Monday, 5 September 2016

#TravelForAll // Some ideas for wheelchair and buggy friendly days out in the UK

As a family, we love making memories by spending our days off together going out, finding new attractions and outdoor spaces to explore and of course, going on holiday together! 

Miss E no longer needs a buggy when we go out but the two years she did use one, finding pushchair friendly days out sometimes proved to be quite a challenge. Accessibility is one of those things you don't really think about until you find yourself in a particular situation that requires it.

I remember a time on holiday where we had paid to enter a family friendly attraction only to find the venue inside had no ramps, lifts or accessible walkways. Carrying a pushchair up and down steep stairs was exhausting and really ruined our visiting experience. Obviously, manoeuvring a wheelchair around an attraction like this would have been completely out of the question too. Not good at all!

Accessible travel is something that is thankfully becoming more and more common though, and rightfully so!

Mobility Nationwide are a company that provide high quality, fully accessible vehicles to people all across the UK. They are currently running a super campaign highlighting the importance of making travel available and accessible for all, promoting some of the best destinations in our country for wheelchair accessibility.
With this in mind, a super infographic has been put together detailing some of these places.... a lovely bit of inspiration for your next family day out if you are searching for easy travel access for all, no matter what your circumstances!

Such a variety of places to visit.... some surprising ones too, who would have thought a mountain could be wheelchair friendly?! Here are a few of my favourite accessible days out too...

Folly Farm // Pembrokeshire, Wales (link)
I've written about Folly Farm in Wales quite a few times before, it's a perfect family day out if you're ever in the area! I'm pleased to see how accessible they are too. There are plenty of disabled parking spaces near the entrance, the whole attraction is fairly easy going and everything from their animal experiences to the famous big wheel ride can accommodate wheelchair users.

Blackpool Tower // Lancashire, England (link)
One of the UK's most iconic attractions, this place needs no introduction! The tower can accommodate all guests with a disability. Facilities include lift access to all floors, toilets with disabled access (including a Changing Places toilet) and wheelchairs are also available to hire.

Crich Tramway Village // Derbyshire, England (link)
Such a wonderful and unique day out, we love it at Crich as not only are they fully accessible but they are dog friendly too.... perfect for a family like us! Crich offer access ramps or lifts to all their visitor facilities. Wheelchairs are available to hire and a "smoothway" is offered as an alternative to cobbles... great for both pushchairs and wheelchairs!

Have you found any accessible attractions or days out that you'd like to share? Let me know in a comment below!

1 comment

  1. An interesting post about the importance of access in the tourism industry, thank you.