Wheelchair-friendly days out in West Wales

West Wales is home to a huge range of accessible attractions and disabled-friendly activities. Visitors with every type of impairment will find a wealth of things to experience, including spectacular cathedrals and castles, glorious gardens, accessible watersports and beautiful beaches that everyone can enjoy. Read on to find out more and see the links below for information on accessible things to do in other parts of Wales.

Accessible North Wales attractions

Accessible Mid Wales attractions

Accessible South Wales attractions

 

Accessible museums and galleries

Oriel y Parc Visitor Centre

High Street, St Davids, Pembrokeshire SA62 6NW

  • Accessible to wheelchair user and those with limited mobility
  • Wheelchair and mobility scooter available on request
  • Audio loop for the hearing impaired at reception desk

With an arc of walls and windows designed to catch the best of the sun’s warmth and light, the Pembrokeshire National Park information centre Oriel y Parc is both contemporary art gallery and an architectural work of art in its own right. For detailed accessibility information, visit the Oriel y Parc website.

People sitting outside Oriel y Parc Gallery, St Davids.
A lady in a wheelchair and a man standing up looking at a painting of flowers.
Two mobility scooters side by side.

Oriel y Parc Visitor Centre, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Picton Castle

Rhos, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 4AS

  • Castle, gift shop, restaurant, galleries and 70 per cent of grounds accessible to wheelchair users
  • Wheelchairs available on request
  • Accessible toilets and parking

Pretty Picton Castle was originally built in the medieval period, but later modernisations have given it a glorious Georgian interior. It's surrounded by 40 acres of beautiful gardens packed with rare plants, most which are accessible to wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. For full details visit the Picton Castle website.

A lady in a motorised buggy on a path in front of a castle.
A woman in a motorised scooter and a man walking in an ornamental garden.
A lady inside a castle room looking at artwork.

Picton Castle, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Wheelchair friendly nature in West Wales

National Wetlands Centre Wales

Penclacwydd, Llwynhendy, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA14 9SH

  • Accessible parking and toilets
  • Step free entry to hides
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Mobility scooter available for hire

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. For detailed accessibility information, head to the National Wetland Centre Wales website.

National Botanic Garden of Wales

Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire SA32 8HN

  • All parts of the formal gardens are wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchairs available for use
  • Buggy shuttle service available for those with limited mobility
  • Assistance dogs welcome

With fabulous horticultural displays and Norman Foster’s magnificent Great Glasshouse to admire, the National 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. To find out more, go to the National Botanic Garden website.

November at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, West Wales

Welsh Wildlife Centre

Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire SA43 2TB

  • Visitor centre and cafe accessible to wheelchair users and those with limited mobility
  • Wheelchair accessible trails and accessible wildlife hide

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. To find out more, go to the Welsh Wildlife Centre website.

A lady using a wheelchair on a broadwalk through a nature reserve.
A woman with a baby and a woman with a walking frame in front of a willow animal.

Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Pembrey Country Park

Pembrey, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA16 0EJ

  • Park is wheelchair-accessible throughout
  • Range of accessible activities include sit-down skiing and adaptive cycling
  • Access to beach on adapted beach wheelchairs
  • Selection of facilities for visually and hearing-impaired visitors
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Changing Places toilet

Pembrey Country Park is 500 acres of glorious parkland, hosting a range of activities. The park’s Accessibility Statement on its website identifies the physical adaptations and management measures provided through all areas of the park to facilitate access to all. For example, all staff have had disability awareness training, and there is guidance on access to the park’s numerous amenities and facilities.

A still lake in woodlands.
A child in an adapted sled / ski-pram being pushed by a man on a dry ski-slope.
Several people skiing down a dry ski slope.

Pembrey Country Park, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Accessible things to do in West Wales

Celtic Quest Coasteering

Abereiddy Beach, Berea, St Davids, Pembrokeshire SA62 6DT

  • Activities suitable for visitors with a range of physical and mental impairments

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. Head to the Celtic Quest Coasteering website for full details.

Folly Farm

Begelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire SA68 0XA

  • Large range of accessible rides and attractions
  • Free entry for personal assistants
  • Wheelchair and mobility scooter hire available
  • Accessible parking and toilet facilities

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. Find out more at the Folly Farm website.

Aerial view over playground at Folly Farm.
Looking up at the big wheel at Folly Farm against clear blue sky.
Penguins in enclosure at Folly Farm.

Folly Farm, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Accessible beaches in West Wales

Poppit Sands

Cardigan, Pembrokeshire SA43 3LN

  • Beach wheelchair available for hire
  • Accessible via boardwalk from car park

Pretty Poppit Sands is a beautiful sheltered beach, accessible via a boardwalk from the car park. Beach wheelchairs can be booked online in advance of your visit.

A drone shot of a wide sandy beach with two people using beach wheelchairs.
Two ladies using beach wheelchairs eating ice creams outside a cafe.

Using beach wheelchairs to explore the shoreline followed by ice creams at Poppit Sands, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Whitesands Beach

St Davids, Pembrokeshire SA62 6PS

  • Beach is accessible via slipway
  • Beach wheelchairs available for hire

One of Pembrokeshire's most popular beaches, Whitesands Beach's sweeping sands provide beautiful sea views towards Ramsey Island and its smaller neighbours. Beach wheelchairs can be booked online for use on the sand.

A person holding a small paper bag of chips on a sandy beach.
A wide, sandy beach seen from above.

Whitesands Beach, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Tenby Castle Beach

Bridge Street, Tenby, Pembrokeshire

  • Accessible toilets
  • Beach wheelchair available on request

The picturesque, sandy Tenby Castle Beach sits below the ancient ruins of Tenby Castle. Accessible toilets are available and wheelchairs may be hired online. Visit the Tenby Castle Beach website for more information.

Aerial view of Tenby showing beaches, town and island.

Castle Beach, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Tenby North Beach

Tenby, Pembrokeshire SA70 7LT

  • Beach wheelchair available for hire

Tenby North Beach is a long sandy beach set against a backdrop of cliffs on one side and Tenby town and the picturesque harbour on the other. There is a concrete ramp to beach which is 1:7 to 1:6 for 25 metres. Find out more at the Tenby North beach website.

Aerial view of beach and town.

North Beach, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

Langland Bay

Swansea SA3 4QP

  • Wheelchair accessible promenade with ramped access to the beach

Langland Bay is an attractive, safe and sandy beach fringed by attractive beach huts. Visit the Langland Bay website for more information.

View from sea towards sandy beach with green beach huts.

Langland Bay, Gower, West Wales

Helpful links

Tourism For All: 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

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Access for All: Information on accessible walks, viewpoints, beaches and where to hire beach wheelchairs.

Visit Swansea Bay: Information about the area, accessible accommodation, toilets (including a list of Changing Places toilets) and mobility equipment hire.

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