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Can anyone comment on wheelchair access in the Greenwich Planetarium and or Port Lympne Zoo?

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Blu Fri 01-Aug-08 19:11:58

There's nothing on thier websites and we have learned not to rely on the DDA!
Thank you!

blueshoes Fri 01-Aug-08 19:24:25

My dh says there is wheelchair access at the Greenwich Planetarium. He has negotiated it with a buggy.

Blu Fri 01-Aug-08 19:26:39

Thanks Blueshoes!

Blu Fri 01-Aug-08 19:27:18

Did he say it was good? Would it suit a 7 year-old interested in science?

busybeingmum Fri 01-Aug-08 19:27:35

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eandh Fri 01-Aug-08 19:28:28

port lympne very hilly and a very long walk (we take the safari truck ride round but I don't remember that being wheelchair accessible)

Howletts (Port lypne sister park and not to far away) is walkable and flatter ground

Blu Fri 01-Aug-08 19:31:51

yes, we went to Port Lympne a couple of years ago and I remember it being a right old slog...but DS wasn't using a wheelchair then. I could push going down the hill, DP back up....wink. It's reputed to be a uch better zoo than Howletts - is that true?

QOD Fri 01-Aug-08 19:39:13

Port Lympe is way cool (I live in the village) but yes, very hilly, its all downhill when you are fresh as a daisy.........
There are truck things back up, I am sure they would transport a wheelchair & user back up BUT it may mean getting out of the chair. Is that possible?
Howletts, still hilly, but some up & downs rather than all one or t'other.
Oh there is a wheelchair route at port lympne now I think about it!

Blu Fri 01-Aug-08 19:45:08

Yes, DS could get out of w'chair for short trip.
Last time, though, when he used to get v tired walking we waited and waited f that shuttle bus and they had given up because they didn't have enough staff.

Wheelchair route - good!

eandh Fri 01-Aug-08 19:46:23

my dd's love port lympne animals (elephants/giraffes/rhinos) and the truck ride but prefer the gorillas at howletts, although thinking about it we've been to port lympne 5 times in last 2 years and howlettes once so that obviously proves which one they prefer!!smile

Marina Fri 01-Aug-08 19:51:02

Greenwich Planetarium was only remodelled this year so it if it not DDA-compliant they should be ashamed of themselves Blu
Ds says it has "space games and stuff" hmm - this is a recommendation.

catweazle Fri 01-Aug-08 20:15:09

We really struggle to push DD's pushchair round Port Lympne. I prefer it to Howletts but Howletts is flatter.

Blu Fri 01-Aug-08 20:48:33

LOL at 'this is a recommendation'.

Well, I think we will have to brave the hills at P Lympne and use it to mark the start of our fitness regime. I just couldn't remmber whether the entrance was accesible - I seem to remember queuing on a long flight of steps alongside some baboons??

blueshoes Fri 01-Aug-08 20:53:46

Dh reckons the Planetarium is of definite interest to a science-inclined 7 year old. As is the nearby National Maritime Museum, which is an easy walk down the hill - perfectly wheelchair friendly. The National Maritime Museum is a nice experience (do not be put off by the somewhat specialist name) and also wheelchair friendly.

QOD Sat 02-Aug-08 08:49:34

No Blu, its a loooooooooooooooong slope!
Have a wonderful time!
When you going/coming?

Blu Sat 02-Aug-08 20:00:59


mistersmum Sat 02-Aug-08 20:23:17

Don't go to Port Lympne if it is raining as all of the animals hide away and you don't get to see much!!
I do remember there being a minibus at PL as we went with my FIL who is registered disabled, but not in a wheel chair. THey were good - but it was out pof peak season!

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