Here at Quingo Scooters, we really are passionate about helping people to explore England’s many historic sites. If you’re a history buff, then the country has a seemingly endless supply of fascinating places to visit. From ancient henges to stately homes and royal gardens, there is something for everyone. Happily, much of it is also accessible, meaning that our country’s rich heritage can be enjoyed by as many people as possible. Here are our Top 5 Historic Sites in England.
Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire
Rievaulx Abbey is one of those places that is so beautiful, and in such a spectacular setting, that it is almost hard to believe it is real. But it is, and the great news for those of us who use a mobility scooter is that much of the site is fully accessible. It’s not hard to see why the first Cistercian monks came here to establish the abbey in 1130. It really is a place full of peace and tranquillity. Of course, the Abbey has been at the centre of some remarkable stories over the last 888 years or so, and you can hear more about this at the Abbey’s excellent museum. It’s all accessible to you on your scooter, and you can also take a lift up to the upper floor. You’ll also find an excellent cafe there that serves hot and cold meals all day (just remember it closes half an hour before the Abbey does).
But the real joy of Rievaulx for us is just exploring the magnificent ruins. It’s an incredible experience in the heart of this peaceful valley. The Abbey has its own car park with two bays for Blue Badge holders. There are also two extra spaces within the site gates when it gets busy.
Brodsworth House, South Yorkshire
Staying in Yorkshire for a moment, we also have to mention Brodsworth House. It is a wonderful example of a Victorian country home set in gorgeous gardens that are easy to explore on your mobility scooter. Once you’ve enjoyed the garden (there are level, tarmac paths throughout) you can explore the house itself. You can take your mobility scooter around the whole of the ground floor, but you can also head up to the first floor (using the original lift!) to see some of the bedrooms. The hall is incredibly well-preserved. One of those historic houses that has been left pretty much as it was, and it is all the more interesting for it. The car park has five dedicated Blue Badge spaces.
We really had to include what is probably the UK’s most iconic historical site in this roundup. While Stonehenge’s original purpose has been lost over the millennia, visiting it is still an incredibly powerful experience. Of course, this Neolithic treasure is also incredibly popular, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, but it is for good reason. Much of the site, including the path alongside the stones themselves, is fully accessible by mobility scooter and the exhibition and visitor centre is also accessible via a ramp. Apart from seeing the spectacular stones themselves, we also really recommend setting aside some time to explore the centre, which is packed with many of the fascinating artefacts that have been found on the site. Stonehenge has its own car park with 22 parking bays for Blue Badge holders.
Osborne House, East Cowes
Anyone who enjoyed the recent TV adaptation of Queen Victoria’s life will absolutely love Osborne House. It was one of her favourite holiday homes and both Victoria and Albert spent a lot of time here. We don’t blame them: it is a beautiful home set in spectacular gardens. Much of the house itself is accessible with your scooter and you can take a lift up to the first floor apartments where the Royal couple used to stay. The gardens themselves also are fully accessible via firm and level paths and are well worth taking time to explore. The royal getaway has its own car park with 12 spaces for Blue Badge holders.
The Roman ruins of Chester
We’ve talked before here about the remarkable job that Chester has done of creating a town that is accessible to all. There are the historic 13th century elevated paths in the town centre known locally as ‘The Rows’ which are fully accessible, but of course there are also the city’s fantastic Roman ruins. These include the Roman gardens, which display many historic artefacts from the city’s history, but also the historic walls. The walls are a fascinating hotchpotch of Roman, Saxon and medieval history, and the entire two-mile stretch is fully accessible. We really fell in love with Chester when we visited, as it is one of those cities that packs a huge amount in to a relatively small space, with much of it accessible to those of us using a scooter. The Gorse Stacks, Frodsham Street and Cuppin Street car parks are all close to the walls and have dedicated Blue Badge spaces.
Accessing the UK’s historic sites.
By their very nature, many of the UK’s historic sites face complex issues around accessibility. Uneven surfaces, narrow entrances and worn steps all contribute to a making it hard to deliver a consistent level of accessibility for all. But most have done a great job, and we recommend that if you are interested in visiting a particular site it is always well worth giving the local team there a call to discuss your own individual needs.
Beyond that, a great starting point is the English Heritage site, the body who manage many of the UK’s most precious historical sites. The National Trust’s Access for Everyone page is also a helpful resource.
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