Accessible Cambridge

Cambridge is known for many things — its impressive architecture, world-class university and iconic local landmarks to name just a few. But the city is also home to several businesses offering a range of all-inclusive facilities. Often spontaneous trips turn into strenuous planning, so let’s take a look at what some of our most accessible businesses have to offer.


From independent boutiques to big-name brands, you’ll find something for everyone here in Cambridge. Not only are you spoilt for choice with the Grafton, Lion Yard and Grand Arcade, but this city is also home to hundreds of high street stores. And for those with temporary or permanent mobility issues, Shop Mobility is a free-of-charge service that allows you to borrow mobility scooters and wheelchairs during your visit. You’ll find them located in both the Grafton or Grand Arcade car parks, but please note booking beforehand is essential. Learn more about this service at

In terms of parking, you’ll find a selection of blue badge spaces both on-street and in car parks dotted across the city centre. You’ll also be entitled to claim three hours’ free parking at any time of day across the city’s four multi-storey car parks, giving you the perfect excuse to scrap the window shopping and enjoy a full-blown spree. You’ll just need to scan your blue badge at the pay station to reduce your fare.


Spend a day discovering a series of luscious landscapes at Cambridge Botanical Gardens. Founded in 1762, this slice of serenity is an active research facility with over 8,000 species on show. Most of the gardens are wheelchair accessible, equipped with sloped paving ramps and wheelchair-friendly picnic tables. For those with sight or hearing impediments, registered guide dogs are more than welcome on-site and induction loops are also available upon request. Don’t forget to visit the Garden Cafe, where you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious homemade treat on the terrace.

Soak up the city sights in style with Let’s Go Punting. This top-rated tour lets you enjoy some of the city’s most iconic landmarks with a chauffer-guided punting ride along the River Cam. You’ll also have the option to enhance your experience with a punting picnic, where you can sit back and enjoy a gourmet lunch as you glide. Assistance is on hand when boarding the boats via a small set of steps, and staff will safely store mobility aids at the station for the duration of your trip. Carers can also claim concessionary tickets.

Whether it’s an intimate evening of entertainment or fun for all the family, Cambridge Arts Theatre showcases a variety of top-quality performances as the city’s independent regional theatre. It’s also an incredibly accessible venue, with wheelchair users enjoying reduced-price tickets and exclusive seats in the stalls. The programme includes a range of audio-described and British Sign Language-interpreted performances, as well as relaxed shows best suited to autistic and neurodivergent individuals. Carers can also watch performances for free.


Feeling peckish? Why not head down to Trinity Street to visit Michaelhouse Cafe. Situated inside St. Michaels Church, this cosy corner of Cambridge is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee and catch up with friends. A wheelchair ramp and wide electric doors offer easy entrance, and all tables are designed with wheelchair users in mind. Portable induction loops are also available upon request.

Visit Six Restaurant to experience one of the city’s most scenic spots. This stylish venue is a favourite for tourists and locals alike, boasting beautiful panoramic views of the spectacular city skyline. You’ll find it located on the sixth floor of the Varsity Hotel, so use the wheelchair accessible entrance before taking the lift straight to the top. We also recommend making a note on your booking to ensure you’re provided with a wheelchair-friendly table.

Experience where the local population and the student community come together at The Town And Gown. This far-from-traditional pub offers everything from bottomless brunch to a big night out. The top floor of the venue also hosts a wonderfully intimate fringe theatre with abundant shows to enjoy. And for those with mobility issues, this venue is wheelchair accessible with an easy access lift. Please note although the businesses listed have achieved good levels of accessibility, we always recommend making your own inquiries before travelling to ensure your individual accessibility requirements are met.



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