As with any big city, it can be tricky to find wedding venues in Leicester that are both attractive and fully wheelchair accessible. Many buildings there were designed before the accessibility regulations of today came into effect, and are difficult to update. Unfortunately, this takes quite a lot of beautiful venues off the list when it comes to finding wheelchair-friendly places to tie the knot.
However, there are still certainly plenty left! Here’s five fully accessible wedding venues to suit a variety of tastes.
Leicester Town Hall
Leicester Town Hall is a Grade II listed building situated in the town square, opposite a beautiful ornamental fountain, which is great for wedding photos! Disabled Go has a detailed summary of its features: though the front entrance has steps, there is a wheelchair accessible door to the building in Horsefair Street, around the corner. Inside the hall, there are disabled toilets and lifts available.
Belgrave Hall is a gorgeous 17th century house with well-kept gardens, ideal for a small wedding and reception. What’s more, if you and your spouse-to-be are fans of the supernatural, it happens to also be famous for its ghosts! Its page on the Leicester City Council website notes its accessibility: it has disabled parking spaces and a disabled toilet available inside. As for the gardens, they are “fully accessible via ramps, though some paths may be narrow for larger wheelchairs.”
How do you fancy getting married in the same church where King Richard III was laid to rest in 2012? Leicester Cathedral, which has stood for centuries, offers Church of England wedding ceremonies (though, according to their website, “the Church of England is not legally able to host a Civil Partnership or same-sex Marriage ceremony”) against a truly stunning backdrop. The accessibility page on their website gives information about access: the south door can be used by wheelchair users and ramps are in place throughout the cathedral.
St Martins House
St Martins House is a former grammar school repurposed in 2011 as a large conference and social centre. It’s attractive both on the inside and outside – there’s plenty of greenery, as well as statues, art installations and even old graves surrounding the building. It offers a dedicated wedding co-ordinator to help you plan out your big day, and its website promises “full wheelchair accessibility” throughout the venue. It does not have its own car park, unfortunately, although there are public ones a short distance away.
If you want something a bit different for your wedding, you could always try the award-winning National Space Centre! It’s one of the top tourist attractions in Leicester, and it’s available to hire for a space-themed wedding. You can even get your wedding photos taken in their massive planetarium, among the stars! The whole venue is wheelchair accessible.
Every year, more and more buildings are remodelled to comply with accessibility advice and regulations. Hopefully, we will see this list expand in years to come!