Ripley was built on fairly level ground, so progress is relatively unhindered throughout the village. The Market Square is cobbled but a good tarmacadam road runs the full length from the Main Street to the Castle gates.
Visitors to the Castle and Gardens are advised to make their way to the gift shop to purchase tickets for the Castle and/or Gardens. Parking spaces are available very close to the entrance point. We have a four-wheeled motorised scooter available for castle visitors, which can be reserved by contacting us on 01423 770152. Motorised scooters are NOT permitted in the Castle, though there is the availability of a manual wheelchair to use during the Castle tour (pre-booking is advisable). Electric wheelchairs are premitted with advice.
The Castle Tearoom and Gift Shop are both fully accessible to wheelchair users and have disabled WC's. The Castle's main entrance is ramped and four of the six rooms on the tour are fully accessible to wheelchair users: DVDs of the tour of the upstairs rooms are available for you to watch.
The Castle terrace is surfaced with gravel: not ideal for wheelchairs, but it is reasonably manageable. The gardens and grounds are reasonably level and a good network of stone paths ensure that you can get to most places. The majority of the hothouses in the Gardens are not currently accessible, but you can pass through the Palm House to get to the grounds. The Park walk is not recommended for wheelchair users.
The Castle Guides operate a state-of-the art neck loop system for the hard of hearing, and have four neck loops that they can hand out. You can reserve these in advance: contact us to let us know when you are coming.
The guided tour system works very well at Ripley Castle, and because virtually all of the items here are on open display anyway, blind people are encouraged to handle some of the items as they are being discussed. We have always worked on the basis that the civil war armour was made for fighting battles in: anything that our visitors manage to do to it while handling it can't be much worse!
If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.