Windsor Castle with a Wheelchair

Jun 24th, 2014, 12:09 PM
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Windsor Castle with a Wheelchair

Is the hill up to the castle too steep for a not terribly strong person to push a manual wheelchair up? Is there any way to circumvent the hill or find a pusher -- wheelchair, of course.

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Jun 24th, 2014, 12:29 PM
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>>Is the hill up to the castle too steep for a not terribly strong person to push a manual wheelchair up?<<

That entirely depends on how heavy is the person IN the wheel chair. I know I would not have been able to push my mom up there in her transport chair (but it was one w/ a bit smaller rear wheels than a regular wheel chair). They do not have staff to do this if that is what you meant by a 'pusher'.

The Castle would not be an especially easy place to visit IMO w/ serious mobility issues. They do the best they can w/ such an old building and there is a lift to get to the level of the State Apartments - but "ADA compliant" it isn't. It isn't just the hill into the Castle - but the fairly long walks w/i the Castle precincts once you are through the entrance. And I don't think there is wheel chair access to the Dolls House (but I'm not totally sure about that)

But they do allow the attendant/'pusher' free entry.
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Jun 25th, 2014, 04:57 AM
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See http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/vi...obility-access for pictures and descriptions of some of the obstacles.

Also see http://www.windsor.gov.uk/visitor-in...h-a-disability for information about the town and related attractions
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Jun 25th, 2014, 01:10 PM
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It will be tough pushing someone up the hill to the State Apartments and coming down off the hill as you leave. There is a ramp going up into the building and you would be on level ground to see the Dolls House.

The lift going to the next floor is very small and can only accommodate two. I would check on the door width.

I don't believe there is a handicap entrance to St. George's Chapel. There is several small steps at the entrance and steps inside the Chapel.

You might consider renting a small motorized scooter. Something small enough to fit in the lift.
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Jun 25th, 2014, 04:40 PM
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The entire visitor route is accessible for wheelchair users. Wheelchairs can be borrowed free of charge from the Castle's visitor centre. Audio tours are available. Telephone +44 (0)20 7766 7324 in advance to arrange assistance by a warden. http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/vi...r-visit/access

however, it is up a steep hill and may be difficult to navigate. there is ramp access and lifts motorized scooters may be used only in certain areas. there are thick carpets inside and this may also create difficulties. look at the website and decide whether this is something that you can do or not
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Jun 25th, 2014, 04:45 PM
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>>The entire visitor route is accessible for wheelchair users. Wheelchairs can be borrowed free of charge from the Castle's visitor centre. <<

Yes, as the website clearly states. However -- the actual pushing of that wheel chair would not be easy - at all. It isn't just the hill pup to the Castle - it is the hassle of getting most places in the castle precinct. Not impossible - but not easy and the OP makes it sound like the attendant/'pusher' isn't exactly a body builder.
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Jul 16th, 2014, 02:59 PM
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Thanks for all the input. We were not able to make it up the hill. I'll take a stronger pusher next time.
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Jul 16th, 2014, 03:05 PM
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that's too bad

I learned how hard even 'handicap accessible' sites can be. For 3 years my mom was ambulatory but had to use a chair when out of the house. We only had a transport chair and she weighed a good deal more than I did.

Maybe on your next trip you can look into renting a motorized chair/scooter.
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