Whether you’re staying put at home or travelling to another part of the country, the UK is brimming with opportunities for you to act like a tourist. Check out these accessible attractions for inspiration.
Riverside Museum, Glasgow
Glasgow’s award-winning transport museum is packed with fascinating artefacts from years gone by and the modern day. From locomotives to skateboards, it’s a dream come true for transport enthusiasts. As a new build, access was a priority in the design of the museum, and friendly staff are more than willing to help out. You can check out full access info online.
Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool
As well as boasting fantastic access features, such as Braille guides, accessible toilets and lifts on all floors, and on-going work to make the galleries more autism-friendly, the Museum of Liverpool have got a disability-focused exhibition running from 26 January to 15 April. The Blind School: pioneering people and places tells the story of Liverpool’s Royal School for the Blind, the first school for blind people in Britain and the second in the world. As well as being fascinating, it’ll be fully accessible with audio description, BSL interpretation and multisensory features.
Despite being 170 years old, the zoo is almost entirely accessible for wheelchair users and those with walking difficulties. Check out Special Children’s Day, from 19 to 20 May, where children with special needs and their families are encouraged to come meet the animals for a discounted entry fee. All staff are fully trained to support people with additional needs, and there are extra staff on-hand too – tickets are on sale now.
Warner Bros Studio Tour, Herfordshire
Whether you’re a Potter-head yourself, or know a mega fan, the Warner Bros Studio Tour is a must. Based in Hertfordshire, you get to see real sets, costumes and props form the move franchise up close – it’s like roaming about Hogwarts for real! With BSL and audio described tours, good access throughout and free carer tickets, it’s also pretty magical in terms of access.
The Deep, Hull
The Deep, located in Hull, is one of the UK’s largest aquariums, and home to thousands of sea creatures, including sharks, rays and even penguins! Access is paramount at The Deep, with mobility aids available to borrow, free tickets for carers, and a comprehensive access guide available to download from the website ahead of your visit.
The Eden Project, Cornwall
In Cornwall, The Eden Project is an incredible conservation project consisting of two biomes packed with plants from all over the world. Access is good, with accessible parking and toilets, free carer tickets, and guides in a variety of accessible formats. It’s an incredible sensory experience too, with lots of smells, sounds and tactile exhibits to enjoy.