As an able-bodied traveller, I am lucky, I don't have to worry about accessibility when I am out and about on my travels but some people aren't so lucky. If you do have a disability which means you are wheelchair bound you do have to consider how easy it is to get to the tourist destination, including the parking facilities for wheelchair accessible vehicles, whether the destination has places to eat and shop with aisles wide enough for a wheelchair to get through and whether toilet facilities have handrails and wide enough doors to get,
The UK leads the way in equal opportunities and diversity and tourism businesses have obligations under the Equality Act 2010. This means that service providers must think ahead and take “reasonable” steps to address barriers that impede disabled people. When you think that 12billion is spent every year in England on a trip where a member of the party has an impairment, according to Visit Britain, you can see what an important issue this is.
Historic buildings do have restrictions though, and making sympathetic alterations can be a challenge, within the listed building status, but as you can see from the infographic below, places that you wouldn't think would be accessible really are. Did you know for example that St Paul's cathedral has a new lift enabling wheelchair users to access the upper crypt and that Edinburgh castle has it's own mobility vehicle to show those with accessibility difficulties around the fortress? You can even scale Schiehallion mountain in Scotland
Local to me, St Fagan's, the museum of Welsh life, has ramps almost everywhere, dedicated disabled car parking, and a motorised Disabled Tour Vehicle (DTV) to transport visitors around the site. Whilst the Science Museum in London is fully wheelchair accessible and disabled visitors receive concessionary prices for the IMAX 3D cinema – with support workers admitted for free.
Are there any places you go to, or visit regularly that are particularly accessible for those with mobility problems? Let me know.