10 accessible things to do around the UK this summer

30 June 2016

You might not be able to tell from the weather, but summer 2016 is officially here!

And with the school holidays fast approaching, we take a look at some of the best, and most accessible, ways to spend the next few months.

1. Imperial War Museum North — Manchester

Imperial War Museum North buildingSalford Quays have undergone major redevelopment in recent years, with both the BBC (you can even go and sit in the relocated Blue Peter garden) and ITV making their homes there. 

As such, there are lots of lovely restaurants and bars to spend a lovely summer afternoon sat by the quays.

But the jewel in the crown is the Imperial War Museum North. The museum is fully accessible and caters to a range of disabilities — and all trams to Salford Quays are accessible too!

The museum features a range of fascinating personal histories, as well as moving exhibitions and artefacts. Definitely worth the trip.

2. The Cavern Club — Liverpool

Dancers in The Cavern ClubThe Cavern Club is synonomous with the history of pop music in Britain. Most famously as the place where The Beatles first started making a name for themselves.

While the club today is not actually the same venue (blame British Rail!), it is an identical replica, situated only a few yards away from the original location.

There is a real sense of history when you go in, though only go if you like The Beatles. You will hear their songs. A lot. 

The club itself is set in the heart of beautiful Liverpool and is fully wheelchair accessible. But booking ahead of your visit is highly recommended.

3. The Severn Valley Railway — Worcestershire/Shropshire

Severn Valley Railway trains in a stationThe Severn Valley railway is a stretch of railway going through the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Shropshire. 

The line mainly operates with steam trains, so is a wonderful day for fans of nostalgia.

Most of the stations are accessible via ramps, and some of the train carriages have been adapted and had disabled toilets fitted. 

4. Thorpe Park — Surrey

Thorpe Park rollercoasterThorpe Park has to be one of the top destinations in the UK for thrill-seekers of all ages. 

With Derren Brown's new ghost train opening this year and a range of other rollercoasters and rides available, this really is fun for all the family.

Thorpe Park is extremely disabled-friendly. You can obtain tickets to avoid queues if you are unable to queue, and assistance is available throughout the park.

Some of the rides aren't suitable for some disabilities, but these are listed on their website.  

5. Park House Hotel — Sandringham

Park House HotelOkay, so it might be a bit cheeky to include our own hotel, but it's a lovely hotel set in beautiful Norfolk countryside on the royal Sandringham estate.

The hotel offers a range of excursions, activities and a restaurant serving delicious home-cooked food.

There are many accessibility and care options available at the hotel. You can book your stay on the Park House website.

6. The Millennium Centre – Cardiff

The Millennium Centre in CardiffCardiff Bay is another area of the UK that has undergone major redevelopment in recent years.

At the centre of the redevelopment is the Millennium Centre. A stunning piece of architecture, and worth a visit in its own right.

But it is also at the centre of culture in Cardiff, and there are a range of plays, concerts and musicals you could catch on your visit.

The Millennium Centre is fully accessible with level access and lifts to all floors.

7. The Edinburgh Festival 

Parkside Guest HouseThe Edinburgh Festival is world-renowned for its annual celebration of all things comedy and drama. 

There are comedy shows, plays and one-man shows to suit all tastes. Though it's worth checking with each venue, before booking tickets, on their accessibility.

One of the biggest problems normally at Edinburgh is booking a hotel room, so book a stay at our Parkside Guest House, which offers a range of accessible holiday options!

8. The Science Museum – London

The Science MuseumSet in the heart of London's museum district in Kensington, The Science Museum is sure to provide a fun-filled and educational day out for both adults and children.

The museum also offers late night openings for adults only, if you fancy exploring (playing) without children and with a drink in hand.

New exhibitions and exciting additions are opening all the time. The museum is fully accessible and offers a range of assistance to disabled guests.

9. The Titanic Experience – Belfast

The Titanic Experience Explore the contruction, voyage and ultimate fate of the world's most famous ocean liner at The Titanic Experience.

Both a moving and fascinating look at one of the most devastating maritime disasters in history. 

The experience has artefacts, first-hand accounts and much more, housed in a state-of-the-art fully accessible building.

10. Swimming at the London Aquatics Centre – Stratford

The London Aquatics CentreWant to follow in the footsteps of Paralympic swimmer Ellie Symonds? Then head to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford and swim in the very pool where she won her medals at London 2012!

The London Aquatics Centre have worked with Disabled Go to create an accessibility guide for the whole centre to make it easy to plan your swim arounds your needs.

Maybe we'll even see you at Tokyo in 2020?

Your ideas

These are just some of our suggestions, but if you have any more, please let us know in the comments section below.

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