Historic and Architectural Properties and Gardens
Along with the attractions listed on this page you may also find places of interest on the 'Attractions' and 'Nature and Wildlife' pages.
We support ‘Accessible Countryside for Everyone’ in providing a brief guide as to the access / facilities for the sites listed, where we have them.
Shaw House - Newbury - "Shaw House and grounds are open to the public until Sunday 25 September. Opening hours: Weekends 11am - 4pm, school holidays 10am - 4pm. - exhibitions including period dress and armour - Most areas of Shaw house are accessible to those with limited mobility. We also have dedicated parking and toilet facilities for people with disabilities. Visitors are asked to please leave push chairs on the ground floor. A hearing loop is available at reception - www.westberkshireheritage.org
The Savill Garden - "The Savill Garden is a tranquil place to discover rare plants from around the world, arranged in stunning seasonal displays. The 35 acres of interconnected gardens include the Hidden Gardens, Spring Wood, the Summer Gardens, the New Zealand Garden, Summer Wood, The Glades, Autumn Wood and the Winter Beds." - "The Savill Garden is easily accessible, with a fairly even terrain that is suitable for both wheelchairs and buggies. For adult visitors with disabilities, we also allow an accompanying able-bodied companion to visit The Savill Garden free of charge, if you require. Disabled facilities, including toilets (accessible with a radar key) are clearly sign-posted in The Savill Building." - www.windsorgreatpark.co.uk
Waltham Place Gardens - "At Waltham Place we find a series of walled gardens, the oldest dating from the 17th century, an English landscape garden with splendid specimen trees planted in the early 19th century, and a huge double border enclosed by yew hedges. Within this framework many intimate areas invite the visitor to pause and contemplate. Larger trees and shrubs, some of great age, coexist with a natural planting system implemented in 2000 when the gardens were redesigned by the Dutch garden designer Henk Gerritsen." - "Waltham Place has disabled toilet facilities. There are wheelchair ramps in the ornamental gardens and to give access to the tearoom and shop. The old stone paths have great character with some uneven surfaces. The woodlands have natural paths with uneven ground so are not suitable for wheelchairs and those with mobility issues in many areas." - www.walthamplace.com
Windsor Castle - "Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. It is open to visitors throughout the year. Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it has since been the home of 39 monarchs. Today The Queen spends most of her private weekends at the Castle. There's a lot to see and do at Windsor Castle, so please allow enough time to make the most of your visit. We suggest between 1½ and 2 hours. The Castle is at the top of a steep hill, and the visitor route covers long distances. We recommend you wear comfortable shoes." "Windsor Castle is fully accessible. It is situated at the top of a steep hill, and long distances have to be covered on site. . .Changing Places facility is available on Engine Court" - www.rct.uk