Accessibility experts compile top 10 list of inclusive tourist hotpots

Inclusive hotspots

Home adaptations specialist Invisible Creations has compiled a list of the most inclusive UK tourist hotspots as the weather heats up.

With lockdown restrictions easing across the country, thousands of Brits are gearing up for long-awaited staycations. But for those with mobility issues of disabilities, venturing outdoors can seem like a daunting endeavour.

With this in mind, Invisible Creations has uncovered a list of 10 experiences that cater to disabled people or those with mobility, visual or hearing issues to ensure everyone can enjoy their summer this year.

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Invisible Creations marketing director Laura Wood said: ““As the country reopens, it’s important that society is inclusive of everybody, and that people with mobility issues and disabilities can enjoy their summer safely, particularly in the current climate when so many of us are experiencing anxiety and reluctancy to venture outdoors.”

“It is so encouraging to see so many popular tourist sites throughout the UK adapting their facilities to provide a more welcoming, accessible and inclusive environment so that everyone can enjoy downtime with their loved ones.”

Invisible Creations’ list of top 10 inclusive experiences include:

London: Kew Gardens
With expansive green space, vibrant flowers and over 50,000 living plants to be found across the UNESCO World Heritage site, Kew Gardens is the ultimate place to explore just how stunning nature can be in summer 2021. Offering wheelchair accessibility to its grounds and cafe, free entry for essential carers accompanying disabled visitors, registered blind and partially-sighted visitors and concession entry for disabled guests, this horticultural marvel provides all you need to enjoy a memorable visit.

South East: Denbies Wine Estate
For those that feel like indulging in a delicious tipple immersed in idyllic surroundings, look no further than Denbies Wine Estate, nestled in the picturesque Surrey Hills. As England’s largest vineyard, Denbies produces internationally award-winning sparkling wines and world-class premium still wines. Regular indoor and outdoor tours take place on-site and there is easy access to the surrounding areas for those who wish to explore. Wheelchairs are available for hire to navigate the grounds in addition to fully accessible vineyard tours and disabled parking.

South West: The Roman Baths – Bath
2000 years of history awaits at the spectacular Roman Baths in Bath. This magnificent historic site is the perfect destination for an educational and fun-filled day out with the family. The grand building can be explored via the inner and outer terraces and guests will receive an audio guide to reveal the fascinating details about the history of the ancient Roman attraction. The Roman Baths fully adhere to the needs of wheelchair users and disabled visitors, providing British Sign Language audio tours, induction loops for hearing-aid users, tactile signage, braille on exhibits and online information for people with claustrophobia and autism, all supported by dedicated professionals.

North West: Brockholes Nature Reserve
Brockholes Nature Reserve offers a tranquil oasis of over 250 beautiful acres. Visitors can explore the ancient woodland and surrounding lakes, brimming with exciting wildlife and beautiful wildflowers. With two of the main trails wheelchair accessible and a fully inclusive floating Visitor Village, this captivating nature reserve is the perfect spot for a summer picnic in the sun.

West Midlands: Cadbury World
At Cadbury World, Birmingham you’ll explore the hidden wonders and history of one of the most famous names in confectionery. The fascinating self-guided tour takes you through chocolate over the years, from the discovery of the cocoa bean over 1,000 years ago in the Aztec jungle to the modern day – the ideal journey for sweet-toothed enthusiasts everywhere. With ramp adaptations throughout and low-level exhibits in certain zones, Cadbury World provides a unique and thrilling experience in the West Midlands.

East Midlands: Buxton Opera House
Delivering a year-round selection of entertainment including comedy, musical performances, theatre, dance and of course opera amid a spectacular Frank Matchan building, Buxton Opera House is a cultural hub bursting with character. The venue offers audio and braille copies of brochures in addition to passive infra-red (PIR) systems in both the Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre for people with hearing difficulties to facilitate an incredible and inclusive day out in Derbyshire.

Yorkshire & Humberside: Rievaulx Abbey
Rievaulx Abbey is the ideal destination for a peaceful summer escape in the valley of the North York Moors, a breathtaking heritage site sure to entrance. Home to the ruins of England’s most powerful Cistercian monasteries, with a range of previously unseen artefacts to behold, Rievaulx Abbey is not an experience to be missed. Providing disabled parking, wheelchair access, brail guides and audio installation transcripts for visitors, this fascinating heritage gem is just waiting to be explored.

North East: Beamish Museum
Beamish Museum, Stanley transports guests back to the Victorian and Edwardian eras through to the 1940s with a phenomenal open-air attraction that celebrates the compelling history of the North East. Featuring its very own 1900s town, colliery, schoolhouse and dentist and traditional sweetshop, the museum is an extraordinary place to visit and soak up the sunshine. With a wheelchair-accessible vehicle service, motorised scooters and disabled parking, those with mobility issues can navigate all the site has to offer with ease.

Scotland: North Berwick Beach
Looking to lounge by the golden sands and turquoise waters of the beach this summer? As one of the UK’s most accessible and stunning beaches, North Berwick Beach in Scotland is an unmissable tourist hotspot situated approximately 20 miles from Edinburgh. Mobility devices are hired out by Scottish charity ‘Beach Wheelchairs’ to ensure those in need can relax in the stunning surroundings of the charming seaside town.

Wales: Plantasia
Multiple award-winning Plantasia lets guests delve into the heart of a tropical paradise. With over 40 different species of animal to discover, from the Egyptian Tortoise to the Caiman Crocodiles and exotic rainforest plants sweeping through the vicinity, this interactive experience is unforgettable. The site offers wheelchair access to the majority of its phenomenal zones and wildlife attractions to enable everyone to discover the adventure within. 

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