Beautiful Garden with mostly easy access
This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Walking Aid, Mobility Scooter
We visited with a small mobility scooter. It is a really beautiful and peaceful garden which we thoroughly recommend. The pathways in the garden were easy to navigate in the scooter. The Glasshouses were beautiful and the scooter got round them without too much difficulty, larger scooters would not manage. The conservatory had a smallish step to it. The Taxonomic beds have a grass verge around them. There is a river running past the garden which is lovely to look at, and there is also a water lily pond in the garden. The website gives good information about access and I would recommend reading this fully before going.
Transport & Parking
There is parking for wheelchair users in Maudlin College car park which is very close to the garden, this can be accessed by buzzing the intercom at the gate at Rose Lane. The website shows the entrance gate very clearly on the access section.
The paths around the garden are excellent and you have a good view of all the plants. The glass houses were easy to navigate in the small scooter but I agree with the website that larger scooters/wheelchairs would have difficulty as the pathways are quite narrow. Just the Conservatory wasn't easy to access due to a smallish step but I think there is a ramp that we could have asked to use. The Taxonomic beds have a grass verge around them which scooters/wheelchairs would be able to mount in order to view the plants more closely, we just didn't do this on this visit.
There is an accessbible toilet - we didn't use this so can't comment on what it is like but I have given 5 stars because there is one.
We were given conflicting information about where to park. We called before making the journey and were told we could park in Rose Lane. Having parked in Rose Lane we were told at the welcome desk that we could have parked in Maudlin College. Rose Lane is definitely very narrow but we did park in it and put the blue badge in the window - we made sure we parked in a spot where other cars could drive around. We would recommend parking in Maudlin College.
Anything else you wish to tell us?
Entrance for both scooter user and carer was free of charge which we appreciated. Although not advertised there is a van which sells refreshments near the river and glasshouses, which has outside seating. We found the Lily glasshouse particularly beautiful and we were lucky to see the passion flowers (passiaflora rectangulares) in full bloom which were a real delight to see - see photos below.