Inspirational venues across the country

There are some truly fascinating and exciting venues and attractions all over the country that not only offer a great day out, but also have particularly good accessibility. The new Guide features over 200 days out ideas and here we’ve highlighted just a few of the cities and towns that feature in each regional chapter of the Guide. Remember, each review has been written by disabled visitors and includes all the important information you need to make the most of your day out.

London

London Greenwich © Lee Torens

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
The 2012 Olympics offered a once in a lifetime experience for all visitors to London. The iconic site re-opened to the public in April 2014 and has been designed from scratch to be totally inclusive, with the highest standards of accessibility.

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The Southeast

St. Albans Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Albans © John Gomez

St Albans, Hertfordshire
The cathedral city of St Albans offers one of the liveliest street markets in England as well as a medieval clock tower and the remains of a Roman theatre. A number of car parks have Blue Badge spaces and there’s a Shopmobility Scheme.

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The Southwest

Exeter, Devon Exeter Quay © William D Fergus McNeill

Exeter, Devon
With its Roman origins, glorious 12th century cathedral and picturesque quayside, Exeter is a one of the southwest’s most rewarding venues. The city provides extensive facilities for disabled people including centrally located parking bays.

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The East Midlands
and East Anglia

Ely, Cambridgeshire Ely Cathedral © Jeremy Taylor

Ely, Cambridgeshire
The tiny city of Ely is best known for its magnificent cathedral, whose towers rise majestically over the Fens. But there’s also Oliver Cromwell’s House and a fascinating museum. The small city centre makes all attractions easily accessible.

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The West Midlands
and West Country

Shrewsbury, Shropshire Shrewsbury © David Woods

Shrewsbury, Shropshire
One of the most beautiful market towns in Britain, Shrewsbury boasts a wealth of stunning timber-framed black and white buildings, many of them dating from medieval times. The Visitor Information Centre stocks copies of the Wheelchair User’s Guide to Shropshire.

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The Northwest

Chester, Cheshire Chester © Dave Bolton

Chester, Cheshire
The ancient city of Chester was founded in 79 AD and boasts a spread of beautiful old buildings and historical sights, including the only full circuit of defensive walls in England. Two sections of the walls have ramped, step-free access and there is also access to the town’s four “Rows” – streets with raised covered walkways.

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The Northeast
and Yorkshire

Harrogate, Yorkshire Harrogate © Mikeuk

Harrogate, Yorkshire
Harrogate is a historic and classy town packed with beautiful old manor houses, stately architecture and wonderful gardens. Visit the wheelchair accessible Royal Pump Room Museum or borrow a wheelchair or powered scooter to tour the fabulous RHS Garden Harlow Carr.

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Scotland

St Andrews, Fife St Andrews Cathedral © Jeremy Voisey

St Andrews, Fife
Widely known as the home of golf, St Andrews has much to offer the disabled visitor. The university, where Prince William met Kate Middleton, is about to celebrate its sixth-hundredth anniversary. But golf dominates and the British Golf Museum is fully accessible.

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Wales

Llangollen, Denbighshire Llangollen © Steve Geer

Llangollen, Denbighshire
The busy little town of Llangollen enjoys one of the most picturesque settings in Wales. There’s a steam railway with a specially adapted coach for wheelchair users and every year the town hosts a week long Eisteddfod of music and dance. The town is best reached by car with many Blue Badge spaces throughout.

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Northern Ireland

Derry, County Derry St Columb’s Cathedral, Londonderry © Roger Bradley


Derry, County Derry
Recently chosen as the first UK City of Culture 2013, Derry possesses a thriving arts scene and lively atmosphere. The old city walls, completed in 1619, offer fantastic views across the city and River Foyle. Just outside the walls, the Foyleside Shopping Centre has lots of disabled parking bays and a Shopmobility Scheme.

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