Top 20 accessible outdoor places in London

Enjoy a day out in the fresh air at one of these outdoor London attractions.

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 top picks below to plan your day out in London, or find out more with our accessible London guide

1. Kew Gardens

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Explore rare plants, tropical glasshouses, wildflower meadows, formal gardens and more at Kew Gardens. Learn about the botanical gardens with a guided tour, including monthly British Sign Language (BSL) tours and bimonthly sensory tours that give visitors the chance explore smells and textures.

Most paths are wheelchair friendly, with wheelchairs available to borrow at all gates. Mobility scooters can be booked in advance. Some attractions are only accessible by manually operated wheelchairs, including the glasshouses and Treetop Walkway.

Discover more about accessibility at Kew Gardens.

2. Stepney City Farm

Meet pigs, goats and bunnies as you learn about life on a working farm during a tour of Stepney City Farm. You'll find tours for visually impaired people that delve into the smells, textures and sounds of the farm.  

The farm is wheelchair accessible with tarmac paths, though Blue Badge parking should be arranged in advance. Assistance dogs are also welcome to join in the fun.

Discover more about accessibility at Stepney City Farm.

3. Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

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Spend a day in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, two adjoining Royal Parks that share the Serpentine lake. Explore many attractions across both parks, from Kensington Palace to Speakers' Corner and The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk.

Those with limited mobility may enjoy a free Liberty Rides buggy journey around the park that takes in the key sites of the 308-hectare (760-acre) parkland. Most paths are wheelchair friendly and there are accessible toilets throughout the parks.

Discover more about accessibility at Hyde Park and accessibility at Kensington Gardens

4. Lee Valley White Water Centre

Enjoy an action-packed day on the water at Lee Valley White Water Centre. Staff receive disability awareness training and are on hand to ensure that everyone has fun rafting on white water or paddling in a canoe on the lake. 

The site features Blue Badge parking spaces, ramp access to the entrance of the centre, space for mobility scooters to move around and a hoist to get into rafts and canoes. Contact the centre ahead of time to discuss any requirements, including requesting BSL-trained staff.

Discover more about accessibility at Lee Valley White Water Centre.

5. Up at The O2

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Relish the challenge of Up at The O2, an exhilarating climb to the top of an iconic landmark. You can usually complete the climb if you can walk unaided, but call ahead to discuss your individual requirements.

Wheelchair users can also take on this adventure with a wheelchair-friendly climb. You'll climb in a special chair with 4 guides using a pulley system to help you to the top. Keep in mind that you'll need to move yourself into the chair, or bring an assistant or friend to help, as Up at The O2 staff aren't able to help with the transfer. 

Discover more about accessibility at Up at The O2.

6. ZSL London Zoo

Discover the wonders of the animal kingdom at ZSL London Zoo. Come face to face with lions, marvel at creatures from the sea and watch animals slip and slide in the iconic penguin pool.

Most of the key attractions are accessible to wheelchair users and wheelchairs are also available to hire. Most paths are tarmac and there is ramp access to  many of the buildings, but it's worth noting that the slopes leading to two tunnels in the zoo are quite steep. Guide dogs are not allowed on site, but the zoo can help with other arrangements to ensure you have a safe and fun visit. 

Discover more about accessibility at ZSL London Zoo.

7. South Bank

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Spend a day exploring London's scenic South Bank. Enjoy spectacular views from the Coca-Cola London Eye, take a boat trip along the water and pop into one of the many of the accessible London attractions, including the Tate Modern and SEA LIFE London aquarium. 

It's a good area to explore for those with limited mobility and wheelchair users, as it benefits from smooth walkways, ramps and plenty of benches to stop for a rest. 

Discover more about an accessible day out on London's South Bank

8. WWT London Wetland Centre

Experience the joy of nature with vast open spaces, lakes and wildflower meadows at WWT London Wetland Centre. This urban oasis is teeming with wildlife to spot, from chicks and ducks, to otters and lizards.

Disabled visitors can use reserved parking bays and free wheelchairs. You can also book electric scooters in advance. Most trails are tarmac and flat, aiding wheelchair users. Assistance dogs are welcome at the nature centre and large-font guide books can be requested in advance. 

Discover more about accessibility at WWT Wetland Centre

9. Shakespeare’s Globe

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Experience a Shakespeare play as Londoner's did back when the famous playwright was alive - in the outdoors. Shakespeare's Globe features an open-air centre with room for standing and 1 wheelchair. There's covered seating around the sides, with back rows offering back support and a box with additional seating for wheelchair users with lift access.

There are several BSL-interpreted and captioned performances throughout the year. You'll also find audio-described performances, preceded with tactile introductions to set, costumes, props and even some of the actors! Alternatively, enjoy a relaxed performance, which has a more casual approach with visitors able to move about and make noises during the show.

Assistance dogs are welcome and can be looked after by box office staff  for the duration the play, as dogs are not allowed to enter the theatre during the show.

Discover more about accessibility at Shakespeare's Globe

10. Battersea Park Children's Zoo

Take the kids for a day out at Battersea Park Children's Zoo. Designed with the little explorer in mind, the zoo is home to lots of animals including wallabies and exotic birds. 

The zoo is fully wheelchair accessible and registered assistance dogs are welcome to join the family fun.

Discover more about accessibility at Battersea Park Children's Zoo

11. Lee Valley Riding Centre

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Head to Lee Valley Riding Centre and learn to trot, canter and gallop on a friendly horse. The centre offers riding sessions for disabled visitors, where specially trained members of staff can help you master the art of riding in 30-minute sessions, with up to 5 people.

The centre benefits from onsite parking and most of the cafes are accessible with moderate ramps. Contact the centre ahead of booking to ensure the class suits your needs.

Discover more about accessibility at Lee Valley Riding Centre

12. Hampstead Heath

Feel at one with nature as you explore ancient woodlands, vast grasslands and open fields at Hampstead Heath. The Parliament Hill Fields area offers paved and flat areas for those with access needs, in addition to boasting some the best views across London.

Disabled parking bays are available in its 4 car parks, with 1 car park for disabled parking only.  Visitors with limited mobility can book free electric buggies in advance. There are also accessible toilets throughout Hampstead Heath. 

Discover more about accessibility at Hampstead Heath

13. Chiswick House and Gardens

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Delight in the splendour of the Grade I-listed gardens surrounding Chiswick House, a stunning neoclassical villa. Alongside Italian gardens, a lake and statues, the gardens feature a conservatory that is home to a world-renowned camellia show in early spring.

There is a long gravel path to access Chiswick House, but disabled parking nearer the venue can be arranged. Most paths have a smooth gravel surface and the conservatory is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

Discover more about accessibility at Chiswick House

14. London Stadium tour

Follow in the footsteps of star athletes and musicians on a tour of the London Stadium. The former Olympic Stadium is now a multi-use venue that hosts world-famous sporting events and concerts.  Highlights from the tour include a trip down the players’ tunnel, access to the changing room and exclusive video content.

The tour is fully accessible to wheelchair users and audio information is available.

Read more about accessibility at the London Stadium

15. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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Relive the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with a trip to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Home to iconic sporting stadiums, the park itself is now a beautiful place to explore with green expanses and pretty waterways.

Designed to be accessible as possible, the park’s surfaces are hard and smooth with wheelchair-friendly slopes. There are also plenty of benches for taking a rest. The Park Mobility Centre offers wheelchairs, mobility scooters and sighted guides to hire, in addition to a free park buggy service.

Discover more about accessibility at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

16. Morden Hall Park

Explore meadows and wetlands filled with the sights and sounds of wildlife at Morden Hall Park. Stop and smell the roses in the fully accessible rose garden, or take the flat-pathed Wandle Trail to explore more of the park.

Wheelchairs can be borrowed from the cafe and a braille park guide is available in the shop.

Discover more about accessibility at Morden Hall Park.

17. Spitalfields City Farm

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Make friends with the animals at Spitalfields City Farm, including cats, pigs, goats and ferrets. In addition to being home to several rare breeds, the farm encourages wildlife and insects to flourish in the gardens.

Mobility scooters can be used in public areas and there is ramp access to some parts of the farm for wheelchair users. Assistance dogs are also welcome.

Discover more about accessibility at Spitalfields City Farm.

18. Eltham Palace and Gardens

Delve into history of Eltham Palace and Gardens. Once the site of a medieval palace, the wealthy Courtauld family saved it from decline and transformed the site into a lavish Art Deco home. The gardens feature a stunning herbaceous border, a moat with London’s oldest working bridge and sensory experiences for visually impaired visitors. 

Wheelchairs are available to loan and assistance dogs are welcome. Inside Eltham Palace, you can find interactive displays with tactile objects to handle and audio tours. 

Discover more about accessibility at Eltham Palace and Gardens.

19. Horniman Museum and Gardens

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Engage with urban wildlife in the gardens of the Horniman Museum. Admire rare plants from North America and South Africa in the Grasslands Garden, say hello to furry friends on the Animal Walk and spot minibeasts on the Nature Trail. 

The Butterfly House is fully wheelchair accessible and there are concrete paths throughout the garden, though some of these are steep and may be unsuitable for wheelchair users on wet and frosty days. Blue Badge parking is available.

Discover more about accessibility at the Horniman Museum and Gardens

20. Rooftop bars in London

Enjoy a cocktail perched on one of London's accessible rooftop bars. Settle in with a drink among the wildflowers at the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden at Southbank Centre. The roof garden has lift access and staff are trained in assisting blind and visually impaired visitors. Assistance dogs are also welcome.

Alternatively, take in views of St Paul's Cathedral at the Roof Terrace on top of  the One New Change shopping centre. On the roof, you'll find Madison bar, where you can order a glass of bubbly to enjoy with tapas. The Roof Terrace is accessible by lift and has ramp access for wheelchair users, as well as welcoming assistance dogs. 

Find out more about accessibility at Southbank Centre and accessibility at One New Change

Accessible outdoor events in London

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Feel the beat of your favourite bands with Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park. This fun-filled summer event aims to be fully accessible for all festivalgoers. 

Facilities include a viewing platform for wheelchair users, BSL performance interpreters, hearing loops, a quiet space, dog spending areas, charging points for powerchairs, lowered counters and an access manager to help with any queries. Personal assistants are eligible for free tickets.

Discover more about accessibility at British Summer Time. Check out the British Summer Time line-up

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre season

Experience the magic of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre during its summer season. Nestled within the trees of the stunning Royal Park, the venue is fully accessible to people with reduced mobility and spaces can be booked for wheelchair users and their companions. Some performances are captioned, while others feature audio descriptions of key visual elements of the play. Assistance dogs are also welcome.

Discover more about accessibility at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Find out more about shows during Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's summer season

Buckingham Palace summer opening

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Admire the Queen's gardens with a trip to Buckingham Palace during the summer opening. After visiting the opulent State Rooms, take a turn around the garden that features a rose garden, a summer house and the tennis court that King George VI and Fred Perry played on in the 1930s.

The State Rooms and gardens are wheelchair accessible, with multilingual inductions loops and free BSL video guides. Large-print guides are available and assistance dogs are welcome. 

Discover more about accessibility at Buckingham Palace. Explore the Buckingham Palace summer opening highlights. 

BBC Proms

Enjoy Britain's largest open-air classical music event with BBC Proms in the Park in Hyde Park. Celebrating the end of the 2-month festival, this outdoor extravaganza features performances from top musicians and the renowned Last Night anthems. 

You’ll find hearing loops, accessible toilets and disabled parking available at the event. There is also a raised viewing platform which can be accessed by wheelchair users and personal assistants, who are also eligible for free tickets. 

Discover more about accessibility at the Proms in the Park. Find out more about the Proms in the Park line-up.

For more outdoor fun, plan an accessible day out in Greenwich, or explore the top accessible attractions in London