Organising trips can always be stressful when you or somebody that you are travelling with is in a wheelchair. Not everywhere in the UK is particularly wheelchair friendly, so it is important to do your research and plan ahead so that the trip can be successful, valuable and stress-free. Fortunately, there are many wheelchair accessible places around the UK which make for an excellent day out.
Here are a few of the most wheelchair friendly places around:
Unsurprisingly, the capital is one of the best places if you or somebody you are travelling with is in a wheelchair. It can be stressful with so many people around, but London is highly accessible and many of the major attractions are easily accessed in a wheelchair. This includes London Zoo, the British Museum, the Science Museum and Tower Bridge. It might be difficult to use the underground, so you could consider driving in a wheelchair accessible vehicle. This can take the stress out of travel and make it easier to reach your destination.
Brighton is one of the UK’s most progressive and forward-thinking cities, which also means that a lot of work has gone into making it more accessible. Although the sea front is not accessible, the Pier is and a handful of other major attractions – these include the Sea Life centre, the Lanes and Brighton Dome (a Grade 1 listed building).
Despite the hilly location and Old Town, Edinburgh is surprisingly accessible and a great place to visit for wheelchair users. The majority of the city can be easily accessed, and even Edinburgh Castle which looms over the city. This fortress has a lift and courtesy vehicle for those that struggle with cobbled approaches. The Royal Yacht Britannia is also highly accessible and TripAdvisor’s number 1 UK tourist attraction.
Manchester is one of the most popular cities, so steps have been taken to make this as accessible as possible. It features wheelchair accessible public transportation and the majority of shops, restaurants and other places of interest can be easily accessed by a wheelchair user.
Organising travel can be hugely stressful if you or somebody that you are travelling with requires the use of a wheelchair, but fortunately, things are improving. The above cities are all pioneering when it comes to accessibility and navigating these cities can be simple and straightforward. This includes the majority of their tourist attractions, so it should prove to be a fun, safe and valuable trip for all.