Finding Accessible Attractions

My father in law is not very
mobile; he has a stick to get about and sometimes a mobility scooter. He suffers a lot with his health and it’s
really restricted where he goes; he does not tend to get out much anymore. I guess he worries about how he will
navigate obstacles he comes across outside the comfort of his familiar
surroundings.

It can be claustrophobic though
staying in all the time. I don’t want
him feeling like his world has narrowed because there are so many places that
are still accessible.

Some locations even have mobility scooters available to
hire, you might not be able to get around all of the grounds but more and more
attractions are making themselves accessible to everyone regardless of their
abilities. They are putting more
thought into installing ramps and lifts.

AGE
UK
have developed a comprehensive list with Silver Travel Advisor of
accessible days out in Britain, so you see you really do have so much choice.

Look out for access plans that
let you know which parts of an attraction are accessible by wheelchair, for
example this one for Portmeirion Village shows that pretty much all of the site
is wheelchair friendly.

Portmeirion
comes highly recommended by us, we really enjoy visiting – the coloured buildings
are quite a sight and if you can time it for the Christmas food festival even better! They had some incredible cakes for sale.

Whether you want to visit call ahead to reserve
a wheelchair or mobility scooter, as usually attractions will only have a limited
number available and its taking a risk that one you might be free otherwise.

Check out the facilities in
advance, so much information is available online you can do your research to
make sure any attraction will meet your needs before you visit. Some sites even have webcams so you get a
proper feel for a place before making the decision to leave the house!

Read reviews about the places you
like the sound of, are the staff friendly and helpful, what kind of experiences
have other wheelchair users had. If it sounds very positive you can feel safe in the knowledge that things should go smoothly for you.

Don’t let anything put you off
having an adventure; you can even buy used
mobility vehicles
to transport your wheelchair to your chosen destination
so nothing has to stand in your way anymore.

Once you have travelled more
extensively again you will find your confidence comes back and you can enjoy your
freedom once more.

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