The Anonymous Widower

A Good Day Out In A Wheelchair

I have a friend, who is not the best on her feet. As she was in London on business and wanted to see Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain and I have a Membership at the Tate, which allows me to take a guest into any of the exhibitions at any time, I took her to see the pictures.

We arrived at Tate Britain in a taxi at the side entrance and in the entrance one of the staff indicated we could use the wheelchair in the entrance hall.

Judging by the number of similar chairs, I saw, it wasn’t the only one, but possibly the last one yesterday at that time.

So I pushed my friend around the exhibition, which because it was timed entry, although not for Members, wasn’t that busy.

I’d never pushed a good wheelchair before and it was surprisingly easy.

But what surprised me, was the helpfulness of Tate staff, who a couple of times cleared a way through the crowds, so I could push my friend through.

We were even able to use the Members Room, where I got another surprise. They now do gluten-free sandwiches and egg was on the menu! So I indulged!

At the end of the visit, we walked to the front of the Tate, where there were at least four waiting taxis, one of which took us to my friend’s hotel.

By the end of the day, the designer in me, was saying that had all been well thought out.

I wonder if other museums and galleries are so disabled-friendly.

March 16, 2017 - Posted by | World | , , ,


  1. […] my experience recently, that I wrote about in A Good Day Out In A Wheelchair, some form of wheelchair or mobility scooter hire at the station might be in […]

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  2. It varies, some are fantastic, some are hopeless. Tourist places are generally better than shops – M&S is always a total nightmare. My (newly refurbished) church is also a nightmare. If i went during the week when no service was being held I would be unable to get in and out because I couldn’t get my scooter up to the buttons I need to push to open the automatic doors.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | March 19, 2017 | Reply

  3. Obviously, they couldn’t afford the same designer as the Tate.

    Floors are hard wood and as level as you can get.

    There are helpers and guides is most lobbies.

    Life buttons are normal height.

    Comment by AnonW | March 19, 2017 | Reply

  4. I have reversed out of many lifts in M&S and found myself in a clothes rail! And if you go into a grouping of rails, you often can’t get out. My scooter is pretty nippy so not too bad, but the ones they have in the store are a total nightmare!

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | March 21, 2017 | Reply

  5. The only problem we had in The Tate was in the shop.

    Comment by AnonW | March 21, 2017 | Reply

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