West Wales has some truly wonderful beaches, nature reserves and heritage sites. Disabled visitors can enjoy them to the full by checking into one of the region’s many accessible places to stay.
Places to visit and things to do
Celtic Quest Coasteering, Pembrokeshire
Coasteering specialists Celtic Quest Coasteering can tailor their daredevil activities to suit just about anyone, including deaf, blind, hearing-impaired and sight-impaired children and adults, as well as those with learning difficulties and limited mobility. Their coasteering kit makes you so buoyant, you don’t even need to be a strong swimmer.
Want to meet friendly farm animals, feed penguins and soar through the air on a vintage fairground ride? Folly Farm celebrates Pembrokeshire’s agricultural heritage and offers loads of fun into the bargain. While some areas can get muddy, most of the park is fully wheelchair-accessible – even the Big Wheel.
National Wetlands Centre Wales in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
The National Wetland Centre Wales is a haven for water-loving birds and insects. The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust staff have a good understanding of the needs of people with disabilities and are happy to help with anything from carrying a tray to advising on the most level route along the paths. There’s step-free entry to the hides.
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The charismatic Tufted Duck is so striking! We've got plenty (male and female) showing on site at the moment so do try and spot one amongst the other ducks and waders currently enjoying the water at WWT Llanelli. #ducksofinsta #birdsofinsta #birdsofinstagram #duck #ducksofinstagram #eyeshaveit #gold #eye #UK #wildlife #nature #birding #Wales #handsome #feathers #tuft #water #black #reflection #maybehesbornwithit Photo Credit: Richard Allen
National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire
With fabulous horticultural displays and Norman Foster’s magnificent Great Glasshouse to admire, the Botanic Garden is a feast for the senses. All the main areas of planting, including the sensory garden, are wheelchair-friendly. There are several wheelchairs available and volunteers run a shuttle service to the Glasshouse and restaurant by electric buggy.
Oriel y Parc Visitor Centre, St Davids
This Pembrokeshire National Park information centre and contemporary art gallery is an architectural work of art, with an arc of walls and windows designed to catch the best of the sun’s warmth and light. With helpful staff and a very pleasant café, Oriel y Parc is fully accessible. There’s an audio guide to the gallery.
St Davids Cathedral, St Davids
Pembrokeshire’s St Davids Cathedral is surprisingly easy for those with limited mobility to explore. For centuries, pilgrims have walked down to the entrance from The Pebbles via the long flight of stone steps known as the Thirty-Nine Articles, but if you want to wheel straight in, you can, by approaching from the southwest.
Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran
Light, airy and equipped with lifts to make it fully wheelchair-accessible, the Welsh Wildlife Centre's award-winning timber and glass building offers panoramic views of the Teifi Marshes, where wildfowl often congregate, especially in winter. From here, you can explore a wheelchair-friendly section of the Otter Trail, following a hard-surfaced path to an accessible hide.
Places to stay
The Barn, Ty’n Cellar Farm, near Margam, Neath Port Talbot
Carefully restored and converted using reclaimed or heritage materials, the Grade II-listed barn at Ty’n Cellar is an award-winning B&B. There’s a downstairs bedroom with an adapted wet room, suitable for the elderly, wheelchair users and others with limited mobility. The patio and parking area are also wheelchair-accessible.
Ash Tree Lodge and Stangwrach Cottage, Llanfynydd, Carmarthenshire
Designed with the needs of all abilities in mind, this pair of self-catering cottages will accommodate a large family or group if booked together – Ash Tree Lodge has four bedrooms and Stangwrach Cottage has three. Both of them have spacious, wheelchair-friendly ground floor wet rooms and access to attractive gardens.
Kiln Park, Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Located within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Kiln Park holiday park is mostly flat and has direct access to Tenby’s beautiful, sandy Blue Flag South Beach. Adapted static caravans are available, with ramps, sliding doors and accessible shower rooms. Haven’s trained special needs advisors can talk you through the options.
Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
This substantial hotel – part Edwardian and part modern – is a Llanelli landmark. On the ground floor, the Stradey Park offers three bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms, suitable for those with limited mobility, and two interconnecting wheelchair-accessible bedrooms (one double, one twin) with an adapted wet room. There’s free WiFi throughout the hotel.
Canastan Oaks, near Narberth, Pembrokeshire
The owners of Canaston Oaks gave a collection of traditional farm buildings the boutique treatment to create this chic country B&B, set in beautifully landscaped courtyard gardens. All seven en-suite bedrooms are on the ground floor and have widened doors. Two rooms have luxurious, wheelchair-friendly wet rooms.
The Plough Rhosmaen, Carmarthenshire
A charming four star boutique hotel and AA rosette award winning restaurant set in the beautiful Towy Valley. Luxury is at the heart of the Plough, with our two beautifully appointed disabled friendly bedrooms offering queen sized beds, contemporary styled wetrooms and comfortable seating areas. In addition, one room boasts a balcony with wheelchair access, affording glorious views of the garden and surrounding countryside. The hotel lounge, bar and public areas are fully accessible on our ground floor.
Open Britain: The UK's biggest directory of accessible accommodation and travel
Accessible Countryside For Everyone: A brilliant resource for finding out more information on accessible places in the UK
Information Now: An article with links to find the nearest public toilets, including disabled toilets and those that are part of the RADAR/National Key Scheme
Tourism For All: Information for disabled rail passengers travelling to Wales
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Access for All: Information on accessible walks, viewpoints, beaches and where to hire beach wheelchairs.
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