As UK attractions begin to reopen and lockdown restrictions slowly start to ease, the public is keen to start safely exploring what Britain has to offer again.
Available online for free, to help people of all abilities start to plan their days out, a new, refreshed edition of The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is published this week.
The eighth edition of the Guide is packed with over 200 comprehensive reviews and through collaboration with the Carers Trust and the National Autistic Society, this edition features more information relevant to carers and those with hidden disabilities.
This latest Guide features 25 new venue reviews including outdoor attractions such as Belfast Zoo, Kew Gardens, Legoland, Trebah Gardens, and Powis Castle.
All existing reviews have been updated and refreshed pre-COVID-19.
According to research for the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, 51% of people with a disability, or their carers, spend between two and five hours planning a day out and one in ten spend more than a day researching.
The majority of this research is conducted online, with 92% searching on the internet and 12% using online communities. 42% will call the venue in advance to ensure they have all the information they need ahead of visiting.
Emma West, reviewer and foreword author of the Guide, said: “If you have specific access requirements, or care for someone who does, planning a day out is much more complex. The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is such a valuable resource for simplifying that process and opening up options for exploring the incredible venues we have on our doorstep in the UK.
Adding: “It’s widely acknowledged that being outside is great for our mental health too, so I’m proud to be involved in celebrating the attractions which have made significant efforts to ensure a brilliant day out for everyone, regardless of any physical, mental health or cognitive condition.”
All attractions featured in The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain have been assessed in detail pre-COVID-19 by Rough Guides’ team of reviewers, who either have a disability themselves or have visited the venue with a friend or relative with accessibility needs.
The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain has been created in partnership with Motability Operations Ltd.