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Great inspiration for accessible days out may begin with the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, but it certainly doesn’t end there. We’ve scoured the country to find even more people and organisations to share great ideas and advice to make getting out and about easier to plan and enjoy. From tourism professionals, to disability experts, and even Rough Guide to Accessible Britain fans who simply have fun experiences to share, the Days Out Blog is regularly updated and includes news and updates that we hope you’ll find inspiring, entertaining and useful. We hope that the Days Out Blog encourages more people get out and about and enjoy the many fantastic, accessible attractions throughout the UK.

A day out in Liverpool – Sharon Kilty, Arthritis Care

I love being independent and going out and about. Over the last three years I have been visiting Liverpool regularly and I have found it to be very accessible and very welcoming, I have never been made to feel that I am a nuisance.

The shopping centre at Liverpool One is fully accessible, the lifts that take you from floor to floor are big enough to turn around in if you need to and the buttons are easily reached. The top floor of Liverpool One has a large variety of places to eat and a great park area which snakes back down to the ground level. The cinema is also on the top floor and is brilliant. It’s fully accessible with wheelchair spaces that are in the middle of the seating area so that you have a great view of the screen. The cinema also includes an IMAX screen. I have been a few times on my own and I have been able to manage on my own completely.

I have followed up my trip to the cinema with a meal at YO! Shushi which is just across the court yard area. They have a table suitable to sit at and will quickly get you seated. There are brilliant toilets in John Lewis and also in the Q Park on the level with the disabled parking spaces. Parking your car in the city is easy if you park on the road as you don’t have to pay to park in these spaces if you put your Blue Badge on display. The only difficult place is the car parks with barriers as I often find the ticket machine is quite low, so worth noting this.

The docks are a great place to go down to, there are bits that have cobbled surfaces but they are not too difficult to negotiate. The views of the Mersey are amazing and looking up into the city is inspiring. Within the immediate city centre there are plenty of dropped curbs and so many places to visit, I have yet to find a museum or art gallery I couldn’t get in to. Bold Street is the trendy place to visit and have a coffee, not everywhere looks accessible but if you ask, many places have ramps to put out and they are always keen to help. Both cathedrals are accessible although the catholic entry to the cathedral is a bit difficult to find but worth the effort. I will be back up there shortly for another shopping trip in this vibrant city.

Sharon works for Arthritis CareNew window icon and is a trustee for Disability Cornwall. She is passionate about living in Cornwall and enjoying the countryside.

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