Accessible Days Out
We would appreciate any feedback and accessible days out that you have enjoyed to add to the list.
Disabled car parking
If you are a Blue Badge holder you are able to park for free in Cornwall Council pay and display car parks that operate a Pay on Exit barrier provided you register a disabled vehicle which qualifies for free tax with the council beforehand. For further details please go to https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/physical-disabilities/blue-badge-disabled-parking-permits/how-to-register-for-free-parking-if-you-have-a-vehicle-adapted-for-a-disabled-person/
The golden beach of Perranporth is a year round winner for its fantastic facilities which include a sand chair to aid beach access. There is a beach restaurant called The Watering Hole. The town of Perranporth and the beach are relatively flat. There is a car next to the beach. Dogs are accepted all year round but must be kept on a lead during the peak season.
Beach wheelchairs are available to hire from Perranporth Garden Charities. https://www.perranporthgardencharities.org.uk or give them a call on 07881 521730 to reserve your chair.
Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth
Falmouth’s largest beach which is buggy friendly and has a Sand Chair available, telephone 01326 312884. Dogs are banned between May and September. There is the well-kept formal Queen Mary Gardens close by. The car park is 100 yards away and the access to the beach is flat.
Gylly beach cafe https://www.gyllybeach.com is fully accessible by a wheelchair user.
There are many other beach locations where a wheelchair can be hired through Cornwall Mobility 01872 254920. https://www.cornwallmobility.co.uk/downloads/Sand-chair-beach-wheelchair-map_06-2018.pdf
There are a total of 45 beaches in Cornwall with varying levels of disabled access and facilities please go to https://www.cornwall-beaches.co.uk/accessible for further details.
Despite being a valley garden with steep sections and steps, there is a step-free route round the garden which is accessible for motorised vehicles. Two motorised Tramper mobility scooters are also available to hire free of charge at Trebah through the Countryside Mobility scheme (book ahead to avoid disappointment). Plus, entry for people with disabilities and their carer is half the standard rate. Call 01326 252200 to book.
The Eden Project caters of all ages and abilities. There are accessible parking spaces, toilet and wheelchairs available for hire. https://www.edenproject.com/visit/before-you-visit/accessibility-guide
The Camel Trail cycle path
Arguably Cornwall’s most popular cycle path and it is great for those with reduced mobility. Both Camel Trail Bike Hire and Bike Smart Bike Hire in Wadebridge haves bikes for hire that have been specifically designed for children and adults with disabilities. It is essential to book ahead. https://www.cameltrailcyclehire.co.uk/camel-trail-bike-hire-prices/ or https://www.bikesmartcornwall.co.uk/Bike-hire
Mylor Sailing School
A sailing a powerboat school with full accessible facilities and boats. There is a wheelchair friendly powerboat where the front section flaps down to allow ease of boarding for those with mobility problems. The sailing boats are not suitable for those who cannot sit unaided or in a wheelchair. There are ramps to access the pontoon and slipway. Please see for further details: https://mylorsailingschool.co.uk/accessible-3/
The beautiful Truro Cathedral is seen as a triumph of Gothic Revival Architecture and its magnificent spires can be seen soaring above the city’s skyline. The cathedral is free to enter and has a ramp access at the front of the cathedral in High Cross near the front entrance. Nearly all parts of the cathedral are accessible by ramp, but St Mary’s aisle is not accessible by a wheelchair. Nevertheless you would still be able to see the wonderful stained glass windows by St Mary’s aisle.
There is an accessible restaurant and toilet inside the cathedral and a wheelchair available for use by the shop ramp entrance. https://www.trurocathedral.org.uk
Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro
From River Street there is a step-free access, via a ramp taking you to the main museum entrance. All parts of the museum are accessible by wheelchair including a unisex accessible toilet. Guide and Assistance dogs are welcome. Forffurther details please visit https://www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/visiting-us/accessibility
Penzance to Marazion seafront
This walk is an easy 2.7 miles (4.3km) from Penzance to Marazion from the starting point at Penzance Station main car park (TR18 2LT). The walk is on a virtually level path along the seawall surfaced path suitable for a wheelchair user and pushchairs. It gives fabulous views across Mounts Bay to St Michaels Mount, the Lizard and Mousehole. Visit here to check suitability https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/71/#
Wetwheels South West
Based in Falmouth and founded by yachtsman Geoff Holt MBE offering a unique opportunity for disabled and disadvantaged people of all ages – including those with multiple, profound and complex impairments – access to the water.
This is the most stunning walkway and cycle path part of an old railway track. Wheelchair bikes can be hired from http://www.bridgebikehire.co.uk/camel-trail-bike-hire/ PL27 7AL.
St Ives is a typical old Cornish fishing village. Although there are cobbled street St Ives welcomes disabled visitors. There are beach wheelchairs to hire from Porthminster Beach where the train arrives from Truro via the St Erth station. It is a fairly level access into St Ives centre from the station.
There is an award winning café and restaurant on Porthminster Beach which is accessible from St Ives railway station. You can travel by train or park your car in the station car park and use the path under the bridge to access the café. https://www.porthminstercafe.co.uk
Godolphin House – National Trust
An ancient and atmospheric estate with a medieval garden and historic house. See their website but helpfully, it has a Tramper chair to hire available through Countryside Mobility. To book and find out more see here.
Trevaskis Farm and Café
Connor Down, Hayle, TR27 5QJ. 01209 714009
Trevaskis Farm has spent the last 30 years providing the freshest and heartiest meals from their farm produce. Be warned the portions are very generous. There is dedicated disabled parking and access to the café and farm shop. The farm is sometimes accessible for wheelchairs but not always if the weather is bad so you need to telephone first. Pick your own is under polytunnels and is accessible.
Accessible Eating Out
There are many places to eat that are Accessible please see our Eating Out page.
Euan’s Guide is a charity aimed at providing information for disabled people to give them confidence and choices for getting out and about. There are many places listed in Cornwall. https://www.euansguide.com/