Somerset, Bristol & Bath Visitor Attractions

Along with the attractions listed on this page you may also find places of interest on the Somerset, Bristol & Bath 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.


At-Bristol (Hands-on science and technology centre) - hundreds of hands-on exhibits to explore, live shows and a Planetarium - Bristol - fully accesible with lifts on all floors and drop-off points, pushchair and wheelchair friendly café, wheelchair spaces are available in the Planetarium. Hearing loop at the information and ticket desks, and in the Planetarium. Exhibits have been especially designed to cater for visually impaired visitors; this includes colour contrasts and font size on all the interactive exhibits, accessible toilets, baby changing facilities


Avon Valley Railway - more than just a train ride, offering a whole new experience for some or a nostalgic memory for others - Bristol - specially-modified guard’s brake-van carriage has been fitted out with a spacious area for wheelchairs, platforms have ramps, accessible toilets, baby changing facilities


Brean Leisure Park - Fun City has over 40 fantastic rides and attractions, Brean Splash Waterpark swimming pool complex - Brean, Nr Burnham On Sea - Disabled access, accessible toilets, baby changing facilities


Bristol Aquarium - "Come and admire our tropical sharks, the beautiful seahorses, and sit down and be amazed in our undersea tunnel" - Bristol - Access is available to the whole aquarium for service dogs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters, has ramps throughout and multi-level viewing, two wheelchairs available for visitors, hearing loop is in operation at the entrance of the Aquarium, as well as some parts of the displays area, accessible toilets (one req's a RADAR key), baby changing facilities


Bristol Zoo Gardens - 12 acres, with over 400 species and nine animals houses under cover - Clifton - most of the Zoo is accessible for wheelchair users and those with walking difficulties, most paths are tarmac and there is level or ramped access to most buildings, two manual wheelchairs and two mobility scooters available for hire, accessible toilets, baby changing facilities


Brunel's SS Great Britain - Stroll on the decks and take in the views and the sounds of animals and general bustle of the ship preparing to set sail - Bristol - "Due to the nature of the site some areas may be difficult to reach, or may involve cobblestones, so where possible alternative access points are provided...The Dry Dock, Dockyard Museum, Brunel Institute and the ship are fully accessible for wheel chair users" British Sign Language (BSL) hand-held interactive video tours have been developed for adults and for children (please pre-book), Viridor Theatre in the Brunel Institute is fitted with an audio loop, hand-held audio companion tour for visually impaired, accessible toilets


Cheddar Gorge & Caves - Britain's biggest gorge from the dramatic cliffs rising 450ft to the stunning stalactite caverns. This world-famous beauty spot is a National Nature Reserve, reveals many fascinating stories of our prehistoric ancestors, and is an international centre for caving and rock climbing - "Audio guides, audio loop systems and transcripts are available in many areas to assist those with impaired sight or hearing... much of Cheddar Gorge & Caves inaccessible including the caves, the Gorge Walk and the Lookout Tower"


East Somerset Railway Steam trains throughout the year, Mendip Belle dining train, Footplate Experience courses - Cranmore Railway Station Cranmore Shepton Mallet - Unfortunately we have no accessibility information for this site


Fleet Air Arm Museum - representing the Royal Navy In the Air. With four exhibition halls, over ninety aircraft and over 2 million records and 30 thousand artefacts the Museum is Europe's largest naval aviation Museum - Ilchester - level entrance, 95% of the Museum is fully accessible, has a number of wheelchairs available, lifts giving access to most first floor exhibits, "Hearing "induction loops" are installed at the Ticket Desk, Information Office and on audio information points in Halls One and Four", accessible toilets, baby changing facilities


Haynes International Motor Museum - The UK's largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world with over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50s and 60s glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars like the Jaguar XJ220 - Yeovil - Manual and electric wheelchairs are available to borrow (advanced booking is advised), first floor Motorcycle Mezzanine level has lift. "A portable induction loop is available from reception (advanced booking is advised)", accessible toilets, baby changing facilities


HorseWorld - Open Days throughout the year - "Meet some of our rescued horses, ponies & donkeys, and see some of our work in action. Explore over eight acres of adventure, with indoor and outdoor activities galore" - Bristol - Unfortunately we have no accessibility information for this site



Jane Austen Centre - houses a permanent exhibition which tells the story of Jane’s experience in the city between 1801 and 1806 and the effect that living here had on her and her writing, costumed ‘character’ guides, tea room, shop - Bath - "Due to the nature of the Georgian building that hosts our exhibit, the Jane Austen Centre has wheelchair access to the ground floor only", audio tour is available to anyone who is unable to access the first floor, "The entrance has 2 steps and we will come out and put out temporary ramps for wheelchair users.", no accessible toilets


Noah's Ark Zoo Farm - a unique hands-on zoo and working farm just outside Bristol set in over 100 acres of beautiful countryside - Wraxall, Bristol - majority of areas are wheelchair accessible, a limited number of wheelchairs are available. "The Ark Arena has a hearing Induction Loop installed", "There are access ramps to all facilities and services, including viewing areas for all animal enclosures", baby changing facilities, accessible toilets including a "Changing Places" facility changing-places-icon


Puxton Park Adventure Park - "have a large variety of animals, milking parlour with viewing gallery, meerkats, bird of prey centre with daily flying displays and many more, Indoor 3 storey play barn, outdoor play areas, bumper boats, rowing boats, water walkerz, pedal tractors, giant sandpit, crazy golf, go-cart track, ride-on electric tractors & pigs, giant bouncy pillow, gift shop , Meadows restaurant and café, butchery and farm shop" - "our grounds are completely suitable and accessible for wheelchair users", lift access to party rooms and conference facilities, 5 disabled toilet facilities, wheelchairs available


SeaQuarium - Weston-Super-Mare - over 30 exhibits including a Tropical Reef Zone with Puffer Fish, Rainforest River Zone with Piranha and Underwater Ocean Tunnel with sharks - "The site is accessible to prams, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. It is a mixture of surfaces including tarmac, wood and concrete", has accessible toilets, baby changing facilities


Somerset & Dorset Railway - run trains on a short, but expanding line, currently with diesel trains. There is a gift and bookshop, museum, buffet coach, wartime pillbox museum, signalbox and much more to see - Midsomer Norton - taken from their leaflet "We have improved access for our disabled visitors. Parking is provided in front of the station with easy access paths linking the principal exhibits and viewpoints and we have a disabled lavator y. Facilities for wheelchairs are available for train rides" - Unfortunately we have no other accessibility information for this site


Wells Cathedral - The present Cathedral was begun about 1175 on a new site to the north of an old minster church, it has been described as “the most poetic of the English Cathedrals” and has one of the largest collections of historic stained glass in the country, the famous Wells clock is considered to be the second oldest clock mechanism in Britain, daily tours, cafe, shop - Wells - The ground floor of the Cathedral is accessible, with ramped access, Chapter House is only via a steep set of 31 steps. "Guided tours are available for visually impaired visitors if booked in advance", "a hearing loop system that covers microphones within the Nave and Quire of the main Cathedral floor, which is used at all services for spoken word elements. A portable hearing loop system is also provided for spoken word services within the Lady Chapel", there are accessible toilets


West Somerset Railway - branch line of the old Great Western Railway, steam locomotives, coaches and wagons, and the buildings of our ten unique stations linked by a twenty mile scenic journey - Just 1 station of the 10 (Doniford Halt) is without easy access Doniford Halt, "Most of our trains are accessible for individual with a disability...There is no need to pre-book, however if you have more than 3 wheelchairs, please let us know the date, and trains you intend to travel on as this will give us an idea of how many wheelchairs will be on your train and if we need to add our Lorna Doone Coach or new wheelchair accessible coach to provide extra capacity", click here to see their access page


Wookey Hole - spectacular caves and legendary home of the infamous Witch of Wookey - Wells - Disabled parking and accessible toilets but caves are not accessible. Unfortunately we have no other accessibility information for this site


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