Unfortunately, not everywhere is easily accessible for wheelchair and mobility scooter users, which often means a little more research is required if you want to have a stress-free weekend break.
Although there are still some UK destinations and attractions that may not be very accessible, more and more are making changes to ensure that everyone can enjoy themselves, mobility scooter or not.
Below, we’ve compiled our ultimate list of UK destinations and attractions that are mobility scooter-friendly, and guarantee a great day out for all the family.
Check out our lists below – and let us know which you’re planning on visiting soon!
The Harry Potter Studio Tour based in Watford, Hertfordshire, is a wonderful day out for all the family.
Whether you’ve read all the books, seen all the films, and call yourself a mega-fan, or you’re just friends with one, there’s still something there are for everyone.
Roam around the real sets and costumes from the films, and be stunned by the Hogwarts Express! The Studio Tour has BSL and audio described tours available, and also has good accessibility through as well as free carer tickets to ensure this is a day out anyone can enjoy.
Chill Factore is home to Disability Snowsport UK, which is a national charity that enables individuals with disabilities to take part in adaptive skiing.
This centre is able to cater for people with very limited mobility, with the rest of the attraction also accessible with lifts.
If you’re a bit more of a daredevil and would love to get involved in a more active day out, a visit to the Chill Factor could be a great day out for you.
The Eden Project is a conservation project with plants from all over the world inside two huge biomes. It’s a wonderful day out to enjoy some of the weird and wonderful elements of nature, with good access. Other features include accessible parking, toilets, guides in a variety of formats, and free carer tickets too.
Giant’s Causeway is a National Trust heritage site that is one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the UK. Although there are some accessibility concerns involved here, it is still a brilliant day out for everyone.
The site features mobility parking and a wheelchair friendly shuttle bus, as well as a fully accessible visitors centre and accessible toilets. In regards to approaching the site itself, there is an accessible trail but mobility scooter and wheelchair users may need added assistance.
London Zoo is a great day out for people of all ages, and it is an almost completely accessible site for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility, so anyone can visit the Land of Lions, the Aquarium, and much more.
Staff on-site are fully trained to provide support to people with additional needs, and there’s even a Special Children’s Day from May 19th – 29th where children with special needs can come and meet the animals for a discounted fee.
Wheelchair hire is available, but this should be booked in advance.
The Riverside Museum is a transport museum that hosts artefacts from hundreds of years ago all the way up to the most modern technology.
Anyone who’s interested in transport will love a day out to this fun museum, and as a newly built site, making everything accessible was a top priority.
Below are six more destinations that have a fantastic range of activities that are accessible for mobility scooters and wheelchairs.
The East Anglian coast is famously flat with wide sandy beaches, making this area of the UK ideal for anyone with mobility problems.
There are a number of things you can do here, from enjoying beach wheelchairs in Great Yarmouth, bird and seal spotting in Dunwich, to beautiful seaside walks along the coast on accessible, flat paths.
The seaside city of Brighton is a fantastic destination for anyone with mobility issues. From Brighton Dome, Brighton Wheel, to the Sea Life Centre all make for wonderful days out and are accessible for wheelchair and mobility scooter users.
If the sun is shining, you can also enjoy walking along the pathway by the beach and take in the many shops, restaurants and more that make Brighton such a unique destination in the UK.
Cairngorms National Park is located in the North East of Scotland, and is the perfect UK destination for those amongst you who like to get a little adventurous when you go away!
Full of mountains, rivers, and forests, the National Park has a number of trails that are accessible for both wheelchair and mobility scooter users, as well as a number of sandy beaches perfect for relaxing and taking in the scenery. Cairngorms also has a Mountain Railway and Ski centre which is accessible year-round with a funicular railway to access the mountain top.
Fairburn Ings is located in Castleford, West Yorkshire. The RSPB Fairburn Ings centre is an ideal day out for birdwatching and pretty nature walks through the countryside. The centre has many easily accessible trails and also has a wheelchair accessible bird hide for anyone to enjoy.
Head here if you fancy a weekend away in the countryside with an abundance of UK wildlife to watch and enjoy.
The Lake District has without a doubt some of the most impressive, beautiful scenery in the whole of England, with mountains and sparkling lakes aplenty. There are many walks around the many lakes that are accessible for wheelchair and mobility scooter users, allowing you to enjoy a walk around the countryside and the chance to immerse yourself in the impress views.
Be sure to have a look at the Lakedistrict.gov.uk database detailing over 40 accessible walks.
Pembrokeshire is home to one of the most beautiful coasts in Wales. With a host of activities and things to do for anyone, including those with limited mobility, this is one of our top picks for a summer’s day out for everyone to enjoy.
The National Park has over 15 routes intended for mobility scooter users and powered wheelchairs – take a look at their ‘Walks for All’ guide for more information.
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