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Accessible Free Attractions in Shropshire

(and further afield, but within reach of a day trip)

This list has been compiled as a result of many requests for information for fully

accessible free days out in Shropshire. All attractions have been visited and

accessed by Disabled Holiday Information.

Battlefield 1403

Upper Battlefield, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, SY4 3DB

Phone: 01939 210905


Battlefield 1403 is a visitor centre which was newly opened for 2008 and is situated on a farm, 3 miles north of Shrewsbury just off of the A49. As well as a small exhibition there is a farm shop selling a wide variety of local products and a restaurant selling light snacks and meals. The exhibition is housed in a former farm building and describes the events that took place during the Battle of Shrewsbury which was fought on the 21st of July, 1403 in the fields adjacent to the farm. Nearby is Battlefield Church which has a 4 inch (approx) step and the Battlefield Heritage Trail. Wheelchairs users will need to drive the three quarters of a mile to the trail car park as the path from the visitor centre is unsuitable for wheelchairs.

Shrewsbury Abbey Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, SY2 6BS Phone: 01743 232723 www.shrewsburyabbey.com The Abbey is situated on Abbey Foregate on the eastern side of the town of Shrewsbury just over the English bridge. The Saxons had a church here before the Normans came in 1070 but the Benedictine Abbey was started in 1083. During the dissolution of the abbey in 1540 much of building was demolished but the original Norman arches remain. This beautiful place of worship which is also the Parish Church of the Holy Cross is well worth a visit. The tombs within the Abbey are of particular interest and have a good tactile element for people with visual impairment.

Telford Town Park Telford, Shropshire, England, TF3 4HD Phone: 01952 567280 www.telford.gov.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.aspx?documentID= 169&pageNumber=5 Telford Town Park covers 170 hectares and is situated adjacent to the main shopping complex in the town centre. The park can be accessed from several points including level access from the shopping complex and inclined access from 4 designated spaces at the top of Southwater Way (N.B. blue badge holders are allowed double the permissive parking time here). There are excellent benches near the visitor centre see photo. General access round the park is on good surfaced paths however please note the site covers a large area and manual wheelchair users may require some assistance with some of the steeper inclines.

The Maxwell Cherry gardens are a delightful place to rest and have wheelchair access and good seating throughout. Please note there are steps within the gardens but it is possible to avoid these by leaving the gardens and re-entering at an alternative entrance. There is also a small sensory garden. Access to the play areas for wheelchair using parents and grandparents may be limited due to the soft bark on the surface.

The Mere The Mereside Visitor Centre, Ellesmere, Shropshire, England, SY12 0HD Phone: 01691 622981 www.shropshire.gov.uk/countryside.nsf/open/6AAF9B79664EAEB5 802574E3003C837E The Mere is located within wheeling distance of the town of Ellesmere in North Shropshire. There is a wheelchair accessible footpath which winds through the adjacent parkland and around part of the lake. A Visitor Centre and the Boathouse Restaurant are located on the Mere-side promenade. As well as a wealth of information about the area, there is a small exhibition within the visitor centre (however at present because of a lack of underneath clearance it is difficult for some wheelchair users to get close enough to enjoy the interactive element).

Visitors can also watch live footage of the wildlife on the Mere which during the spring includes close up views of the heronry. The restaurant has a wheelchair accessible veranda with an outside eating area and wonderful views over the Mere.

From here there is a ramp down on to the path way that leads to promenade.

Whittington Castle (CAR PARK CHARGE) Castle Street, Whittington, Shropshire, England, SY11 4DF Phone: 01691 662397 www.whittingtoncastle.co.uk Whittington Castle is set in about 12 acres of ground and was built in the 12th century by William Peverel on the site of a stronghold dating from the time of King Offa and that was probably surrounded by a wooden stockade. Later additions include the Elizabethan Cottage that is attached to the Northern Bailey Gate. Access around the site has been greatly improved for visitors with more limited mobility and there is a gently sloping pathway winding up across the moat and on to the ramparts. Interpretation boards detail what life would have been like in years gone by. Also on site there is a small bookshop and the proceeds are used to help towards upkeep of this community run enterprise.

The Earth Centre Derwen College, Oswestry, Shropshire, England, SY11 3JA Phone: 01691 661234 www.derwen.ac.uk/visitors/derwen-estates.html The Earth Centre is part of Derwen Estates and is located within the grounds of the Derwen College near Oswestry. It has been developed as an environmental teaching resource and visitor centre, with the theme of the natural environment and the impact that people have upon it. The ten-acre site includes a woodland area planted with native trees that has a 750 metre wheelchair accessible trail running through it.

The Earth Centre is comprised of a number of different pocket-sized habitats including areas to attract birds and insects. In addition, there are large beds of different varieties of willow trees for basketry and other willow work. A number of trees are grown in the nursery and a small organic allotment is being developed by Derwen Estates to produce teasels, bulrushes, poppy heads, twisty willow etc for sale to the public through college outlets, including the Garden Centre. The woodland surrounding the trail is gradually maturing and provides a pleasant walk/wheel throughout the seasons but is especially attractive during the autumn months with an abundance of colour from the changing leaves and the ripe berries and fruits. The college's ethos of offering real life working environments to their students make visitors an essential element at the Derwen and as well as the trail you can enjoy some excellent homemade refreshments at Tiffin’s or lunch Betty's Coffee Shop and The Orangery Restaurant. You might also wish to browse around the excellent garden centre, the art gallery or buy locally grown produce in the Farm Shop.

RAF Museum Cosford (CAR PARK CHARGE) Shifnal Shropshire England TF11 8UP Phone: 01902 376 200 www.rafmuseum.org.uk The Museum is conveniently situated a short distance from junction 3 on the M54.

There are up to 70 aircraft on display which include war planes as well as missiles, transport and research collections. The National Cold War Exhibition is housed in a purpose built hangar with a lift which can take visitors up to an elevated viewing platform (with enough room to accommodate mobility scooters and larger powered chairs). Access around the museum is excellent and the volunteer staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. The flight simulator is the only interactive exhibit that has limited access (four steps). The designated toilet facilities have varying lateral transfer :- right and left hand and an adult changing facility in the visitor centre by the entrance, hangar 1 right hand only, hangar 2 left hand by gents right hand by ladies, cold war exhibit left hand transfer.

Cae Glas Park Church Street Oswestry, Oswestry, Shropshire, England, SY11 2SS Phone: 01691 662753 www.oswestrytc.gov.uk/Core/Oswestry/Pages/Cae_Glas_Park_3.aspx The Park covers seven acres and has beautiful floral displays during the spring and summer months. There are various events held in the park each year including the open air 'Music Live' which for 2010 will be held on the 24th of July. General access around the park is on hard surfaced paths and there is plenty of seating. Shop mobility located at the Qube in Oswald Road offer mobility scooters and manual wheelchairs for hire tel 01691 662753. The Heritage Centre which houses the town’s visitor information centre is located behind the adjacent St Oswald’s Church a couple of minutes wheel/walk from the park. It is accessed via a small ramp and although it is a listed building there is wheelchair access to the tearoom on the ground floor. However at peak times due to the confinements of the building there will be limited access to some of the tables. The nearest accessible toilet is in the park. A varied programme of exhibitions are also held at the centre during the year however please note access to the gallery is up a steep staircase. For information on the guided walks that start from the centre each Saturday from Easter to September please phone the number above or e-mail: guides@oswestrywelshborders.org.uk Bridgemere Garden World Bridgemere, Nantwich, Cheshire, England, CW5 7QB Phone: 01270 521100 www.thegardencentregroup.co.uk/on/demandware.store/SitesWyevale-Site/default/Stores-StoreDetails?storeID=Bridgemere Bridgemere Garden World is part of the Wyevale Group and has an extensive range of plants in the nursery area including a selection of rare and unusual plants. There is also a large under cover shopping area with gifts and garden accessories, tools and equipment, a restaurant and cafe, several independently owned shops such as Hobbycraft and free entrance to a six acre garden. Access around the main site is good and mainly level with only the large greenhouse (with it rough floor surface) and some areas of the gardens needing light assistance. Please note the designated toilets in the ladies and gents outside the main entrance are not accessible for wheelchair users due to the steeply ramped entrance and the limited internal dimensions in the cubicles. There are however 3 other accessible toilets on site, for further details of these facilities see below.

Carding Mill Valley (CAR PARK CHARGE) Chalet Pavilion, Carding Mill Valley, Church Stretton, Shropshire, England, SY6 6JG Phone: 01694 723068 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-cardingmillvalleyandlongmynd Carding Mill Valley lies at the base of the Long Mynd Ridge in the borderland of South Shropshire which covers an area of nearly 1295 hectares (5 square miles).

The National Trust owns 5,850 acres including the valley and this unique landscape is designated a SSSI for its geology and biology, it is also within the Shropshire AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty). There are many trails in the area but these due to the naturally hilly terrain mostly have steep inclines. Visitors with more limited walking ability and wheelchair users can also enjoy the stunning views and the peaceful setting from the car parks and grassed picnic areas along the valley.

N.B. There is a second designated toilet (accessed from inside the cafe and adjacent to the ladies toilet) that is not radar key operated and that has right hand lateral transfer.

Llanymynech Industrial Heritage Site North Road, Llanymynech, Shropshire, England, SY22 6EA Phone: 01743 255957 www.shropshire.gov.uk/countryside.nsf/open/B790AA047FA99E2B 80256C8E004330E9 This unique heritage site is located at Llanymynech is four miles south of Oswestry on the A483. Visitors to the site are not only able to enjoy the beautiful countryside but gain real insight into the lime works and to see inside the Hoffman Kiln (one of only 3 remaining in the UK) that operated on the site from 1894 to 1914. The Visitor Centre is situated at the wharf on the left hand side as you enter Llanymynech.

Please note there is limited parking on site. It has displays detailing the industrial heritage of the area including Hoffman's Lime Kiln and is open Sundays and Bank holidays between Easter and the end of September and Saturdays in July and August from 2.00 to 4.30pm. The trail extending the area of the Llanymynech Heritage Site that is accessible enables people with mobility issues to not only see more of the site but to be able to actually go inside the Hoffman Kiln. There has been a great deal of thought and effort to make this interesting and unique piece of architectural heritage accessible for all visitors and we commend those connected with the development for the site for their achievement. This is a category 3 circular trail (approximately 1 mile) which means manual wheelchair users may need the assistance of a fit pusher to access all areas. A key is available for the gate at the entrance (for easier access for larger wheelchairs) and the education room by ringing the site warden on 01691 624448 or Rosemary Pyne at the Village Hall on 01691 839147 in advance of your visit. Recent improvements to access at the site including wheelchair accessible picnic tables, improvements to path surface by entrance and designated parking. There is not a cafe on site but our researchers can recommend 'The Village Pantry' cafe in Llanymynech for its excellent food and helpful staff.

Nantwich Museum Pillory Street, Nantwich, Cheshire, England, CW5 5BQ Phone: 01270 627104 http://freespace.virgin.net/nantwich.museum/index.htm Nantwich Museum was founded in 1980 and is situated in the heart of the town.

There is no admission charge and it relies on volunteer staff for its existence so donations towards the upkeep are very welcome. Though not large there are a wealth of artefacts on display as well as a varied programme of exhibitions in the Millennium Gallery. The museum has an unusually good tactile/interactive element and visitors with cognitive/visual impairment may find this particularly interesting.

The museum does not have its own cafe but there are a good selection of level access cafes/restaurants in Nantwich including the Ingle Nook Cafe just across the street.

Powysland Museum The Canal Wharf, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 7AQ Phone: 01938 554656 www.powys.gov.uk/index.php?id=2117&L=0 The Powysland Museum is housed in a former warehouse on the Montgomery Canal that runs through the eastern edge of the Welshpool and is only five minutes walk from the town centre. The wide range of exhibits depicting local life and the history of Montgomeryshire are housed on two floors. Signage within the museum is accessible, clear and of a good size font. Access around each floor area is also good. The museum does not have designated toilet facilities for all visitors but those with disabilities may use the accessible toilet used by the museum staff.

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