The glasshouses are arranged in two groups; Carnivorous Plants, Lily House, Fernery, and Alpine House are in the group closest to the ticket office; Arid House and Palm House are further along (see map). Long corridors link the areas within each group. Flooring in the glasshouses is a mixture of paving, textured concrete, and wooden boards. Please note that all areas can get crowded on busy days. There are access features to note in the glasshouses below:
Conservatory – The conservatory floor is fairly even and there is a backless bench to rest on. Most of the plant labels are at an accessible height for wheelchair users. Please be aware that there are two metal support poles in the middle of the floor space. There is plenty of space to move around.
Carnivorous Plants – Plants in the carnivorous house are arranged on two levels of staged beds, and wooden ‘cobbles’ on the floor can make access difficult for wheelchair users; the door is also rather narrow. There is a magnifying glass available to appreciate the details of the plants. There is plenty of space to move around.
Lily House – Space inside the Lily House is rather restricted, particularly around the corners of the main pond; people using larger wheelchairs may find that this area is not accessible. The humid houses have gratings in the floor with holes approx. 2cm square - some people may need to take extra care here. The Lilly House is kept at a high temperature (over 30C) and is very humid.
Fernery - There is a stone floor in the Fernery which can be wet and slippery at times. The fernery is very humid.
Alpine House - The direct entrance from the gardens has one step down with no handrail. Level access is available into the Alpine House from the main glasshouse. The Alpine House is not large enough for most wheelchairs to turn around; wheelchair users may have to exit backwards
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