Living with limited mobility should not restrict us from getting out and about and enjoying time with our family and friends. There are many great accessible attractions in the UK and businesses that cater well for visitors with limited mobility and/or disabilities are able to tap into a market of 11 million people and their families, with a spending power of over £200 billion! For information about a Mobility battery, visit http://grovesbatteries.co.uk/Mobility.aspx Here are some of the best visitor attractions for those who need greater accessibility:
Science Museum, London
This venue caters well for disabilities with material available in large print and braille. There are events held for deaf audiences and audio-described events for partially sighted guests. The museum has specially trained staff, the building is fully wheelchair accessible and there are concessionary prices for the IMAX 3D cinema, with carers admitted free of charge.
Curve Theatre, Leicester
There are access levels throughout the building and lifts to all floors with a wheelchair lift available backstage. There are some performances put on that incorporate British sign language, audio-description and on-screen captions. Disabled visitors can get a free ticket for their carer and the whole layout of the theatre has been designed keeping limited mobility in mind. You’ll find extra disabled parking, induction loops and low counters.
Caernarfon Castle, Wales
Medieval castles are not known for their accessibility but a good job has been done to make this fortress a bit more welcoming. Thanks to a local access group, there is now a ramp allowing wheelchair users to gain access to the inner wards. Visitors with disabilities are welcome free of charge, along with their carers.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh
The gardens have made a real effort to ensure absolutely everyone enjoys their visit here. Special scooters are available, as are wheelchairs – so there’s no need to unpack yours from the car. Seating is provided at regular intervals throughout the site and watering points for assistance dogs. All inside areas feature lowered counters.
The paved plaza surrounding this building makes life easy for those with limited mobility. As this is a fairly new attraction, the original design has included features to make the building accessible for wheelchairs and scooters. There are integrated loop systems for all visitors who are hearing impaired and regular seating areas throughout.
Giant’s Causeway, Portrush
There is a new visitor centre here that has been designed to be wheelchair friendly with the help of Disability Action and other access organisations. There are hearing loops, an interpretation area for the visually impaired and a fully accessible clifftop path.
Cadbury World, Birmingham
Who wouldn’t want to immerse themselves in a world of chocolate? Concessions are also available here for those with disabilities and large print guides are on offer. Throughout the different stages of the tour, the visually impaired are offered the opportunity to feel and touch key props in the exhibition. Cadbury also offer audio tours and subtitles on presentations. The site is fully accessible and the Cadabra ride has a special mobile car fitted which can accommodate one wheelchair and a carer.