Thanks to friend of BBS, Nonna, for this helpful review of RHS Garden Wisley in Woking, Surrey – the second most popular gardens in the UK:
“I had a great day out at the RHS gardens at Wisley last week and had the opportunity to check out the facilities for wheelchair users.
The paths around the gardens are very suitable and the access to any of the inside facilities such as the shop, coffee shop and restaurant is very easy as the ramps are blended in with the outside paths and the doors are very wide.
“I enjoyed a delicious lunch in the restaurant and noticed that there were several wheelchair users doing the same. I was able to ‘check out’ the toilet facilities and felt most impressed. There were different disabled lavatories for men and women, I assume they were both equally as suitable. The doors opened automatically, the cubicle was very large with plenty of space for a wheelchair to be manoevered and there were both vertical and hoirizontal fitted grab rails in appropriate places. The members of staff were also very pleasant and helpful so the whole experience would be a very enjoyable and easy one for anyone in a wheelchair.”
It sounds like a top day out for anyone, regardless of physical ability. We had an extra little check and found more facilities are available on site for those who need them, including a hearing loop, guided tours for visually impaired visitors, three mobility scooters and twenty six manual wheelchairs.
The gardens at Wisley are absolutely stunning – especially at this time of year, so it’s worth checking out. We give them 2.5 BBS Ticks.