What Are The Most Accessible Places To Visit In The UK?

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Accessible London Eye

There’s nothing that you can’t do here in the UK, with many famous landmarks and activity centres available across the country. But where are the best ones?

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A trip to Chill Factore

Whether you’re in Manchester to see the sights or to complete a hectic shopping trip at the Trafford Centre, you must make time in your schedule to visit Chill Factore – perfect for the family to let their hair loose.

The facility offers an array of ski lessons for all different ages and abilities and even achieved the Manchester Tourism ‘Access for All’ award back in 2010 – there’s also an epic luge ice slide! There’s even a 12-metre climbing wall, as well as cafés, bars, restaurants and a host of the UK’s leading outdoor clothing shops along the site’s authentic Alpine Street.

Accessible Indoor Ski Slopes

Fun fact

Measuring at 180 metres, this venue has the largest real-snow indoor ski slope in the UK. Don’t worry if you don’t feel confident in skiing down this slope just yet though, as the attraction is also host to a 40-metre beginner slope.

Is it accessible?

The majority of the venue is at ground-floor level but it does have lifts to the restaurant and conference rooms that are located on the first floor.

For those with disabilities who fear they might miss out on the fun, Disability Snowport UK is available at the complex and provides adaptive skiing lessons – covering those who have physical, sensory or learning issues.

More details available on Chill Factore’s Accessibility page.

Where is it?

Chill Factore, Trafford City, 7 Trafford Way, Manchester, M41 7JA (sat-nav systems may not recognise the M41 postcode. If that’s the case, visitors are advised to use the older postcode: M17 8DD).

When is it open?

It’s advised that you contact the facility before making a trip, as different areas are open at different times throughout the year. However, the main entrance is open from 7:00am until 12:00am all week between Monday 22nd October 2018 and Sunday October 14th April 2019.

Please click here for further information.

Accessible Emirates Spinnaker Tower

A trip to Emirates Spinnaker Tower

If you want to take plenty of pictures on your outing, make sure to book a trip to the Emirates Spinnaker Tower. Spread across a trio of sky-high viewing decks – which you can reach via a high-speed lift – the attraction also has an exhilarating ‘Sky Walk’ that’s made of glass and is placed 100 metres above sea level.

If you’re feeling up for it, you can abseil 100 metres down the side of the iconic structure. The High Tea Experience is suited to those looking for a more relaxing visit, while fun-filled events take place at the site throughout the year too – comedy nights, Christmas parties and a New Year’s Eve party to name a few.

Fun fact

Believe it or not, the tower is 170 metres tall and can offer visitors spectacular views that cover 23 miles – you might even be able to see the Isle of Wight on a clear day.

Is it accessible?

There’s a life inside of the structure that makes it extremely accessible for all visitors who travel to see immense views at the top. However, the Sky Deck – the highest view deck of the Emirates Spinnaker Tower – can only be accessed by stairs.

If you’d benefit from a guided tour, make sure to book this in advance. Once inside Emirates Spinnaker Tower, there are three disabled toilets.

More details available on their website please click here.

Where is it?

Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3TT.

When is it open?

The tower is open daily, with general admissions showing opening times between 10:00am and 5:30pm.

If you’re looking to visit the Waterfront Café, expect this to be open between 9:30am and 6:00pm each day. Last orders are at 5:30pm.

Accessible Places - Beamish Museum

A trip to Beamish Museum

If you’re a lover of history, take a trip back in time and visit Beamish Museum. Those at the museum can visit a pre-World War One town, a pit village, a farm in operation during the Second World War, a colliery, picturesque Pockerley Old Hall and Rowley Railway Station as it was in Edwardian time.

There’s nothing that you can’t do at Beamish museum and you can either hop on a tram or walk between the open-air villages. Whether you want to watch old-fashioned sweets being made (and then buy them) or take a trip to the local bank and visit the vault, you’ll never have a dull moment.

Fun fact

Back in 1987, Beamish Museum was given the European Museum of the Year award.

Is it accessible?

As the open-air museum had ambitions to create a realistic remake of 1800s-1900s villages, the pathways are quite uneven. There are steep slopes, while a few buildings and exhibits have stepped access.

Beamish Museum prides itself on offering discounted prices for those with a disability – carers of a disabled visitor can enter free of charge as well as disabled children under five and their parent. Once inside, free wheelchair hire is available from the Entrance Building – assistance dogs and motorised scooters are welcome throughout the museum, too.

Click here and visit the official Beamish Museum website for more information.

Where is it?

Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG.

When is it open?

This year, opening times differ. From 16th February to 5th April 2019, the museum is open between 10:00am and 4:00pm with last admissions at 3.00pm.

From 6th April to 3rd November 2019 the museum is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm, with last admissions at 5:00pm. Then from 4th November 2019 to 27th March 2020, it will be open daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm, with last admissions at 3:00pm.

However, please take note that Beamish Museum will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and on Mondays and Fridays from 6th January to 14th February 2020.

Accessible London Eye Pod

A trip to the Coca-Cola London Eye

Believe it or not, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the most popular paid-for attraction in the UK and opened way back in 2000 – still remaining one of the most iconic locations in the country.

Take London in from new heights when venturing onto the big wheel. There are plenty of events to take part in when inside one of the Coca-Cola London Eye’s pods too, including the opportunities to enjoy barre or yoga classes with a twist courtesy of Time Out London.

Fun fact

Reaching up 135 metres, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the biggest wheel of its kind.

Is it accessible?

With an advanced boarding ramp, the Coca-Cola London Eye is extremely accessible for the elderly and those who are disabled. If you have a visual or hearing impairment, there are loop facilities to help out.

If you’re in need of a wheelchair, the site actually can loan them out at the service desk. Mobility scooters and assistant dogs are also allowed.

Head to the Coca-Cola London Eye official website for further details on accessibility.

Where is it?

The Coca-Cola London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB.

When is it open?

Although you should check before your visit, the London Eye opens at 10:00am and closes somewhere between 6:00pm and 8:30pm. However, opening times vary throughout the year.

Accessible Places - SS Normadic at the Titanic Belfast Museum

A trip to Titanic Belfast

If you’re fascinated by the tales of the Titanic, this is the perfect day-trip for you and your family. This is because the attraction plays host to the Titanic Experience – complete with nine interactive galleries which include an electronic dark ride and the chance to reflect on the excitement of Titanic’s launch day. There’s also a tour of the very spot where the passenger liner departed on its doomed voyage.

You’ll also be able to see the last ship from White Star Line at Titanic Belfast, named SS Normadic.

Fun fact

You might be surprised to hear that the museum is actually 100 metres from where the hull of the Titanic was actually built. The drawing office where the passenger liner was designed is also to the right of the building, with the Victoria Channel from where she first set sail to the left.

Is it accessible?

The Titanic Belfast is fully accessible to move around. However, the Shipyard Ride can’t accommodate mobility scooters because of dimensional and weight restrictions. One standard wheelchair can get onto a wheelchair-accessible car at this facility though, but wheelchairs must not be larger than one metre in length.

Visitors to the attraction who are blind or partially sighted can use an audio guide free of charge, while guide dogs are welcome throughout the site.

Click this link for more accessibility information around this museum.

Where is it?

Titanic Belfast, 1 Olympic Way, Queens Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, BT3 9EP.

When is it open?

You must make sure to check opening times before you visit, as these can alter throughout different periods of the year.

  • From October to March it’s open from 10:00am until 5:00pm.
  • In April and May it’s open from 9:00am until 6:00pm.
  • In June and July it’s open from 9:00am until 7:00pm.
  • In August it’s open from 9:00am until 8:00pm.
  • In September it’s open from 9:00am until 6:00pm.

Please note that this venue is closed from December 24th to 26th for the Christmas holidays.

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