The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain Awards

Accessible Britain Awards 2010

These awards recognise best practice in providing accessible, inspirational and inclusive visitor attractions across the UK. They make an important and unique contribution to the travel and tourism industry by highlighting attractions that go above and beyond, to provide a great experience for each and every visitor.

The categories
There are 5 award categories - Best Family Venue, Best Free Venue,
Best Heritage Venue, Best Active Venue and the Readers’ Choice Venue.


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The winners
Accessible Britain Award winners are united by their awareness and understanding of their visitors’ needs as
well as their creativity and attention to detail in meeting
those needs. Full reviews of the winning and highly commended venues feature in Edition 3 of the Guide, but
you can find out who they are below, along with comments from our judges, or by watching the Accessible Britain Awards' video.

Accessible Britain Award Winners

Readers’ Choice Venue

Voted for in our online poll, the readers’ favourite venue goes to...

Accessible Britain Award Winners 2010, Readers’ Choice Venue: Eden Project, Cornwall

Eden Project, Cornwall
"It deserves its place as one of the country’s top attractions. Fantastic on every level."

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“The staff were extremely helpful and the site was almost totally accessible for me and my scooter. Much thought has gone into the design and layout whilst considering the disabled.” Mr Sutton, Nottinghamshire




“Just amazing, a new experience! We would go back a 100 times...” Mr J Fisher, South Yorkshire

Eden Project, Southwest

Eden Project © Tamsyn Williams and Ben Foster


Best Family Venue

This category combines outstanding accessibility features with a great day out for the whole family.

Accessible Britain Award Winners 2010, Best Family Venue: Science Museum, London

Science Museum, London
"With accessible features throughout this is a creative and interactive experience for all."

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Highly Commended

Legoland Windsor Legoland Windsor, Home Counties & Oxfordshire

South Devon Railway South Devon Railway and Totnes Rare Breeds Farm, Southwest

Eden Project Eden Project, Southwest

The Alnwick GardenThe Alnwick Garden, Northeast & Yorkshire


Legoland Windsor © Viv Watton, Eden Project © Tamsyn Williams



Best Active Venue

Where visitors of all abilities can actively participate in a fun day out.

Accessible Britain Award Winners 2010, Best Active Venue page: Cairngorm Funicular Railway and Ski Centre, Aviemore

Cairngorm Funicular Railway and Ski Centre, Aviemore
"The instructors are brilliant at getting people involved and there is a real sense of freedom and inclusiveness."

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Highly Commended

Cairngorm Sled-Dog Centre Cairngorm Sled-Dog Centre, Scotland

Manchester Velodrome Manchester Velodrome, Northwest

Wicken Fen Nature Reserve Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, East Anglia & East Midlands

Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre, Wales


Wicken Fen Nature Reserve © Alex Brown, Cairngorm Sled-Dog Centre © Aaron Sneddon, Pedalabikeaway © Pedalabikeaway



Best Heritage Venue

Unlocks places of historical interest for visitors with accessibility needs.

Accessible Britain Award Winners 2010, Best Heritage Venue: ss Great Britain, Bristol

Brunel's ss Great Britain, Bristol
“The ship is brilliantly wheelchair accessible and has a fantastic visitor centre with audio and BSL guides.”

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Highly Commended

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms, London

Tate Britain Tate Britain, London

Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Scotland

Brunel's ss Great Britain © Brian Nagus, Culloden Battlefield © National Trust for Scotland



Best Free Venue

The most memorable days out that don’t cost a penny!

Accessible Britain Award Winners 2010, Best Free Venue: Locomotion: National Railway Museum, Shildon

Locomotion: National Railway Museum, Shildon
"A fascinating, hands-on experience that disabled visitors may be surprised at!"

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Highly Commended

The National GalleryThe National Gallery, London

Horniman Museum and Gardens Horniman Museum and Gardens, London

National Waterfront Museum National Waterfront Museum, Wales

Horniman Museum and Gardens © Peter Cook, National Railway Museum © National Railway Museum




Meet the judges

Martin Dunford Martin Dunford
Founder and publisher
of Rough Guides.

Ian Macrae Ian Macrae
Editor of Disability Now magazine.

Lara Masters Lara Masters
Writer, actor, model and Rough Guide to Accessible Britain reviewer for the London area.

Delia Ray Delia Ray
Head of Marketing,
Motability Operations.

Lara Masters © Jan Gamble.