Getting out and about is important for our mental health and quality of life. Here in the UK, we have so many opportunities for inspiring days out, with beautiful countryside, vibrant towns and cities, and a vast choice of cultural and historical attractions to visit.
However, for those with restricted mobility, a day out takes a lot of careful planning and preparation. You may need to check in advance if there are disabled parking facilities, wheelchair accessible venues or routes, accessible toilets, rest seats, or mobility scooters for hire.
Fortunately, the UK is blessed with many venues and attractions that have made a big effort to accommodate the needs of disabled people, ensuring that they are rewarding and enjoyable places to visit. Here are a few suggestions.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Take a trip back in time on this heritage line, where you can ride a steam train or a vintage diesel train and enjoy the 24-mile journey from Pickering Station to Whitby. The route affords picturesque views of the rolling North York Moors National Park.
There is designated disabled parking at Pickering Station, and step-free access to the gift shop, information point, and ticket issuing point. There are also wheelchair accessible toilets and a cafeteria, and staff on hand who have undertaken disability access training.
British Motor Museum, Warwickshire
The British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire, is a real treat for vintage automotive fans. It holds the world’s largest collection of historic British motor cars in a purpose-built Art Deco style building. There are over 400 cars on display with fascinating background detail about their journey from the drawing board to rolling off the production line.
Most of the main displays are located on one floor with lift access to the upper storey. There is a full calendar of events and displays held throughout the year, and something for enthusiasts and more general visitors alike. The venue offers full step-free access, with disabled toilets, wide doorways to accommodate wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
Eden Project, Cornwall
The acclaimed Eden Project in the beautiful Cornish countryside is a fascinating opportunity to take in tropical rainforests, exotic plant species, sensory gardens and much more in an accessible venue.
There are disabled parking and toilet facilities, free admission for carers, and wheelchairs available for hire. There is also a free voluntary assistance service if you require extra help to get around the venue.
If you fancy taking in a West End show, Access London Theatre recommends that you contact the theatre box office directly for more information about booking access tickets.
As well as offering a guide to wheelchair friendly venues, there are a range of options for audio described performances, captioned performances, socially distanced performances, BSL interpreted performances, and relaxed and chilled performances for people on the autism spectrum.
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