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Disabled Access Day

Release date: Monday, 6 March 2017

A BSL tour at Windsor Castle

A BSL tour at Windsor Castle ©

Visitors with disabilities were offered free admission to Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mews and The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace as part of this year's Disabled Access Day weekend from 10 to 12 March. 

Developed in 2015 by a group of disabled people and their families and friends in Scotland, Disabled Access Day is now a nationwide event that celebrates venues with special access facilities and encourages people with disabilities to visit somewhere new.  For the first time, this year's event took place over three days due to popular demand.

Across the royal residences, visitors with disabilities and their access companions enjoyed talks, tours and object-handling sessions in addition to free admission. Throughout the weekend, Braille orders of service were available for the Standard Mattins, Communion and Evensong services at St George's Chapel.

In London, visitors were able to join verbal descriptive tours of the Portrait of the Artist exhibition at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, while the Royal Mews offered free admission to disabled visitors for the first time.