Accessibility

Accessible Cornwall

This page is an information guide on accessibile Cornwall. Whatever your age, background or abilities and being less able doesn't mean you'll enjoy a visit to Cornwall any less. Look out for the downloadable guides in PDF format at the foot of this page.

Using this website

When searching on this website there are several ways to find information on access.

  • Click on the Access icon in the Customise your trip tool (which opens in top right-hand of website) then the website will only show information on things to do and places to stay that have access information
  • In the left-hand menus of the website you can tick the Access boxes and the search results will only show those products with further access information
  • In all cases we advise you check with owners or managers that your particular requirements can be met before making a reservation. We are unable to inspect all aspects of accommodation establishments included on our listings. In many cases the information is self-assessed.

National Accessible Scheme (NAS) Grading 

The national tourist boards for England, Scotland and Wales operate this scheme to identify and acknowledge those places to stay that meet the needs of wheelchair users and those people with hearing and sight impairment. 

Places to visit

Cornwall has some of the most diverse and interesting places to visit, many with facilities for visitors with disabilities. Most attractions will provide access and facilities for our less mobile visitors, but it is best to check specific requirements with the attraction before your visit.

Easily accessible routes to scenic walks in Cornwall

There are many scenic routes in Cornwall suitable for disabled visitors where you can get out and enjoy the beautiful coast and countryside. You may also like to look at the accessible routes page of the South West Coast Path website.

The Walks with Wheelchairs site gives 20 routes in Cornwall that are accessible to those in wheelchairs or pushing buggies. There is also the downloadable document at the foot of this page detailing adapted cycles for hire on the Camel Trail.

Beaches with disabled access

Many of the major resort beaches in Cornwall have access and facilities for our less mobile or agile visitors. A number of Cornwall's beaches have sand chairs available for hire for visitors with disabilities. See the attachment at the foot of the page for details of accessible beach huts in Bude.

Advice for visitors with disability needs

Disability Cornwall is a user led, disabled peoples' organisation providing a range of services to empower, assist and facilitate independent living and when necessary, act as a representative voice for disabled people, their families and carers. A new online directory of fully accessible places, including public toilets, called My Place is also being developed by Disability Cornwall. Contact: Disability Cornwall, 1G & 1H Guildford Rd Industrial Estate, Guildford Rd, Hayle, TR27 4QZ.  Tel: 01736 756655.

Useful contacts - local

  • British Red Cross, Cornwall Branch, Red Cross House, Lighterage Hill, Newham, Truro, TR1 2XR. Tel: 01872 267950 or 0845 331 5000
  • The Scope Inclusion Team is a community based team of multi-disciplinary professionals and support workers. The team provides a range of tailor made outreach services to enable children and young people with specific, and often complex, special needs to access all areas of life - whether in their local community or on their holiday. For help and specifics of local services please contact Andrew Mullen, Head of Service, Scope Inclusion Team. Tel: (01752) 840059.
  • Accessible South West is an online directory designed to assist visitors with disabilities travelling to the South West of England find suitable places to stay and visit.

Useful Contacts - national

  • RADAR is a national organisation run by and working for disabled people which campaigns for disabled people's rights. It also monitors legislation and prepares guidance and briefings on it for disabled people, and also offers information and advice on all issues relating to disability. Anyone is welcome to contact RADAR with an enquiry, whether they are a member of the association or not.RADAR, 12 City Forum, 250 City Road, London EC1V 8AF Tel: 020 7250 3222 Email: radar@radar.org.uk 
  • Tourism for All UK (formerly Holiday Care) is a national charity that provides holiday and travel information to older and disabled people. Thousands of people seek their advice about accessible products and services every year. Tourism for All also provide advice and support to the tourism industry when they are trying to meet their obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act or when they wish to become more accessible to disabled visitors, by providing consultancy advice about information, training, inspections and assessments, and other options.Tourism for All UK, c/o Vitalise, Shap Road Industrial Estate, Shap Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 6NZ. Public enquiries and information: 0845 124 9971 (9-5, Mon-Fri)Hotel Booking Service: 0845 124 9973 Fax: 01539 735567. Tourism Industry and Admin Enquiries: 0845 124 9974 Email: info@tourismforall.org.uk 

Useful publications

  • The National Trust - Information for Visitors with Disabilities. This free annual booklet, giving information on the Trust's most accessible properties, should be read in conjunction with the yearly Handbook for Members and Visitors (free to Trust members or can be purchased from any National Trust properties or from the National Trust Membership Department), which gives details of opening times, etc. For further information visit the National Trust website which has a specific area with information for visitors with disabilities. Free admission is available at all National Trust properties to the necessary companion of a disabled visitor. National Trust Membership Department, Freepost MB1438, Bromley, Kent BR1 3BR Tel: 0870 458 4000The National Trust 'Access for All' Office, 36 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AS Tel: 020 7447 6742. Email: accessforall@ntrust.org.uk
  • English Heritage - Guide for Disabled Visitors. An annual booklet giving information on accessibility and facilities for disabled people at about one hundred historic buildings and sites owned by English Heritage. Braille, tape and large print versions are also available. Visit the English Heritage website which has a specific area with information for visitors with disabilities.The free booklet can be obtained at many English Heritage sites or by contacting: Tel: 0870 3331181 Fax: 01793 414926 Minicom: 01793 414878
    Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk