Rutland is a beautiful part of Britain, featuring many beautiful old castles and churches, which are perfect for holding a wedding ceremony. However, it’s an unfortunate fact that not all wedding venues have factored in accessibility. Since many popular ceremony locations are old buildings created before lifts and ramps became commonplace, it can be extremely frustrating to find what looks like the perfect venue only to be told you can’t access it via a wheelchair.
Therefore, we’ve examined some of the best wedding venues in county of Rutland to see whether they’re wheelchair friendly.
Many people dream of holding their fairy-tale wedding in an old castle, and Oakham Castle advertises itself as “…one of the finest surviving examples of Norman architecture anywhere in England.” They also note that “the castle is fully wheelchair and mobility scooter accessible with provision for visitors with visual impairment.” There are a few other aspects to take note of as suggested by Disabled Holiday Info, there’s a a portable ramp rather than a built-in one providing access into the venue and disabled parking spaces are available in a nearby public car park.
Barnsdale Gardens in Oakham is a gorgeous venue for an outdoor wedding. Unlike a lot of garden-based venues, it has almost complete wheelchair access – it is mostly flat ground and it has provisions such as toilets for disabled guests. Its website claims there are just a few areas that cannot be accessed by wheelchairs. Barnsdale has also received an award from the Rutland Access group in recognition of their disabled facilities!
The Falcon Hotel
The Falcon Hotel, situated in the beautiful centre of Uppingham, offers rooms specifically designed for guests who are less abled. These rooms, which feature wet rooms and safety bars, are ideal if you plan to stay the night in the venue. The hotel itself has ramps and handrails, as well as easy access to the gardens. Their website also states that all of their staff are more than happy to answer any questions you may have relating to your specific requirements.
All Saints Church
The historic All Saints Church in Oakham, which dates all the way back to 1086, is the ideal place for a religious wedding. In 2010 work was done to render the building more accessible, adding ramps and handrails for disabled guests. Disabled car parking spaces can be found in the nearby car park, and the venue has a hearing aid induction loop for the hard of hearing and large print hymn books available for the visually impaired.
The former royal castle of Rockingham, south of Uppingham, is an absolutely stunning location for a wedding. While its disabled access is only partial, there is still a chance it may be suitable for your needs if you really have your heart set on it. According to their website, their formal gardens are “generally accessible” while their wild gardens are “more difficult”. Be sure to contact them for further information.