Leicestershire and Rutland Visitor Attractions

Leicestershire and Rutland Tourist and Visitor Information with links to heritage, nature and tourist attractions, many with brief details of disabled access. Along with the attractions listed on this page you may also find places of interest on the Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage and Nature pages. We suggest that you also visit the pages for the neighbouring counties to see what else there is in the area.

We support 'Accessible Countryside for Everyone' in providing a brief guide as to the access / facilities for the sites listed, where we have them.


1620s House and Garden (formerly Donington le Heath Manor House) - Coalville - has undergone refurbishment in order to tell the story of its former owners and residents, restored period rooms, gardens laid out in early 17th century style, tea room, events, activities - Assisted wheelchair users are welcome, however there is restricted access to the upper floors of the House, accessible toilets, baby changing, hearing loop


45 Gin School - Nanpantan, Loughborough - Take a tour of our working craft distillery, discovering the history of gin and the fine art of distilling www.45ginschool.com


Abbey Pumping Station - Leicester's Museum of Science and Technology, opened in 1891, grand Victorian building and four beautifully decorated beam engines, steam days, events - "There is access to most areas of the museum with a lift providing access into the beam house and electric switch room. An accessible toilet is also available"


Ashby de la Zouch Castle (EH) - (ruin)- began as a manor house in the 12th century and reached castle status in the 15th century, audio tour, climb the tower, walk the underground passage between the tower and the kitchen, picnic area, shop - Accessible Toilets, Wheelchair access is limited to the grounds only, Induction loops are installed around the shop counter area


Barneys Playbarn - Coalville - catering for tots to teens, dual level 2000sq ft play equipment, with a range of slides and climbs, a sports area and a separate toddler area, coffee shop - Unfortunately we have no accessibility info for this site


The Battlefield Line (Shackerstone Railway Society) - "runs from Shackerstone via Market Bosworth to Shenton...Shackerstone Station is at the northern end of the line, and is the headquarters of the railway with museum, Victorian tea room souvenir shop, loco shed and main rolling stock located here", steam, diesel and railcar train services - "We have disabled access at all three of our stations with toilets at Shackerstone and Shenton. Due to the heritage nature of our trains, it is not possible to get wheelchairs through the doors or along the corridors. It is possible to get the chairs into the brake van area with the use of a ramp. If you have any questions about access please contact our office"


The Boiler House at Foxton Locks (Foxton Canal Museum ) - discover Foxton’s past, play boat where children can explore life on the canal, collection of waterway artefacts, events - "The BoilerHouse is fully Accessible, however parts of the site are steep and assistance may be required"


Bosworth Water Park - Market Bosworth - 50 acre site, camping, walks, water sports & sailing, fishing, adventure play area - Unfortunately we have no accessibility info for this site


Guildhall - Leicester - one of the finest medieval timber framed halls in England, dating back 600 years, visit the Medieval Leicester galleries and the old cells - Limited wheelchair access, accessible toilet, induction loop


Great Central Railway - Loughborough - Britain's only double track main line steam railway, 8 miles, four stations - "All stations and trains carry portable ramps for safe access by wheelchair...Some trains have specific less-able accommodation, but not all" accessible toilets at all stations and cafes, also at Greenacres and at Lovatt House


King Richard III Visitor Centre - Leicester - Discover the incredible story of King Richard III, his life, death and discovery in a Leicester car park in 2012 - exhibition and facilities are designed to be fully accessible, accessible toilets, A large print version of our guide book is also available, a hearing loop at reception, some of the exhibits include audio content, and most of these are accompanied by subtitles on screen


Lutterworth Museum - an independent museum, staffed & run entirely by volunteers, Lutterworth clockmakers, military memorabilia, vintage food and drink boxes, tins and cartons, archive of memorabilia of Sir Frank Whittle - Unfortunately we have no accessibility info for this site


Manor Farm Park & Woodlands - family-friendly attraction with over 25 acres of undercover and outdoor play and adventure areas – Nature Trails; Pirates’ Galleon; Play Fort; Pond Dipping; Go-karts. Meet the donkeys; hold an owl; relax in the café or have a picnic - all birds are in aviaries and the area is accessible by wheelchair, accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, gravel paths outside, the nature trail may not be wheelchair accessible


Melton Carnegie Museum - Melton Mowbray - displays showing the arguments for and against hunting, as well as the history of hunting in the region. Stilton cheese and pork pies from Melton Mowbray Wheelchair users are welcome in the museum and the building is accessible. Low counters are available in the museum, customer lift to the first floor. The pay and display car park includes five disabled parking spaces.


National Space Centre - Leicester - the UK's largest attraction dedicated to space, six galleries, including the iconic Rocket Tower and the UK’s largest domed planetarium, crammed full of space suits, rockets, satellites and meteorites - The Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium has spaces for up to 6 wheelchairs and an induction loop, Large print information is available upon request. Touch tours are available with prior booking. Most audio exhibits are subtitled, accessible toilets, baby changing facilities


New Walk Museum - Leicester - New Walk Museum & Art Gallery is situated within the historic New Walk area of the city. In 1849 the Literary and Philosophical Society formally presented to the town its various collections, which have grown and developed over the last 160 years into one of the premier museums in the region - Wheelchair access, accessible toilet and parking, induction loop in downstairs art gallery, guide dogs welcome


Twinlakes Park - Melton Mowbray - Theme Park, family Rides, attractions, animals and even a Wwterpark, set in 70 acres, all weather action - we have no accessibility info for this site


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