Information for people with physical disabilities
Most of the paths in the garden are accessible to people with physical disabilities, but they are constructed of small gravel or grass. Please ask for a Physical Disability Map.
Regular visitors who use a wheelchair tell us that most paths are suitable for them, but please be aware of the camber on those marked in orange and, because of the gradient, avoid those marked in red. Those marked in pink are alternative paths for wheelchairs or people with physical disabilities.
Carers who are assisting disabled visitors gain free access to the Gardens and Arboretum.
Power Assisted Wheelchair Loan – One power assisted (Power Stroller) wheelchair and one standard push wheelchair are available on request at the Admissions Kiosk. The power assisted wheelchair is recommended for the terrain in the garden and has an optional small motor power attachment which can be operated by the person pushing the wheelchair. To ensure availability, please telephone to book on 01665 577 191 between 10.30am and 5pm.
Toilets – Suitable for disabled visitors.
Tearoom – Accessible via flat surface (no steps) and wide door.
Parking – A limited number of car parking spaces for disabled people are available within the garden, please make further enquiries with the Admissions Clerk. Drivers may also drop off disabled visitors at the tea room entrance and return the car back to the main car park.
The Gardens – Garden seats are placed around the garden to help those who cannot walk long distances and are marked on the map with a blue cross.
Please note – Elderly and vulnerable people and also people with mobility problems should be aware of the walking distance to the front garden (about 1/4 mile) to ensure they can return safely. It should also be noted that the admission kiosk closes at 5pm (4pm in late season). However, although the mobile phone signal strength is poor at Howick, for calls to 999 and 112 the signal is boosted and emergency services can be accessed directly.
If you notice any hazard during your visit, or if there is an accident, please inform someone at the kiosk in the car park.
We hope you enjoy your visit to Howick Hall Gardens & Arboretum.