Here we have a handpicked selection of wheelchair friendly attractions, days out, and tourist hotspots in Liverpool.
This growing list includes our days out in a wheelchair, days out from other disabled bloggers, and wheelchair friendly attractions we find along the way.
This post is simply an overview of the places you can visit in our wonderful city. It’s essential to check with each attraction to suit your personal needs. As you know, wheelchair accessible, disabled friendly, and suitable for wheelchair users can mean different things.
These days out and attractions in Liverpool may also be suitable for slow walkers, people with mobility problems, and mobility scooter users. However, some scooters may be too big to access all or part of the attraction – Check first before you visit Liverpool; we accept no responsibility.
Wheelchair Friendly Liverpool
People ask me if Liverpool is wheelchair friendly? I say, yes, overall, Liverpool is wheelchair friendly. Nearly all the main tourist attractions are suitable for wheelchairs, as are the theatres, pubs and restaurants.
Wheelchair Accessible Things to Do and See in Liverpool
Things to do in Liverpool for Wheelchair Users
The Mersey Ferry
No trip to Liverpool would be complete without a trip on the World-Famous Mersey Ferry. There is no better way to see the fabulous Liverpool skyline than a cruise along the river.
The main deck of the Ferry is accessible to wheelchairs and has an accessible toilet, as do the ferry terminals. Staff can assist people with poor mobility in getting on and off the Ferry.
The Pier Head
Once the beating heart of Liverpool, the Pier Head is part of the UNESCO world heritage site and is the gateway to everything Liverpool has to offer.
Bask in the sunshine against a backdrop of the Three Graces, or get involved in one of the many festivals, markets and events now staged at the Pier Head.
Access: The terrain is mainly flat, with some well-laid cobbles. Accessible toilet in ferry terminal building.
Royal Albert Dock
Albert Dock was the catalyst for the regeneration of Liverpool. A destination in its own right, the Albert Dock is home to museums, galleries, cafes, bars and shops.
As a listed building, there are cobbles around the dock, and you can avoid them as there are paving slabs down the middle of the walkway.
The Beatles Story
If you are a fan of the Fab Four, you’ll love The Beatles Story. The ultimate Beatles experience. Immerse yourself in the mania, memorabilia and story of four lads from Liverpool who went on to conquer the world.
The Beatles Story is accessible to wheelchair users, although some restrictions apply.
The Cavern Club
Experience where it all began. For decades, the Cavern Club has been delighting music fans worldwide.
It’s still a thriving venue for live music. And possibly the most famous club in the world. The Cavern Club is accessible via a lift and has internal ramps.
St Johns Beacon
If you have seen a picture of Liverpool’s skyline, you’ll recognize the iconic 400-foot-tall St. Johns Beacon.
Home to Radio City, there are no better views of Liverpool, North West England, and North Wales. St. Johns Beacon tours are fully accessible to wheelchairs.
The Wheel of Liverpool
The Wheel of Liverpool is a must for spectacular views over Liverpool, Wirral Peninsula, and North Wales.
Standing at 196ft tall, the wheel has two accessible capsules that hold one wheelchair per capsule. Access to the capsule is via ramps and wide capsule doors.
Access: Access Information Difficult to Find
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
If you need a bit of serenity and a break from the hustle and bustle of Liverpool city centre, stop at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
The largest Cathedral in the UK, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, takes accessibility seriously and works hard to welcome every visitor.
Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King
The Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King is truly a stunning building.
The largest Catholic Cathedral in England, you will be in awe of its majesty, and it’s a vision that will stay with you forever. The Cathedral is accessible to wheelchair users and people with mobility problems.
St Georges Hall
St Georges Hall is a remarkable example of Victorian opulence.
Taking pride in place, St George’s Hall is more than a building, it’s arguably Liverpool’s most important building because it’s in the hearts of Liverpool people. St Georges Hall describes itself as fully DDA accessible.
Access: Limited Access Information – Watch Out for Our Personal Access Review
Liverpool Football Club Tour
Liverpool Football Club is one of the world’s most supported clubs, and Anfield is one of the world’s most iconic stadiums.
When you visit Liverpool, take a tour of Anfield, visit the museum, sit in the Kop and get a closeup of the pitch graced by so many game giants.
Everton Football Club Tour
Everton Football Club is known as “The People’s Club” and “The Friendly Club”. If you’re a Toffees fan, then a Tour of Goodison is a must.
You’ll see the players changing rooms, sit in the director’s box and get pitchside through the player’s tunnel.
Tours in Liverpool
The Magical Mystery Tour
The Magical Mystery Tour takes you on a journey through the life, times and iconic destinations made famous by The Beatles.
The tour bus is not accessible to full-time wheelchair users as there are three steps to get on and off the tour bus. Wheelchairs can be transported in the luggage area of the coach.
Liverpool City Sights
Liverpool City Sights operate a fleet of open-top tour buses. With multiple tours, including Liverpool City Centre sights and Beatles Tours, you’re sure to find a tour that suits you.
The fleet of double-decker buses is accessible for wheelchair users on the lower deck.
Fab Four Taxi Tours
Take a private black cab tour around Liverpool with Fab Four Taxi Tours.
Visit the childhood homes of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Experience Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, Eleanor Rigby’s tombstone and many more iconic Liverpool attractions. All from the comfort of a wheelchair accessible black cab.
Access: Black Cabs and Peugeot E 7’s fleet can accommodate one wheelchair per vehicle.
For a more in-depth look at Liverpool, go for a walk.
The city centre isn’t that big so why not just wander. I love bimbling in Liverpool because I never know what I will find.
Access: Liverpool City Walks intend to make its tours accessible to all
Museums in Liverpool
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Based on the Royal Albert Dock, the Merseyside Maritime Museum is home to a collection of objects which document the social and commercial history of Liverpool.
Inside, there are ongoing and rotating exhibitions. The main museum and galleries are accessible to wheelchair users.
International Slavery Museum
The International Slavery Museum documents historical and contemporary slavery. The only museum of its kind is also a hub of human rights resources. The museum is accessible to wheelchair users. However, restrictions apply due to evacuation procedures.
Museum of Liverpool
The Museum of Liverpool is a fantastic addition to the city’s museums. Charting Liverpool life through the ages, the Museum of Liverpool is a must-visit tourist attraction and a great day out for the whole family. As you would expect in a purpose-built museum, the entire site is accessible to wheelchairs.
Access: Museum of Liverpool Access Guide
A magnificent museum, the World Museum houses collections and artefacts spanning archaeology, ethnology and the natural and physical sciences. On display until 28th October 2018 is China’s First Emperor and Terracotta Warriors, and the World Museum has won awards for its accessibility.
British Music Experience
Music fans, you’ll love the British Music Experience. It tells the story of popular British music, and the experience uses costumes, instruments, memorabilia and performances to bring the story to life.
The British Music Experience is wheelchair accessible. However, there is a separate entrance for wheelchair users.
Galleries in Liverpool
Walker Art Gallery
Home to one of England’s largest and most important art collections, the Walker Art Gallery is a must when visiting Liverpool.
The collection includes renaissance masterpieces, Tudor portraits, Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite, and contemporary art.
Liverpool’s Tate Gallery is situated in the historic Royal Albert Dock complex. The modern and contemporary pieces of British and international art challenge and broaden our understanding of art.
The Tate Gallery is accessible to wheelchair users and has five wheelchairs for hire.
The Bluecoat, Liverpool’s oldest city-centre building, is 300 years old and Grade 1 listed. It’s ironic when you think it’s home to some cutting-edge designers and is Liverpool’s centre for contemporary arts.
The old wing of the building has limited access; however, the new wing is fully accessible.
After reading rave reviews, I decided to include RIBA North. RIBA North is the Royal Institute of British Architects National Architecture Centre.
A bit specialist for some, but a hit with the public and professionals alike. Opened in 2017, RIBA North is accessible to wheelchair users.
Victoria Gallery and Museum
The University of Liverpool runs the Victoria Gallery and Museum. Here’s what they say about the gallery and museum: “We aim to amaze and amuse, where else would you find the world’s most important display of false teeth under the same roof as an exhibition of fine art?”.
Open Eye Gallery
You’ll love the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool if you love photography. Using the power of photography, Open Eye explores the world as we see it.
It challenges our perceptions and celebrates diversity and creativity. The gallery is accessible to wheelchairs and has internal ramps and a platform lift.
Theatres in Liverpool
M&S Bank Arena
M&S Bank Arena is a purpose-built concert venue. Opened in 2008 to coincide with Liverpool’s “Capital of Culture” year, it’s where all the big names perform when they come to town.
If you fancy seeing your favourite artist in a fully accessible concert venue, the M&S Bank Arena is the place to do it.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Home to the world-famous Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic Hall is a must if you’re a classical music fan.
The Grade 2 listed building is surprisingly accessible, and the Philharmonic organization strives to make the building and performances as accessible as possible.
Liverpool Empire Theatre
With a long, often turbulent history, Liverpool Empire Theatre is the venue to see the best stage productions.
An authentic theatre, “The Empire”, known locally, is a prime example of what a theatre should be. And, despite its age, it’s generally accessible to wheelchair users.
Liverpool Playhouse Theatre
Liverpool Playhouse is a must for an intimate night out at the theatre. The Playhouse Theatre is a Grade 2 listed building with a 20th-century twist.
Despite the age of the building, the theatre strives to be as accessible as possible. I’ve had some great nights watching Shakespeare in the Playhouse, and it’s such a homely theatre.
Liverpool Everyman Theatre
Having undergone extensive renovations, the Everyman Theatre has launched the careers of some of Britain’s best-known talent.
The Everyman is more than a theatre; it’s a hub for creativity. It’s a space to push the boundaries, it’s quirky, and we Scousers love it.
Royal Court Theatre
The Royal Court holds fond memories. Believe it or not, I saw and met Paul McCartney and Wings at a private concert in the Royal Court (we went to the same school).
Another Liverpool theatre with a turbulent past is the Royal Court. It’s risen like a phoenix to become more than a theatre and an entertainment giant in Liverpool.
The Unity Theatre in Liverpool describes itself as “behaving radically onstage since the 1930s” how cool is that.
I can’t say I have ever been to the unity theatre, so it’s on The Bimbler’s to-do list. I also love that they have done much to ensure the Unity Theatre is accessible to all.
Days Out at the Beach Near Liverpool
When the excitement of Liverpool is getting too much, maybe it’s time to head for the beach.
The nearest beach is Crosby, also home to Antony Gormley’s 100 Iron Men. The beach is not accessible in a wheelchair, but you can have a nice walk along the promenade.
Access: Crosby Beach is not accessible in a wheelchair. Also, beware of sinking sand on the beach.
If you take the Ferry across the Mersey, you can take a nice stroll/roll along to New Brighton.
It’s about a 4-mile round trip. You can drive or take the train if you don’t fancy the walk. Again, New Brighton beach is not accessible in a wheelchair, but you can still have a great day out without venturing down onto the sand.
Access: There is no specific disabled access information for New Brighton. Once you’re on the seafront, it’s flat.
We can’t forget Southport. It’s a train ride away or a 30-minute drive, but it’s worth the effort.
The Victorian seaside town has maintained its character and charm up the coast of Liverpool. The beach isn’t accessible in a wheelchair, although you can drive onto the beach at low tide. You can still enjoy a pleasant stroll/roll along the coast road and around Southport town centre.
Access: No specific access information. There is an accessibility statement for events.