Over the years, I’ve had many emails asking if I could recommend more wheel-chair friendly holidays or offer any accessible tourism ideas. The people who have got in contact, have told me that while there are so many inspirational trips they would like to do, in reality, it can seem impossible if there appears to be no access for wheelchairs.
I can only begin to imagine how tough holiday planning can be both here in the UK and abroad – trying to research holidays with wheel-chair friendly accommodation and attractions. But, as the likes of globetrotting wheel-chair traveller Cory, and Julie, whose son BJ has cerebral palsy, shows, that with research and planning, it can be done. And both share their insights and tips on their fantastic blogs.
Disabled Access Day
Later this week on the 16 March will be Disabled Access Day – a biannual event in the UK that celebrates accessibility. The day was founded against the backdrop of wanting to make it easy for disabled people to experience something new, and to highlight the fantastic access that already exists. It’s a great reminder to the global tourism industry that wheelchair travel and accessible holidays are big business and on the rise – and that businesses need to adapt in order to meet accessible tourism demands.
Accessible Tourist Attractions in the UK
And with a collaboration between tourist boards across the UK to encourage more attractions to become disabled-friendly, there are now more and more hotspots in the country that welcome guests with disabilities – including London Zoo, Royal Yacht Brittania in Edinburgh and The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, which has an accessible clifftop path.
Accessible Tourist Destinations Around The World
Travelling across the world with limited mobility can be challenging, but there are many spectacular cities and destinations, as well as tourist attractions that are wheel-chair friendly. Here is a round-up of fantastic accessible tourist destinations around the world:
In 2013, Berlin received the European Commission’s Access City award and was praised for its accessible new buildings and public transport infrastructure. The German city is committed to making it ‘barrier-free’ and accessible for those who with limited mobility, in wheelchairs. From the Brandenburg Gate to Museum Island, the Europacenter to the zoo – you can visit a large array of tourist attractions without any problems – while many of Berlin’s stations have step-free access.
Seoul, South Korea
Seoul has what is considered one of the best subway systems in the world and it has many features that offer accessibility for visitors who have visual, hearing, and mobility disabilities including ramps, priority seating on trains and Braille tiles. Head to the Myeongdong Street Market, which is completely pedestrianised for amazing street food and shopping. Meanwhile, top attractions including the Gyeongbokgung Palace and Namsan Cable Car are wheelchair friendly.
Canadian Rockies, Canada
If you’ve ever dreamed about drinking in the epic views of the Canadian Rockies, then perhaps a luxury train ride on the Rocky Mountaineer will be the answer. The region may be known for it’s hiking trails, but you can relax and take the scenic route from Banff to Vancouver, or several other destinations along the way. With hydraulic lifts and other services available the crew on the Rocky Mountaineer can help with any accessibility needs.
Sydney has committed to making the city as an inclusive and accessible city for everyone. Their A City For All: Inclusion Action Plan runs until 2021 and details a forward-thinking implementation of supporting the need of disabled people and their carers. Meanwhile, the city has 2,100 tactile and Braille street signs and accessibility for almost all their public transport. Attractions including The Royal Botanical Gardens, The Opera Bar and the Blue Mountains are all accessible to wheelchairs.
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