Posted on 19/07/2021

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Ten Of The Best Places To Visit In England That Are Accessible For Disabled People

England has some spectacular landmarks and attractions, but sometimes they aren't accessible for everyone. If you are disabled, don't feel discouraged as England does have some great places to visit that are easily accessible for everyone. When putting together guides and tips, it is always important to include everyone.

England has some spectacular landmarks and attractions, but sometimes they aren't accessible for everyone. If you are disabled, don't feel discouraged as England does have some great places to visit that are easily accessible for everyone. When putting together guides and tips, it is always important to include everyone.

Eden Project, Southwest England

Eden Project, Southwest England

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The Eden Project is the world's largest indoor rainforest located in Cornwall. The biomes - another word for greenhouse - is home to rare and exotic plant life. The biomes sit in an old clay pit. The Eden Project has received numerous awards, including the Inclusive Tourism Award by Visit England. Indeed they welcome disabled people and offer a number of accommodations such as free entry for carers, manual and powered wheelchairs, a hearing loop system, audio tours and a Braille guide book. Some areas may be difficult for some due to the varying gradients and levels, but there are three that are easily accessible. One of the more popular attractions at the Eden Project is the Rainforest Canopy Walk, which allows guests to experience the tropical climate of a rainforest and is accessible to all, except for the Rope Bridge. They also offer an ice rink that welcomes wheelchairs as well as a zip wire experience.

Croome Court, Central England

Croome Court in Worcestershire was designed by the country's most famous garden designer : Capability Brown, it was his first major commission. Croome Court is maintained by the National Trust and is a perfect example of how the organisation makes places accessible for everyone. The Trust has selected an Equality Specialist and works closely with disabled visitors and activists to make sure that their buildings and properties - as many as possible - are accessible. Thanks to the project, Croome Court offers an adapted shuttle bus service and Braille guides, as well a "stairclimber" which grants access to all three levels for wheelchair users. Throughout the grounds there are hard paths to make it simpler to visit Brown's incredible work.

Life Science Centre, Northeast England

The Life Science Centre is a great educational activity. Situated in Newcastle the centre offers wheelchair access throughout the building, and everyone can enjoy the exhibits such as an in-depth look of our solar system. Furthermore, carers can enter free of charge, the building is laid out in a way that makes access easy and there are lifts to reach the other levels. There are also designated spaces for wheelchairs in the Planetarium Science Theatre. Finally, there are accommodations for those with hearing and visual difficulties such as a hearing loop and printed guides.

The New Forest, Southern England

The New Forest, Southern England

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The New Forest was turned into a royal hunting ground by William the Conqueror some thousand years ago. Located in southern England, the New Forest has gentle landscapes and an abundance of wildlife to observe. Here you will find rare trees, open spaces and the iconic New Forest pony. The Forestry Commission's aim is to make the forest as accessible as possible and thus offers plenty of accommodations such as parking and toilet facilities and accommodations for disabled people.

Bournemouth beaches, Southern England

Everyone loves a good trip to the seaside in England. However, for wheelchair users, it can be difficult finding easy access to them. Bournemouth has put in a lot of effort to make sure their beaches are accessible. Indeed disabled people can use specially adapted beach huts that can welcome up to four wheelchairs. There are charging stations for electric scooters. You can hire multi-terrain wheelchairs to gain easy access to the beach. If you want to admire the magnificent views of Bournemouth, you can take one of three cliff lifts which are also wheelchair friendly. Naturally no good trip to the seaside is complete without a good ol' fish & chips!

The Chill Factore, Northwest England

Finding somewhere that accommodates disabled people for sport can present a challenge. However, if you want to give skiing and snowboarding a try, then you should definitely visit the Chill Factore in Manchester. The sport centre welcomes people of all ages and abilities and they work with Disability Snowsport UK in order to give everyone the best possible skiing or snowboarding experience.

Lincoln Castle, Central England

Lincoln Castle, Central England

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No guide to England is complete without a castle! So here it is, Lincoln Castle in Lincoln. The castle dates back to the 11th century and is the perfect place to visit for history enthusiasts because of the copy of the Magna Carta, one of just four such documents still in existence today. The castle has plenty of lifts so wheelchair users can experience every part of the historic castle, from the dungeons where you will find the Magna Carta to the Wall Walk from where you can admire the amazing scenery. The castle also offers a hearing loop and audio guides, which includes an audio version of the Magna Carta. Another feature of the castle is the Victorian Prison, which eagle-eyed visitors might recognise from Downton Abbey. Although not all cells are wheelchair friendly due to their size, the prison, like much of the rest of the castle, can be accessed by lift.

Woburn Safari Park, Southern England

Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire offers incredible opportunities such as getting up close to zebras and giraffes, wolves and bears and even lions and tigers and many more. The park's vehicles are wheelchair friendly and they have a special concession for blue badge holders.

Yorkshire Dales, Northern England

Yorkshire Dales, Northern England

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Yorkshire Dales is famous for its stunning natural beauty and wild landscape. At first glance, the area may not seem accessible but you will be pleasantly surprised when you arrive. Thanks to the Miles without Stiles program, you can now enjoy over twenty walks made for wheelchair users. The program has expanded to include other National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including the Peak District, South Downs and Cumbria. On your walks, you can enjoy the popular sights of Aysgarth Falls, Malham Tarn and Hawes, as well as a wonderful selection of other walks and trails around the national park. Combine that with a traditional pub lunch and you have the perfect day out for everyone.

Mary Rose Museum, Southern England

The Mary Rose Museum in the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth offers a rare insight into an old Tudor warship. The Mary Rose was Henry VIII's pride and joy and the famous ship has an interesting history. The ship sank in 1545 and lay at the bottom of the Dolent for over four centuries. It was finally raised from the depths in 1982 and the restoration took decades to complete. The ship is mostly wheelchair friendly and they also offer accommodations for hearing and visually impaired people. If you are claustrophobic, you can take part in special sessions to help.

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