swanage, Dorset BH9 2JL
Durlston Country Park aims to provide the highest level of access possible for all users. We have an online access guide now available with comprehensive information for visitors with access requirements. Please use the link below.
Less mobile visitors are welcome to hire out one of our 2 battery operated Trampers. These specially designed off road mobility buggies are easy to drive and allow you access to much of the park along several agreed routes. The routes vary in distance and terrain, providing a range of experiences to suit people seeking a simple ride to those looking for something more challenging.
Our Trampers are run as part of the Countryside Mobility South West scheme. Membership to the scheme and a 10 minute induction session is required before a Tramper can be hired out for a small donation. Booking in advance is recommended, but not essential.
The Countryside Mobility Scheme is working to improve access to the countryside for people with limited mobility living in and visiting the South West region. For more information on the scheme please follow the link above.
The boat has ramp access and can carry 12 passengers including 6 wheelchair spaces. Sails around the spectacular Jurassic Coast of Dorset. For more info please call 07974 266867
Abbot's Quay, Wareham BH20 4LW
£35 an hour plus £5 per passenger (up to a max of 8)
Self drive or a skipper is available for £10 an hour.
Roll on/roll off access flat deck. For more info please telephone 01929 550688
An all terrain 'Tramper' mobility scooter allows you to take a short but spectacular route which offers clifftop views of Stair Hole, perfect for seeing the folded layers of rock at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The routes at the estate, which includes the highest cliffs in Southern England, take in spectacular coastal views along the World Heritage Site as well as woodland walks in the rolling hills back from the coastline.
Although the path to the very summit of Golden Cap is not currently suitable it is hoped that if demand for service is strong resources may be found for the necessary path works.
Visiting Golden Cap - Important Information, Booking and Directions
Advance booking is essential at Golden Cap. The service is available from May to end of September (ground conditions permitting) with hire sessions starting at 10am and 2pm Thursday to Sunday. With sufficient advance notice it may be possible at other times. Call 01297 489481 or email email@example.com
Cash or cheque payments only as there are not card payment facilities at this site.
Please note that there are currently no refreshments on site. There is a toilet on site although it is not a specific accessible toilet. Within a few minutes’ drive there are facilities at Seatown, Chideock and Charmouth.
The Tramper is located at Filcombe Farm (postcode: DT6 6EP).Bridport
Holton, Poole, Dorset BH16 6JN
A centre of wellbeing that covers approximately 350 acres, most of which is a Site of Specific Interest, located on the edge of Lytchett Bay. A variety of off-road mobility vehicles can be hired from Holton Lee allowing access to horticultural areas, birdhides, geocaches and viewing points.
Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood BH24 2ET
One Tandem and two wheelchair bikes
*Also wide range of adapted cycles available during Accessible Cycling Sessions on Tues and Thurs morning
"Whatever your disability, whether you know how to sail or not, you will end up smiling"
A range of boats that are specially adapted to take people with a wide range of disabilities.
Linsay Road, Bovington, Wareham BH20 6JG
Excellent access around the site with lifts, ramps and broad pathways. Wheelchair access to a viewing point above the arena. Each disabled guests receives free admission for one carer.
Poole Road, Upton, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7BJ
Accessibility for wheelchair & pushchair users and those with limited mobility
The Park has a network of hard-surfaced wheel-friendly footpaths. There are several kissing gates throughout the estate; each is accessible with a RADAR key.
Accessible toilets are located in the car park and by the Tea Rooms (RADAR key). A lift from the Tea Rooms takes users to 'The Gallery Upstairs' art gallery on the first floor.
Access to Upton House ground floor includes entrance/exit ramps and toilet facilities.
New Barn Road, Abbotsbury
nr Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4JG
Those who are able to provide documentary identification of disability (i.e. blue / orange badge or similar) will be able to take a carer in free of charge.
Access to the Swannery
The paths at the Swannery are flat and access to all areas in a wheelchair is possible except to the telescope platform.
Level B, Multi Storey Car Park, Kingland Crescent BH15 1TA
St Johns Hill, Wareham BH20 4NB