From palaces to zoos, many of London's parks and open spaces are wheelchair-accessible and some organise activities specifically for disabled visitors. Take a look at our selection below to plan your day out in London, or see our Accessible London section for further ideas for days out in London.
Battersea Park Children's Zoo
Set in the beautiful Battersea Park, this small children's zoo is home to all sorts of animals – from farmyard favourites to monkeys, birds and reptiles. There is also a contact area where children can see the animals close up and stroke them. The zoo is fully accessible with signed events on request, Braille information sheets and disabled toilets. You may also want to check out London's City Farms.
A spectacular art deco house in South East London, Eltham Palace was built in 1936 adjoining the original medieval Great Hall. It's set in 19 acres of richly planted gardens with panoramic views over London. The palace itself has good access including a touch panel display, audio tour, hearing loop and Braille information on request. The gardens are mostly accessible, although there are some uneven surfaces and a deep moat. Read about more of London's stately homes and palaces.
Horniman Museum and Gardens
Covering 6.5 hectares (16 acres) of beautiful grounds, the Horniman Museum and Gardens in South East London features formal landscaped gardens with stunning views over London. Highlights include a sunken garden, the analemmatic sundial – where you can tell the time using your own shadow – and a beautiful rose garden. There is also an animal enclosure with turkeys, goats and rabbits and a nature trail. The Horniman Museum and Gardens are both wheelchair-accessible and have accessible toilets.
One of London's four World Heritage Sites, the impressive Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is set over 300 acres with more than 30,000 species of living plants. For the most part, Kew Gardens are accessible for all. There are certain exceptions, such as the galleries in the Palm House and Temperate House. Several access amenities are on offer but usually require advance booking. These include, for example, disabled parking bays, free wheelchair and mobility scooter hire, and space for one wheelchair on the Kew Explorer tour vehicle. It is also possible to book the Discovery mobility bus for groups with special needs.
Lee Valley Riding Centre
There are many opportunities for accessible cycling in London's parks. Or you can get a different view of London on horseback. Enjoy a lesson or hack at the Lee Valley Riding Centre where specially trained staff offer a range of lessons and activities including the "Have A Go" sessions. Lessons are open to anyone with a sensory, physical or learning disability and the centre is fully accessible. Sessions must be booked in advance.
WWT London Wetland Centre
The mosaic of pools, ponds and lakes at the London Wetland Centre recreates 105 different habitats from around the world. Get closer to nature using new technology and TV monitors that let you explore the wilderness areas of the reserve. There are free guided tours and bird feeds daily. The majority of paths have tarmac and are accessible for wheelchairs. Facilities include low-level access to the ground-floor hides, free wheelchair loans and a fixed hearing loop in the audio-visual theatre.
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Set in the beautiful surroundings of Regent's Park, the Open Air Theatre presents a summer programme of performances in the specially built theatre. Completely outdoors, the performances go ahead even if it's raining. So make sure you wrap up warm and pack a waterproof! Performances are cancelled only in extreme weather conditions. The theatre is wheelchair-accessible and there are signed performances available. Guide dogs are welcome and there is also an FM-assisted listening system provided.
This reconstructed open-air theatre on the banks of the Thames brings the world of Shakespeare to life using interactive exhibits and live demonstrations. A full theatre programme runs between May and September. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the exhibition are both accessible. The theatre has provision for wheelchair users and a hearing aid induction loop is available at all performances. Both hearing and guide dogs are welcome.