Warwick - Connect Culture
Warwick is a charmingly typical English town in a medieval setting with all ingredients present: old cobbled streets, quirky timber framed houses, two original town gates, a famous castle and a race course. So if you can negotiate the necessary ascents and descents, due to the hill it is built on, and the narrow pavements – fortunately not cobbled – it’s well worth the visit.
There has been human activity at Warwick as early as the Neolithic period, and constant habitation since the 6th century. Warwick did not become industrialised in the 19th century and has retained its character.
– Frieda Van de Poll
Warwick has a railway station with limited access for wheelchair users. It is currenty only accessible on one platform. There is also no lift to get across to the platform to the other side, so it probably isn’t the best transport choice for wheelchair users! It might be better to catch the bus. From Coventry Trinity Street, bus routes X18 and 18A are low floor easy access buses. But the journey could take over an hour in travel time. Warwick Bus Station is in the city centre.
Below we suggest a selected itinerary for visitors to Warwick chosen for its ease of accessibility.
Admission fee over £ 20 for adults, free for under 4
The most famous feature of Warwick is its Castle, a stone fortress established in 1068 by William the Conqueror. A must-see for tourists, in lovely grounds, where you are able to picnic and admire the view, whilst sampling various attractions such as jousting and other medieval fun enacted by performers in medieval gear. The scary dungeons are favoured by teenagers, but unfortunately not accessible for wheelchair users. In fact, most of the inside of the heavily rebuilt castle isn’t accessible. Also, entry is quite expensive, and for some of the attractions you have to pay extra. Having said that, on a sunny day, Warwick Castle provides a good day out for the family. The grounds are well laid out, with wheelchair accessible tarmacked pathways throughout.
Market Hall Museum
The Warwickshire Museum contains displays of Archaeology, Geology and Natural History, The Great Fire of Warwick and Sheldon’s Tapestry Map. There is wheelchair access to the ground floor with assistance. However, these is no wheelchair access to the first floor galleries. BSL signing is available by arrangement for special events
Lord Leycester Hospital and Master’s Garden
Admission fee about £ 4
The Lord Leycester Hospital has, apparently, never been a medical establishment. The word hospital is used in its ancient sense meaning “a charitable institution for the housing and maintenance of the needy, infirm or aged”. It is not accessible for wheelchair users, but makes interesting viewing from the outside. The timber-framed buildings date mainly from the late 14th century and are clustered around the Norman gateway into Warwick with its 12th century Chantry Chapel. Hidden behind the ancient buildings is the tiny but delightful Master’s Garden.
This is Warwick’s finest group of Medieval and Tudor structures and is a ‘must visit’ for lovers of beautiful period buildings. The toffee coloured, half-timbered exterior beckons the visitor inside to view the equally striking interior.
This is also a popular wedding venue too and has been used in a number of television productions including Pride and Prejudice, Tom Jones, Moll Flanders and even the Doctor Who episode, The Shakespeare Code.
St John’s House Museum
A charming Jacobean mansion, home to period reconstructions of a Victorian kitchen and classroom. Includes dolls and toys, a discovery room for under 5s and also the Royal Warwickshire Regimental Museum on the first floor. Children especially welcome. Fully landscaped gardens and wheelchair access available to the ground floor.
Other Accessible Warwick Restaurants
Our top accessible restaurant in Warwick
Chopsticks (Chinese buffet /cuisine, accessible toilet but doubled as a cleaning cupboard on day of visit, level access, private parking rear of restaurant) Watch out for opening hours – not listed and our researchers were caught out by this)
Racehorse (pub, part of Everards, have special menus for OAPs, with accessible toilet and parking) Near Warwick Castle, coaches stop. Bus route X18 stop outside.
Cafe Catalan (Spanish cuisine, tapas served till 7.30 pm, no accessible toilet, level entrance)
Warwick Castle There are food and drink outlets at the Castle. You can access the Coach House Family Restaurant without going into the Castle but it is cobbley.