A list of the UK’s most accessible public toilets has been revealed in a new study, with Londonderry in Northern Ireland coming out on top.
Health and wellness testing company Check My Body Health analysed the availability of public toilets per capita in every UK city to determine which cities are the most loo-friendly, as well as looking into the percentage which are deemed accessible.
The findings revealed that Londonderry had the highest percentage (62.5%) of accessible public toilets in the UK, followed by Newry (61.5%), Edinburgh (57.5%), Chichester (56.8%), and Brighton & Hove (55.8%).
Some popular weekend break and day trip cities also appear within the top 10, including Sheffield (7th) and Bristol (10th), with these cities having more than 43% of their public toilets deemed as accessible.
However, when it comes to the cities with the lowest provision of facilities for those with disabilities, Dundee, Aberdeen, Hereford, St David’s and Perth are revealed as the five worst offending cities, with less than 10% of their toilets marked as accessible.
Despite ranking within the top 10 cities for being “loo-friendly” for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Bangor and Lichfield are also revealed to be among the 10 cities with the lowest provision for accessible toilets.
The study was carried out following a 2019 study by disabled access review site Euan’s Guide, which revealed that more than three quarters (79%) of people have experienced a disappointing trip or had to change their plans at the last minute because of poor accessibility.
More than half (53%) of disabled people also feel uncomfortable about visiting new places, highlighting the importance of having accessible facilities throughout the country.
The cities with the highest percentage of accessible public toilets are:
|Rank||City||Percentage of public toilets deemed accessible (%)|
|5||Brighton & Hove||55.84|