With lockdown restrictions lifting and places opening up again, days outs can commence and there is an abundance of excitement in the air. However, for those with a disability, this can bring nerves and anxiety surrounding accessibility. Traveller Chair aims to remove this anxiety and provide newfound freedom and independence to those with limited mobility. Our lightweight, portable wheelchair can be kept on you at all times, meaning you won’t have to wait around for a rental or rely on staff to help. The handy storage compartment also means you can easily store your belongings and enjoy your day pretty hands free. 

Millions of people in the UK have a disability yet many tourist attractions are still not accessible. This can cause individuals and families to walk away feeling worthless and excluded. After endless campaigning, change is in motion and popular destinations are adapting. We have done the research for you and found the best accessible tourist attractions in the UK for you to visit this summer.

ZSL London Zoo

As one of London’s biggest, most popular attractions, it is great to see inclusivity and accessibility at London Zoo. They have plenty of measures in place to ensure everyone can enjoy the wide range of animals and wildlife there is to see.  

These include;

  • Disabled parking 
  • Wheelchair hire 
  • Mobility scooter hire 
  • Access facilities (for conferences and functions) 
  • Accessible toilets 
  • Assistance dogs allowed (with supporting documentation) 

London Zoo is committed to always improving the experience of their visitors and meeting their needs. 

Cadbury World, Birmingham

Cadbury World offers a family day out filled with fun (and chocolate!). You will need to contact them in advance if you have any specific requirements or will be bringing or hiring a wheelchair. They also offer a free ticket to the carer of a guest with a disability. (supporting documentation will need to be shown).

Further accessibility at Cadbury World includes; 

  • Provided wristbands – to help staff support you wherever they can.
  • Disabled parking 
  • Wheelchair hire
  • Wheelchair access on selected rides, rooms and shows
  • Low level service desks 
  • Visual and hearing aids for those with impairments 
  • DDA-compliant handrails 
  • Ground markings where there are level changes or steps. 

Cadbury World has many sensory and interactive elements therefore support and guidance is also provided for adults and children with learning disabilities. 

Life Science Centre, Newcastle 

The Life Science Centre in Newcastle aims to encourage people to explore the role science plays in their everyday life, welcoming schools and the public through its doors daily. It is also a pioneer in scientific development with groundbreaking research into regenerative medicine and genetics taking place here. 

There are various measures in place to create accessibility at Life. These include;

  • Wheelchair hire 
  • Level access (with lifts to all floors)
  • Fully accessible car park close by 
  • Disabled toilets on all floors

You will need to inform the Life Science Centre before your visit of any specific requirements. Also, carers of disabled visitors are admitted free of charge. 

Chill Factore, Manchester 

The Chill Factore is a snow centre in Manchester and home to Disability Snowsport UK, a charity that provides accessible skiing for those with a disability. Using specialist equipment and qualified instructors, the snow centre caters for those with minor to extremely limiting disabilities, allowing them to experience the joy of skiing like everyone else. For this reason, accessibility at Chill Factore is to a high standard to ensure there are no limitations for visitors of any ability. 

Measures in place; 

  • Adaptable equipment 
  • Mostly ground level (lifts to first floor)
  • Accessible toilets 
  • Large print information 

Brighton i360

The British Airways i360 in Brighton provides incredible views of the beautiful seaside destination from a 162m high viewing tower. This may not sound like the most disability-friendly tourist attraction, however, it is completely wheelchair accessible with a fully enclosed, spacious viewing pod. 

Accessibility measures at Brighton i360 include;

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Companion or carer free of charge
  • Disabled parking 
  • Lift access (suitable for wheelchair use)
  • Accessible toilet on all levels 
  • Assistance dogs are permitted 

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland 

Edinburgh Castle is a stunning piece of history, located in the heart of Scotland’s capital city. The surprisingly accessible tourist attraction provides support right from the entrance with a courtesy mobility vehicle available to help those with limited mobility get over the cobbled stones. 

Other accessibility measures at Edinburgh Castle include;

  • Wheelchair access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Free entry for carers 
  • A wide, smooth tarmac path upon entrance 
  • Assistance dogs allowed 

Remember to always do your research beforehand, let the venue know if you have any special requirements and have fun whilst you’re there! Explore the many features and benefits of Traveller Chair to learn how it could assist you at these exciting accessible tourist attractions.