Nowadays travelling with disabilities is increasingly easier and more affordable than before, as staff become more accommodating. With recent legal changes meaning that new buildings and public transport stations must meet accessibility standards in London and elsewhere, the best is yet to come. If you are looking to do a road trip of some of Britain’s best spots, here’s a quick guide.
Glasgow’s Riverside Museum is incredibly atmospheric and the curators work hard to bring the collections they hold to life. Focusing on different modes of transport, the objects feature some of the best recognised and unusual vehicles made, many of which have interactive aspects to make the experience come to life. The museum is fully accessible to wheelchair users, and deaf people, so everyone can enjoy their visit.
Situated in North Yorkshire, the city of York is absolutely steeped in history. From the Jorvik Viking Centre to the medieval Minster to the Victorian streets, there is plenty to see and do for aspiring historians. While many of the buildings are extremely old, there has been a great deal of effort to make the city centre as accessible as possible, with nearly all of the tourist attractions including York’s Chocolate Story and Castle wheelchair accessible – a quick phone call ahead of time works wonders, so the staff can prepare to help your mobility requirements.
Strand and South Bank, London
Full of tourist fodder, it’s difficult to narrow down some of the best visiting spots in London. The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben feel like something out of a film, and when you’ve finished looking you can cross the Millennium Bridge to the Southbank centre to visit the food markets, book stalls, BFI library (and secret bar), or check out the shows and art exhibitions on at the Festival Hall. For information on travelling around London, check their accessibility information.
Petworth House, Sussex
While National Trust sites do charge a small entry fee, they really go the extra mile with their disabled facilities to make your visit as fuss-free as possible. Petworth House is a beautiful 17th Century manor in Sussex, set right in the middle of stunning 700-acre grounds, with gardens famously designed by ‘Capability’ Brown. The focal point here is the huge collection of classic art, including works by Turner and Blake.