Derbyshire boasts many attractions and historic sites to visit, however sometimes these sites are difficult to access for those with disabilities. Here is a guide to our favourite, accessible, things to do in Derbyshire.
Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derby DE73 7LE
A day at Calke Abbey can be a great day out, the country house and stables are somewhat restored however the estate vividly portrays the 20th Century.
There’s designated mobility parking at the Abbey and a vehicle service that operates between the car park and the house and garden. The building is accessible by wheelchair and there are also wheelchairs available too borrow, however these may need to be booked in advance. There is also an accessible toilet available by the reception.
Denby Road, Denby, Derbyshire DE5 8NX – 01773 740700
There’s plenty to do at Denby pottery village with craft room and craftsman’s workshop tours, as well as free cookery demonstrations. You can also grab yourself a bargain in their factory shop which has savings of up to 60% rrp. After you’ve experienced all the village has to offer you can enjoy refreshments in Bourne’s Restaurant.
Whilst wheelchairs are not permitted for the full factory tour, the visitor’s centre, Craftroom and Craftman’s Workshop, shop and restaurant are accessible to all. There is a wheelchair available to lend however this may need to be booked in advance. There are accessible toilets and parking, as well as a hearing helper available for tours.
Water Street, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6XN – 01773 740700
Buxton Opera House is a beautiful Edwardian theatre which presents around 450 performances every year including comedy, musical concerts, pantomime and opera.
The Opera House has three wheelchair spaces in the stalls and a specially adapted toilet. Unfortunately the stalls bar is not accessible by wheelchair however staff are able to bring drinks to your seat. Unfortunately the Opera House is not accessible by mobility scooter.
Bakewell DE45 1PP – 01246 565 430
A popular attraction in a picturesque area in Derbyshire, Chatsworth House has plenty to do and see. People flock from across the UK and the world to view the house where Pride and Prejudice was filmed and which has been named the UK’s favourite country house several times.
A wheelchair map of the gardens in available for ease of access and the house has lifts to all public areas. Carers are allowed entry for free and there are plenty of disabled parking spaces.
Hassop, Bakewell, Derbysire DE45 1NW – 01629 815668
Near Bakewell and Chatsworth sits Hassop Station, a former railway station within a beautiful countryside setting. If you’re interested in the history of the British railways this is a wonderful setting to find out more. The station infludes a popular cafe and a book and gift shop.
The station sits on level ground making it wheelchair accessible, there are disabled toilets and dogs are permitted.