20 most accessible tourist attractions
6th December 2014
A collaboration of tourist boards from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have announced Britain’s most accessible tourist attractions.
Five in each country have been chosen for catering for disabled or elderly travellers to a high standard, with the addition of facilities such as deaf-led tours, adapted cars on rides, sensory exhibitions and simple mobility aids such as ramps and disabled stairlifts.
Here are four of the attractions that have been named in the top 20:
Science Museum, London
As one of London’s most visited tourist attractions, the Science Museum in London has made a large effort to ensure that it is accessible for disabled visitors. The free attraction has been modified in order to make the museum completely wheelchair accessible and there is also a discount available at the IMAX 3D cinema, with support workers admitted for free.
St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff
Disabled and elderly visitors to this 16th century manor house will be able to enjoy this attraction just like anyone else. By providing a motorised Disabled Tour Vehicle, those with mobility difficulties can provide access to nearly all the buildings on the estate, with ramps for wheelchair users in place too.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh
Disabled visitors are welcomed at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh and are well catered for, with special scooters and wheelchairs available. Seating is also provided at regular intervals throughout the beautiful gardens, and those who require the assistance of guide dogs will find water points throughout.
Giant’s Causeway, Portrush
As the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland, Giant’s Causeway is often a top priority on the itineraries of many visiting the country. This doesn’t have to exclude the disabled or elderly, as the new visitor centre was designed with help from Disability Action, as well as a number of other access organisations. Wheelchair users will find a fully accessible clifftop path, while those with hearing impairments are provided with hearing loops.
For more accessible attractions in the UK, take a look at our guide to accessible days out.
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