If you are looking to plan a fun or interesting day out in Cornwall, but need to know which attractions you will be able to enjoy the most and accommodate your disability, we’ve shortlisted 10 great places which are committed to ensuring their site caters for all types of individual needs. We reached out to our social media followers for suggestions and recommendations and we’re sure you won’t be disappointed! Keep reading to start planning your day out…
Trethorne Leisure Farm, Launceston
Trethorne Leisure Park is suitable for the disabled. The restaurant, bowling alley, games room and dodgems all have ground floor access. The majority of the Leisure Farm can be accessed by wheelchair users, however Trethorne is a farm so some areas are uneven. Guide Dogs are allowed into the Leisure Park. There are disabled toilets situated in the restaurant and Leisure Park.
Mylor Sailing School, Falmouth
If you have any kind of impairment, physical disability or learning disability Mylor Sailing School have scheduled sessions every week. Stay active and enjoy being on the water. Private sessions also available. Beginner – racing, adult only sessions, and more! Gain RYA certification in sailing and powerboating. Pre-booking is essential. Get in touch to discuss your requirements or book in online.
Geevor Tin Mine, Penzance
The team at Geevor say it is really important to them that the site has something to offer everyone whatever their access requirements. They do this by providing lots of different ways to enjoy the site. For those with limited mobility or who want a shorter visit, their Hard Rock Museum, housed in a former workshop building, is Geevor in a nutshell and has been designed to be a complete experience in itself. Their café has huge windows with a fabulous view over the site taking in a wide panorama of The Tin Coast. It is a great place for those who cannot access the rest of the site to sit and take in the atmosphere.
Newquay Zoo, Newquay
Newquay Zoo is a leading family visitor attraction in Cornwall and committed to ‘Access for All’. They believe that by creating an environment free from barriers and obstacles, they can ensure that our facilities and services are fully accessible. It is a beautiful and picturesque zoo built into 13 acres of sub-tropical gardens, and is considered reasonably wheelchair and pushchair friendly. Gradients are less than one in twelve however some appear fairly steep, therefore not all paths are easy to manage independently in a manual wheelchair. Electric scooters can be booked in advance.
Eden Project, Par
The Eden Project wants to provide a great experience for all ages, abilities and backgrounds. They were crowned winner of the Inclusive Tourism Award by Visit England in 2017. They work with the Sensory Trust to find creative approaches to physical access and sharing information. They also offer ‘relaxed’ versions of many of their family activities, designed to welcome audience members who may benefit from a more informal experience, such as those with autism and sensory or communication needs.
Trebah Gardens, Nr Falmouth
Entry rates for people who are less able, disabled and for their carers is half the standard full Adult admission rate per person. Trebah continually works to ensure that all visitors, no matter what their ability, can gain the most from their visit and have the best possible access to their facilities and services. Trebah Kitchen, Gallery & Garden Shops and Trebah Plant Sales are fully accessible. They have a fully adapted unisex toilet in the Visitor Centre.
Camel Creek, Wadebridge
The ride access pass is intended to provide a reduced waiting time compared to the standard queue line although this cannot always be guaranteed. Each pass allows up to two people to benefit from this special access if they are visiting the park with the disabled guest. This of course does not limit the guests from enjoying any of the other attractions, shows, animals and other activities on the park as many times as they choose. All staff are trained and enabled to recognise the individual needs of any guests. All guests are treated as individuals and staff are never too busy to take care of them!
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell
The team at Heligan continually work to ensure that all visitors, whatever their ability, can gain the most from their visit and have the best possible access to their facilities and services. Most of the 13-acre Northern Gardens is accessible and there is full access to the Hide (the indoor heart of our Wildlife Project), and the Steward’s House. The cost of admission includes free entry for one personal assistant, for those requiring help during their visit.
Screech Owl Sanctuary, Indian Queens
Screech Owl Sanctuary believe that by creating an environment free from barriers and obstacles they can ensure their facilities, services and the environment are fully accessible to all. They want everyone to enjoy their visit to the sanctuary and endeavor to make everything accessible and visible. They pride themselves on the work they do with people with all special needs including those with visual and sensory impairment. Many individuals and groups are given a unique experience and the opportunity to use tactile sensory stimulation by touching and feeling the owls. They offer reduced admission price for disabled visitors and one carer.
St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre, St Austell
They hope to ensure you enjoy your visit to St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre regardless of whether your life is affected in some way by a medical condition, disability, impairment or specific learning difficulty. The museum is located on the second floor with lift access from the first floor. Explore St Austell Brewery’s Visitor Centre and learn the fascinating story of their pubs, our beers, our wines and spirits and the Cornish families who created them over the years. The Visitor Centre provides a large free-of-charge customer car park with 52 spaces and 2 designated disabled parking areas which are clearly signed.