Accessible days out
Our desire to travel and explore doesn’t diminish as we age, but if mobility is limited it can be more difficult to visit the country’s most popular attractions.
The good news is, there are plenty of great venues to choose from for an accessible day out – more and more of the country’s leading tourist attractions are offering facilities for impaired mobility, meaning if you struggle to walk long distances or rely on a scooter or wheelchair to get around you can still experience all a venue has to offer.
Here are a few of our favourite accessible attractions to explore.
Blenheim Palace – Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Blenheim Palace is one of the most stunning historic homes in the country and a designated World Heritage Site since 1987. The sprawling palace is an excellent example of 18th century Baroque architecture and is surrounded by 2000 acres of garden and parklands, making Blenheim an excellent attraction for all seasons. On site there is assisted and non-assisted wheelchair access, plus accessible toilets and car park for any visitors who have impaired mobility. Guide dogs are also welcome on site. Plan your visit and find more information from the website.
Chatsworth House – Bakewell, Derbyshire
Fans of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice may recognise Chatsworth House as the home of Mr Darcy in the 2005 adaptation starring Keira Knightley. The stunning home and grounds have plenty to entertain; inside, an invaluable art collection has been drawing visitors from around the world for more than 60 years. Outside, family attractions like the Farmyard and Adventure Playground make Chatsworth a worthwhile visit for all ages. Visitors with limited mobility can benefit from assisted and non-assisted wheelchair access, in addition to further facilities for the mobility impaired, accessible toilets and an accessible car park. There is a hearing loop for visitors hard of hearing as well as access for guide dogs for the visually impaired. Plan your visit and find more information from the website.
The Cabinet War Rooms – London
Deep beneath Whitehall the Cabinet War Rooms offer a fascinating insight into World War II. The underground rooms were the headquarters of Winston Churchill and his staff during the war and are a time capsule of this important time in history; when the war ended, staff turned off the lights and left the rooms for the last time, preserving a perfect record of what went on there from 1939 to 1945, along with a new museum exploring the life of the formidable leader Winston Churchill. On site there is assisted and non-assisted wheelchair access along with other facilities for the mobility impaired. Accessible toilets are also available, along with hearing loop for hearing impaired visitors. Guide dogs are also welcome. Plan your visit and find more information from the website.
Portmeirion – Gwynedd, Wales
Find a slice of Italy in the heart of Wales in the charming village of Portmeirion. The Italian architecture and colourful bright buildings are beautifully contrasted by the lush gardens and landscapes that surround. Visitors may recognise Portmeirion – it was the home of the cult TV series The Prisoner. On site there is assisted and non-assisted wheelchair access, plus accessible toilets, accessible car park and further facilities for the mobility impaired. Guide dogs are also welcome for the visually impaired. Plan your visit and find more information from the website.
The Scottish Seabird Centre – North Berwick
Named the BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Nature Reserve of the Year for the second year running, the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick offers a great day out appreciating nature without being too exposed to the elements. The centre is dedicated to the appreciation, conservation and education of marine wildlife overlooking the Firth of Forth and the sandy beaches of North Berwick – visitors can go on boat tours or explore the exhibitions in the indoor Discovery Centre and take advantage of remote controlled cameras to see wildlife in its natural habitat on the iconic Bass Rock. On site there is assisted and non-assisted wheelchair access, plus additional facilities for the mobility impaired, rest seats and accessible toilets and car park. There is also hearing loop for the hearing impaired and guide dogs are permitted in the centre. Plan your visit and find more information from the website.
Where are your favourite destinations for accessible days out?
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