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Interactive Map: Around the world in accessible attractions

4th October 2016

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

 

There is no better feeling than planning a holiday. But if you have mobility difficulties, there are extra things for you to consider, such as the accessibility of attractions.

From the comfort of your riser recliner chair, our interactive map will help you explore a world full of choice for your next adventure. Take a look below: 

 

If you are thinking of taking a trip, either closer to home or to a long-haul destination, there are many travel agents who cater specifically for older people. If you are struggling to find inspiration for your next adventure, the best destinations for older holidaymakers may give you the answer you are looking for, whatever your holiday intentions. 

London eye

Manual and motorised wheelchairs are allowed with a maximum of 37 inches in width. Disability documentation is required upon your arrival and tickets can be booked here: accessiblebooking@londoneye.com

Accessibility rating: 3 Stars 

Imperial war museum

Floor-plan accessibility for wheelchair and mobility scooter users can be found on their website. Step-free access to the museum is available through the west-entrance and is only a short way from the front of the building, to the right.

Accessibility rating: 4.5 Stars 

Tate Modern

There are several entrances for disabled access and there are ten wheelchairs and two electric scooters available for hire. There are five different entrances to the Tate Modern gallery.

  • Turbine Hall entrance on Holland Street, with ramp access to level 0, a staircase with a handrail and from the top of here there is an escalator, lift and stair case to all levels.

Accessibility rating: 3.5 Stars 

National Trust

There are so many great National Trust sites to visit around the UK. It is advised that you contact the National Trust directly when preparing your trip in terms of accessibility.

Accessibility rating: (Dependent on location)   

Stonehenge

Don’t miss out on your chance to see one of the wonders of the UK and internationally. Accessibility to the site is easy for those with reduced mobility. The facilities at Stonehenge have been designed to cater for all levels of mobility and the English Heritage site has a Disabled Visitors Video you can watch before you visit, for your peace of mind.

Accessibility rating: 4 Stars 

Palace of Versailles

The stunning palace in France is definitely a building not to be missed on your trip to the country. The Hall of Mirrors is the highlight of the tour, where golden walls are lined with mirrors. Access to the Palace requires individuals to cross 200m of cobbled stones, between the front gate and entrance to the building. However, if you are arriving by taxi you can tell the guard that you have limited mobility and you can be dropped off at the entrance.

Accessibility rating: 3 Stars 

Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris, which has been the background to many famous films, is a fine example of French Gothic architecture and has accessible facilities for all guests. Accessibility to the cathedral is good, however there is no elevator to visit the bell tower. There is one small step from the path to the entrance of the cathedral, but there are no remaining steps inside the building.

Accessibility rating: 3.5 Stars 

Sagrada Familia

Although still in the construction process, the Sagrada Familia is building up to be one of the most stunning buildings in Europe. The Catholic cathedral is a masterpiece and is striving towards even better accessibility for individuals. There are wheelchair accessible ramps throughout the path for visitors, however, the elevator isn’t wheelchair-friendly. Adapted toilet facilities are located near the entrance of the building.

Accessibility rating: 3 Stars 

Rome Colosseum

The Rome Colosseum represents the history and culture of Italy. The beautiful structure is visited by thousands every year, many of whom make use of the accessibility features that have been built safely into the ancient remains. There is a step-free entrance, an elevator to the upper-level and a smooth floor throughout the site, perfect for wheelchair users.

Accessibility rating: 3 Stars 

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Hidden within one of the three capital cities of South Africa, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a delight in the heart of the city. The stunning surroundings are met with great accessibility for everyone, with three wheelchair friendly ramps, however there are some pretty steep parts of the area in relation to the location of Kirstenbosch Gardens – the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.

Accessibility rating: 4.5 Stars 

Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is the jewel of Dubai and is an example of 21st century contemporary architecture. With a lift that goes to all floors, why not take the vertical flight to one of the most prized views in the world? Luckily, the magnificent structure is very accessible to all and caters for those who also require wheelchair access. Whether you would like to go straight to the top, or stick to a lower level, the views you will experience will be some of the best you’ll ever see.

Accessibility rating: 4 Stars 

Terracotta Warriors

Alongside the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warrior Army is a site that is not to be missed when travelling to the country. However, accessibility to the archaeological site is better than the Great Wall, giving you a taste of the country’s historical past. There is only access to the front pit, but this is where most of the warriors are, so you won’t miss out on seeing the army in all of its glory.

Accessibility rating: 4 Stars 

Petronas Twin Towers

Even though the Petronas Twin Towers aren’t the most talked about accessible attraction in the world, it sure is one of the best to explore if you find yourself travelling to the magnificent country of Malaysia. As well as the gorgeous paradise-like beaches, Malaysia is investing its time in growing its presence on the world stage for architectural design, and the Petronas Twin Towers are a fine example of this.

Accessibility rating: 3.5 Stars 

Sydney Opera House

Set for a multi-million pound refurbishment in 2017, the Sydney Opera House will be upgrading its accessibility features so visitors can enjoy performances even more. 

Accessibility rating: 3.5 Stars

Accessibility rating (after renovation): 5 Stars 

Golden Gate Park

Being the fifth most visited Public Park in America, there are many accessible paths to explore throughout, giving everyone the chance to see beautiful plants and flowers in the heart of San Francisco. If you are looking for a place to sit and have a picnic with your fellow travellers, then the Golden Gate Park is a perfect choice.

Accessibility rating: 5 Stars 

Universal Studios Hollywood

Many of the rides, shows and attractions that are housed here are designed to comfortably accommodate guests with disabilities and those with reduced mobility. Here you won’t have to miss out on the fun and action to be had by everyone at every age and ability.

Accessibility rating: 4.5 Stars 

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Take a look at the A-list actors who have graced the screens of Hollywood films at the walk of fame. The strip of pavement is smooth and flat, perfect for everyone to take a look and have a picture with the stars.

Accessibility rating: 5 Stars 

Copacabana Beach

Copacabana Beach has been part of the development of Brazil’s culture through recent decades and hosted many events at this year’s Rio Olympic Games. It’s situated amongst beautiful scenery and can be accessed very easily.

Accessibility rating: 5 Stars 

Disney World Orlando, Florida

Disney World Orlando, Florida is the magical land for both children and adults, where dreams come true. The park is of considerable size but is accessible to all, so no one is left out of the fun.

Accessibility rating: 3.5 Stars 

National Air and Space Museum

Take to the skies at the American National Air and Space Museum, where you will find plenty to explore. From war planes to space rockets, there is something for every age to enjoy. There are plenty of accessibility entrances too, as well as lifts to access all floor levels.  

Accessibility rating: 4.5 Stars 

Times Square, NY

Times Square is the place of bright lights and the ultimate shopping experience. However, it can get very crowded and busy throughout the day and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility. If you are using a wheelchair, nearly all of the main shops within Times Square are easily accessible and have lifts where necessary. 

Accessibility rating: 3.5 Stars 

Empire State Building

If Times Square seems too much for individuals using a wheelchair or those with reduced mobility, then why not take the lift up to the top of the Empire State Building? It's the perfect way to get a 360 degree view of the city, anytime of the day.

Accessibility rating: 4 Stars 

Central Park

Central Park is an all-year round delight in the heart of New York. Whether you are visiting in the height of summer or the cold of winter, expect a beautiful background whatever the time of year. Paths are easily accessible throughout, with small bridges connecting parts of the park where necessary.

Accessibility rating: 5 Stars