My visit to Lanchester Garden Centre and Potter’s Tropical Village in Lanchester, Durham.
Blue Badge Parking: Yes
Concessions/Carer Prices: Free admission to the garden centre, £2 per person for Potter’s Tropical Village
Wheelchair/Mobility Scooter hire: No
Accessible Toilets: Yes
I visited Lanchester Garden Centre and the attached Potter’s Tropical Village on 23rd December with family.
On arrival there are a couple of disabled parking spaces next to the entrance. These do not specify a requirement for a blue badge. The car park is gravelled, which meant I needed assistance to get to the door.
Inside the garden centre, I was able to self-propel easily around the shop and restaurant (which I noticed had lots of gluten-free options for you coeliacs out there). The shop wasn’t the easiest of places to negotiate as the aisles were very narrow, so wider wheelchairs/mobility scooters may struggle to get through.
The Potter’s Tropical Village is within the garden centre and is a lovely place to visit. There are free flying birds, fish and reptiles to see and the information boards were at appropriate heights for wheelchair users. I could self propel around all of it as all of the paths were smooth, however I did need assistance to open the entrance and exit doors so could not have visited alone.
There are also birds of prey at the centre, but the path to their enclosures was gravelled and therefore really difficult for me to get up in my chair which was a shame.
Overall I really loved the attraction and would recommend it to anybody who likes animals!
Thank you for reading, and Merry Christmas.