Easy Access Facilities for Disabled Persons in Gibraltar
Some of the areas of Gibraltar, as you might imagine, can be a little harder for the disabled or wheelchair bound person to get around in, with some of the areas of uneven ground or small slender steps being a challenge to access, but there are quite a few which have been made at least partly accessible for the visitors who are physically challenged.
The Government of Gibraltar is taking every step they can to meet the special needs of some of the visitors to Gibraltar, still some of the attractions of Gibraltar, given their natural leanings, can’t be made to be fully accessible to the individual with special needs.
For this reason, and to compensate for the lack of complete accessibility, the Tourist Board of Gibraltar offers free access to disabled people who come to the Upper Rock. Additionally some of the older areas of Gibraltar town will not meet with your needs so its advisable to check with the Tourist board prior to visiting a given area with a wheelchair or special needs.
Some of the tourist attractions of Gibraltar which are accessible on any level have been listed below for your convenience.
Easy Access Areas:
- Apes Den, has clear access to special needs.
- World War II Rock and Fortress Tunnel Tour has good access.
- Gibraltar Arts and Crafts Exhibition also offers good access as well as lifts to upper floor.
- Shrine of Our Lady of Europe offers good access with a ramp at the entrance of the shrine.
- Alameda Botanical Gardens is completely accessible.
- John Mackintosh Hall, which is a library and cultural center has good access, along with lifts to the first floor of the center.
Some Access with moderate difficulty:
- St Michaels Cave, offers access to the entrance, bridge and the steps.
- Great Siege Tunnels offers access about half way, however there are steep hills and a set of steps to clear.
- Military Heritage Centre, is moderately difficult due to the ground being somewhat uneven.
- Nelsons Anchorage has access only to the exhibition. The actual gun access is difficult due to the narrow corridors and the steep steps that lead to the gun.
- Gibraltar Museum can offer access only to the lower floor.
- Alameda Wildlife Park is partly accessible to special needs, as it contains some steps which may be difficult to navigate.
- Trafalgar Cemetery will permit access to some areas of the cemetery.
- Gibraltar Crystal Factory offers a step into the factory, but help is provided by the factory staff.
- Flat Bastion Magazine is only accessible in part due to narrow corridors to navigate.
Very Difficult Access Areas:
- The City under Siege Exhibition is hard to access due to its steep steps and a very heavy door.
- The Moorish Castle Access will be difficult due to the narrow corridors that it offers as well as the steps.
- The Gibraltar Cable car requires the navigation of several flights of steps, making it a difficult access area.
- Parson’s Lodge is difficult due the several flights of stairs as well as some uneven pathways.
Disabled Parking in Gibraltar
There are a total of 56 parking areas designated for the handicapped or disabled from which you may choose in Gibraltar, to make it easier for you to access those things that you’d like to see.
Among the handicapped parking areas in Gibraltar:
- City Mill Lane
- Castle Road by old St Bernard’s Hospital
- Catalan Bay Road by Seaview House
- Cathedral Square by Taxi Rank
- Cornwall’s Lane
- Eastern Beach Road
- Europort Avenue by school car park
- Europort Road by Med Rowing Club
- Flat Bastion Road by Bado’s Passage
- Glacis Estate by Brother O’Brien House
- Glacis Estate by George Don House
- Grand Parade Car Park
- Harbour Views Road opposite GASA
- John Mackintosh Square
- Keightley Way (Camp Bay)
- Keightley Way (Little Bay)
- Laguna Estate by Ark Royal House
- Laguna Estate
- Laguna Estate by Nelson House
- Line Wall Road
- Main Street
- Moorish Castle
- Prince Edward’s Road
- Queensway by Romney Huts
- Red Sands Road
- Rosia Dale
- Upper Witham’s Road
- Varyl Begg Estate
- Waterport Road
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