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Disabled Access At The Stonehenge Ruins

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Europe Disabled Travel Advice, Accessible Tours Hotels, Accessible Holidays, Disabled Guided Tours By www.sagetraveling.com. The biggest challenge that Stonehenge disabled access presents are the two …

Europe Disabled Travel Advice, Accessible Tours Hotels, Accessible Holidays, Disabled Guided Tours By www.sagetraveling.com. The biggest challenge that Stonehenge disabled access presents are the two ramps at the entrance. Below is the step by step process that can help you in Disabled Access At The Stonehenge Ruins. Our disabled travel agents can take care of all of this for you!

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  • 1. Disabled Access at the Stonehenge Ruinshttp://sagetraveling.com/stonehenge-disabled-access
  • 2. Stonehenge disabled access greets wheelchair users with rampedaccess at the entrance, a paved path on one side of the ruins, and agrass path on the other side of the ruins.• Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Stonehenge contains a perimeter ditch that was first constructed 5000 years ago and the enormous stones that were erected over the next 500 years.• Stonehenge is an amazing sight that every European disabled tourist should make it a point to see! www.sagetraveling.com
  • 3. The biggest challenge that Stonehenge disabled access presents are thetwo ramps at the entrance (described below).• The optional grass path (shown in the photos below) could also be challenging, especially if the ground is wet.• Overall, manual wheelchair users, power wheelchair users, and mobility scooter users will have minimal difficulty visiting Stonehenge. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 4. I gave Stonehenge a 4 Star Sage Accessibility Rating because it has shortdistances, smooth pavement, only a couple of ramps, and an accessibletoilet. It did not receive a 5 star rating because it is not completelyflat. The entire area is being renovated in 2013. If you visit after the new visitor center and transit system is operational, please send me some accessibility photos so I can add them to this page. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 5. Stonehenge Wheelchair Accessibility Map
  • 6. Stonehenge can only be reached by car or bus. There are no otherpublic transportation options available.Stonehenge visitors from London will approach using the A344 highwayshown below. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 7. Stonehenge disabled visitors are likely to find large crowds….especiallyif the weather is decent. Wheelchair users will need to roll down a 15meter long ramp (3 Star Sage Flatness Rating) to reach the ticketwindow. There may be a long line of people standing on the ramp. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 8. At the ticket window, you will find turnstiles and a gate that can beopened for wheelchair users and strollers/buggies. You will also pick upyour audioguide here. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 9. A pedestrian tunnel leads underneath the A344 highway. On the otherside of the highway is a zigzag ramp (shown in the photo on the right)that leads to the field surrounding the Stonehenge ruins. It has a similarsteepness to the ramp at the entrance. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 10. After you get to the top of the ramp, there will be a single paved pathleading near the ruins. Everyone must take this path, so just follow thecrowds. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 11. An aerial photo below shows the direction you will be facing as youapproach the ruins on the paved path. The grass path is at the top ofthe picture. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 12. Crowds must stay behind the rope and away from the ruins. The pictureof me (John Sage) on the right shows how close you can get.I snapped this pic quickly while no other visitors were next to me….it canget quite crowded! By the way, that’s me in my typical England travel gear:waterproof jacket, folder with directions and maps on my lap, andbackpack on the back of my wheelchair….it works great! www.sagetraveling.com
  • 13. The paved path is flat except for a small elevation change due to the5000 year old circular ditch (shown in the photo on the left).Apparently, the builders weren’t thinking about wheelchair accessibility atthe time ;-) Don’t worry though….going over the ditch is easy in awheelchair. Signs such as the one shown on the right indicate where to goto next track on audioguide. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 14. The Stonehenge wheelchair accessible paved path ends on thesouthwest side of the stone circle (the end of the path is shown on theleft & a photo looking back towards Stonehenge is shown on the right).• Visitors can either continue on the grass around the ruins (an additional 200 meters) or turn around and head back to the entrance.• On the day I visited, the grass was dry and it was easy for me to push my wheelchair around the entire ruins. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 15. Aerial map showing 200 meters of grass path www.sagetraveling.com
  • 16. Towards the end of the loop around the stone circle is a raised path togo over ancient “Avenue” ditch (the audioguide will tell you all aboutthe Avenue). The path is ramped at both ends. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 17. After you reach the paved path again, you’ll go back out through thesame entrance you arrived. You’ll go down the zigzag ramp and throughthe pedestrian tunnel. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 18. Return your audioguide on the way out and proceed through the gateand up the ramp to the parking lot. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 19. Stonehenge has wheelchair accessible toilets at the far end of car park.There is ramped access, plenty of space, and the grab bars required byUK law. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 20. Significant changes to the Stonehenge area are scheduled for 2013. TheA344 road near Stonehenge will be completely removed to restore amore pristine feeling to the area.• The visitor center will be moved further away, and visitors will need to take a short train ride to the ruins (shown in the map).• The transit system could result in long lines.• Hopefully Stonehenge disabled access will stay as good or better than it currently is. If you visit after the renovations have been made, please send me some accessibility photos with descriptions so I can put them here! Thanks! www.sagetraveling.com
  • 21.  We look forward to making your accessible dream vacation a reality!  Call Us: 1-888-645-7920 Contact us at info@sagetraveling.com http://sagetraveling.com/stonehenge-disabled-access