Attractions for disabled travelers

Attractions for disabled travelers

Disabled, Not Disinterested.

Last month Telegraph Travel reported that Britain’s leading travel companies were failing to serve the needs of disabled travelers. The study, carried out by Tourism for All, a British-based charity that specializes in travel for the disabled, found that 85% of respondents did not believe travel agents understand the needs of disabled travelers.

But here’s five incredible British attractions that not only have excellent facilities for disabled visitors, they’re also some of the most fun and exciting destinations in the country.

The Science Museum in London features interactive exhibits at just the right height for wheelchair users so everyone can participate in the fun.

The collection includes hundreds of thousands of objects – from aircraft to microchips. The museum’s particular strength is in the history of western science, technology and medicine since 1700.

The Science Museum also features a bit of the macabre, holding approximately 700 human remains. These come from many different countries and historical periods, and include skeletal material, mummies, artefacts incorporating remains and slides with human tissues.

At the Cairngorm Funicular Railway and Ski Centre in Aviemore, disabled visitors can easily “summit” the highest railway in the United Kingdom

This trip on the UK’s highest railway offers spectacular views of an ancient Scottish mountain landscape and the viewing terrace at the top offers tourists the best weather watching opportunity in Britain. All seasons in one hour or less!

Visitors travel in safety and comfort on a one-mile journey from the Base Station at parking-lot level to the Ptarmigan Top Station 3600-feet above sea level and just below the summit of Cairn Gorm Mountain – Britain’s 6th highest. This journey truly is a breath of fresh air.

Step back in time when you board Brunel’s SS Great Britain. With a fantastic visitors center with audio and BSL guides, the ship is completely wheelchair accessible.

On board, experience the sights, sounds and smells of life for Victorian passengers and crew. Descend under the glass “sea”, to stand below the SS Great Britain’s magnificent hull. Stretch out your hand and feel the warm, dehumidified air, as it cloaks the fragile iron.

The ship is the winner of more than 20 national and international awards including UK Museum of the Year.

For free admission, the National Railway Museum in Shildon, County Durham, can’t be beat. The largest railway museum in the world, attracting almost one million visitors per year at the York and Shildon sites.

Considering the hands-on nature of the trains and carriages, the museum has diligently worked to make the exhibits disabled-friendly.

Discover over 300 years of history and over a million wonderful objects regarding railway life. Marvel at iconic locomotives, watch engineering work in progress in the Workshop, browse the object-filled Warehouse or let off steam in the outdoor play area. You can even take a ride on the nearby miniature railway and enjoy the scenery.
Whether on your own two feet or speeding on four wheels, everyone can travel and experience the best attractions of England.