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GLOUCESTER – beautiful, wheelchair friendly city by the cotswolds

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With dropped kerbs, 3 hour free disabled car park with disabled toilets in the city centre, Gloucester is a wheelchair friendly city. There is a variety of things to do. Here are some of the accessibility features:

➡️ railway station in the city centre, accessible buses and taxis avaible

➡️ quite a few disabled parking places available, usually free of charge up to 3 hours (we would recommend Gloucester Quays car park, plenty of spaces, disabled toilet on site)

➡️ wheelchair accessible ice rink in Gloucester Quays (you need someone to go with you as a carer, with no skates on), usually open from end of November until the beginning of January

➡️ a lot of events like food markets, car shows, Tall Ships Festival, Christmas markets – check what is happening soon here What’s On – Visit Gloucester

➡️ Cineworld cinema in Gloucester Quays has access boxes, where you can comfortably watch a movie from your wheelchair. Accessible seating can be booked online

➡️ beautiful, accessible cathedral

➡️ variety of shops and restaurants in High Street and Gloucester Quays

There are Premier Inns and Travelodges that offer adapted rooms close to the city centre.

Gloucester Cathedral

One of the most interesting places to visit is Gloucester Cathedral (Gloucester Cathedral) – very wheelchair friendly, has lifts that enable access to different levels. Well worth a visit. The Cathedral is open daily, entry is by donation and everyone is welcome. Gloucester Cathedral is also very popular among Harry Potter fans, as some of the scenes were filmed there.

Inside Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral
At Gloucester Cathedral, during one of the exhibitions
Gloucester Cathedral
The Knife Angel by Gloucester Cathedral in February 2023
Lift for wheelchair users in Gloucester Cathedral


The paths around the quays are wide and even, the car park with disabled toilets is right next to it. There is a variety of wheelchair accessible shops, restaurants and cafes, many of which also offer seating outside, with lovely canal views. A great place for a day out – shopping, eating, watching a movie in the cinema (Cineworld with access boxes located a few minutes walk from the car park)

Narrow boats in Gloucester Quays
Gloucester Quays during Tall Ships Festival
Disabled toilet at the car park in Gloucester Quays
Car park at Gloucester Quays
Wheelchair accessible ice skating rink, Gloucester Quays
Wheelchair access to the ice skating rink in Gloucester Quays
Gloucester Quays in winter
Access Box at Cineworld, Gloucester Quays
Gloucester Quays

If you would like a bit different kind of entertainment, there is a wheelchair friendly Bingo Hall within walking distance from the Quays called Buzz Bingo, offering afternoon and evening bingo sessions, food hall and slots machine. There is a free car park with disabled spaces available close to the entrance (you need to put your registration at the screen inside) and a disabled toilet inside the bingo hall. Touch pads are very easy to use, even if you have limited hand functions. A few tables are adapted for wheelchair users (have no seat on one side).

At the car park by Buzz Bingo, Gloucester
Buzz Bingo, Gloucester
Buzz Bingo, Gloucester


Nearby the Quays, you can also find a lot of different shops and restaurants at Eastgate and Southgate Streets, with disabled toilets available in the shopping centres.

Eastgate Street at Christmas time
Eastgate shopping centre, Gloucester

4. CATCH A SMILE. Elmore Lane West, Stonebench, Gloucester GL2 3NW – Catch a smile – For families and people with disabilities & special needs enjoy fishing.

Great place to visit on the outskirts of Gloucester, especially for children (but not only). You can try fishing, see farm animals and dinosaurs 🙂

Catch a Smile
Catch a Smile, Gloucester
Catch a Smile, Gloucester
Catch a Smile, Gloucester
A cafe at Catch a Smile, Gloucester
Disabled toilets and spacious car park with no height restriction available at Catch a Smile, Gloucester
Catch a Smile, Gloucester
Catch a Smile, Gloucester
Catch a Smile, Gloucester
Even paths, you can get close to the animals at Catch a Smile, Gloucester
Catch a Smile, Gloucester

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