July 20, 2017 at 6:36 PM
With summer truly here and the long school holidays just around the corner, there is no shortage of websites and magazines offering ideas for great days out with the family.
For anyone with a disability, it can prove arduous to plough through the lists and work out which ones represent a viable option when it comes to accessibility. Fortunately, the tourist boards of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales have finally managed to put their heads together and compile a list of accessible tourist attractions.
Which ones will make it onto your shortlist this summer?
The Science Museum, London
Provides full wheelchair access, and caters for the blind, partially sighted and deaf and free entry for support workers.
Cadbury World, Birmingham
A large print guide is available, and it has concessions for visitors with disabilities, audio tours and subtitles on video presentations. Wheelchairs are available, and the Cadabra ride includes one specially modified mobile car with wheelchair access.
The Chill Factorᵉ, Manchester
This attraction is home to Disability Snowsport UK, it offers adaptive skiing for the disabled and is fully wheelchair accessible.
The National Children’s Museum, Halifax
It offers a free service that meets the needs of groups with a disabled child. It caters well for those with all sensory impairments.
Curve Theatre, Leicester
Lifts provide wheelchair access throughout. Many performances include sign language interpreters. The venue provides ample disabled parking, induction loops and low counters.
St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff
The museum has excellent facilities for visitors with learning difficulties or sensory impairments and provides a motorised disabled tour vehicle to get all around the site.
Caernarfon Castle, North Wales
The site features a purpose-built ramp to allow wheelchair access throughout the inner wards. There is no entry fee for disabled visitors and their caregivers.
Clwyd Special Riding Centre, Wrexham
The centre provides riding and equestrian pursuits to those with all manner of special needs and attracts disabled visitors from all over Europe.
The attraction provides crazy adventure and daredevil activities that can be tailored to anyone, including those with sensory impairments and limited mobility.
Red Kite Spotting, Cambrian Mountains
Many of the waymarked walks have been specifically built for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility in mind.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh
The gardens provide scooters and wheelchairs for visitors who need them. The reception spaces feature low counters and magnifying glasses.
Riverside Museum, Glasgow
The museum is fully wheelchair accessible, with large electronic touch-screens and audio tours available.
Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh
The site is fully wheelchair accessible throughout and has very cooperative staff.
Culzean Castle and Country Park, Maybole
The site has good wheelchair access, and motorised scooters are available (advance booking required). Room guides are available in large print, and the auditorium has an induction loop.
Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow
The staff are trained in British Sign Language, and the entire facility is designed with wheelchair access in mind.
The site provides excellent wheelchair access, along with induction loop systems on all audio presentations.
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Almost all the facility is laid out to provide the best wheelchair access. Free personalised guided tours for those with sensory disabilities are available (advance booking required).
Grand Opera House, Belfast
The opera house has good wheelchair access and extremely helpful, cooperative staff.
Giant’s Causeway, Portrush
Disability Action took an active role in designing the visitor centre, and it shows. The site has excellent access, hearing loops and an interpretation area for the visually impaired or those in wheelchairs.
The MAC, Belfast
The attraction has accessible seating, top-notch wheelchair access, captioned performances for the deaf, audio described performances and touch tours. Watch for the MAC Navigators in their brightly coloured T-shirts, who are always happy to help.