The UK is rapidly waking up to the needs of disabled people in all walks of life. Businesses now routinely offer aids for the visually or hearing impaired, wheelchair access is now the norm in the overwhelming majority of buildings and public transport now puts more people than ever in reach of a great day out.
Take a look at these trips you can take with friends or family, without worrying about disability getting in the way of the fun…
Billing itself as the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum in London hosts a world-class collection of technological, medical and technical artefacts from all over the world. It’s also one of four members of the Science Museum Group, alongside the National Railway Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, and the National Media Museum.
As well as being fully accessible to those with visual and hearing impairments, the Museum is fully wheelchair accessible, even going as far as offering special discount prices on tickets to their IMAX 3D cinema. Speaking of which, support workers get in free.
If museums aren’t your bag, why not try something a little more adventurous. Skiing maybe? Disability Snowsport UK is a charity which provides the opportunity for disabled people to get involved on the piste, no matter their mobility status. They do this at Chill Factore in Manchester.
Even if your mobility is very limited, their special adaptive equipment, coupled with support from expert instructors means it’s almost certain you’ll be catered for. Of course, all the facilities on-site are fully accessible, including the restaurant, bar and conference facilities.
The only fully-interactive museum for children in the UK, Eureka! is perfect for kids aged up to 11, and boats over 400 hands-on exhibits which help inspire them to learn more about the world. It’s all split into six themed galleries, with special events throughout the year.
They’re totally committed to welcoming kids with disabilities. As well as the whole place being fully accessible, you can get in touch with the museum and organise a group outing where a member of the Eureka! team will help you plan the trip and look after you while you’re there. This extra service is absolutely free.
Wales’ most popular heritage attraction, St Fagans has been operating since 1948, part of the gorgeous grounds of St Fagans Castle and gardens. You can visit more than 40 historical buildings which have been faithfully rebuilt over the years and take part in regular hands-on activities.
As well as ample access and parking for wheelchair users, St Fagans offers a disabled tour vehicle which can transport visitors around and of the site’s attractions, and let them take part in traditional crafts.
Heading out to the wilds might not be the most obvious choice for a wheelchair-friendly day out, but Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre, near Aberystwyth will surprise you with just how much there is to do. It’s one of the most popular woodland locales in Wales, and one of the country’s best places to go spotting red kites, all set against the beautiful view of Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains.
Its Barcud Trail, which circles the lake, has been designed with wheelchair use in mind. It’s never more than a 10% gradient, with regular resting bays on uphill sections, allowing you to enjoy some incredible scenery. You can also enjoy a trip on the Vale of Rheidol railway, taken via a traditional narrow-gauge steam train.
Singlewell is proud to help the disabled community maximise their quality of life by providing quality, affordable wheelchair-accessible vehicles and adapted cars in Gravesend, Kent. If you’re looking for a wheelchair-adapted vehicle to take you on your next adventure, contact us and discover the motor that’s right for you.
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