Tips, ideas and useful websites for those travelling with a wheelchair, limited mobility or disability
Holidays in BritainTourism for All is the leading charities for accessible holidays. With links to Visit England, Visit Scotland and Visit Wales, the information on individual attractions and accommodation is very detailed and provides an excellent starting point to plan a break in Britain.
National Express coach travel in the UKThere is a disabled persons helpline which is open from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week: call 08717 81 81 79. On the coaches, wheelchairs and mobility scooters up to 23kgs can be carried in the luggage compartment, but please note that staff are not able to dismantle or assemble these. For full details, read more.
Black cabs in LondonIt is a little known fact perhaps that all London black cabs are wheelchair accessible, and taxi drivers are generally helpful with assisting.
National Parks in the UKVisiting one of the many National Parks is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and the best of British countryside and scenery. Read good information for all the parks.
Holidays with careIf you require care and support whilst taking a break, Richmond Retreats is one of our recommended partner companies, and they will provide peace of mind, in purpose built accommodation with trained staff in beautiful surroundings in rural locations in Northampton, Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds.
Holidays OverseasIt sounds obvious but always ensure you have discussed your individual mobility and medical circumstances with the tour operator, airline and accommodation provider. And we recommend that you provide all details in writing too. Make sure that you are careful to specify if something is essential for your holiday rather than a request which cannot be guaranteed. The ABTA checklist will help you have the information needed.
Overseas holidays you can rely onOne of the Silver Travel Advisor recommended partners is Enable Holidays who are specialists in this field, and audit all the hotels they use for suitability for those in wheelchairs, slow walkers and people with limited mobility. They can offer help with adapted airport transfers too.
Travelling with a wheelchairOne of our Silver Travel Advisor members has recommended that you take a certificate of compliance for any motor batteries, and request the wheelchair to be available in transit if you are making complex, connecting air journeys. In the event that small repairs to the wheelchair need to be made whilst away, it is worth contacting a local hospital who may be able to help. A very good tip is to pack a door wedge, which can help make life easier especially in bathrooms or inter-connecting hotel rooms.
The Blue Badge Scheme in Europe and beyondIt’s useful to know that reciprocal arrangements exist across Europe for the disabled Blue Badge parking scheme, and we recommend that you check the FIA guide for more information.
For those with visual impairmentA charity that organises holidays, often in groups with a sighted buddy, Vitalise plans trips in both the UK and abroad. Some of their holidays are suitable for those with assistance dogs. As an aside, they also organise special weeks for those suffering from dementia.
For questions to ask before you book your holiday, read on.
Holiday activities for those with reduced mobility and visual or hearing impairment, details here.
Disabled Persons’ RailcardThis is available to anyone who is qualified as disabled (and the wearing of hearing aids is regarded as qualifying). The annual cost is £20 for a railcard which gives the holder (and any travelling companion) one third off most rail fares, includes three-month discount membership (£1 for 3 months) of 'tastecard' which gives 50% off just the food in over 6000 restaurants, including such as, for example, Cafe Rouge, as well as offers for 60% entertainment discounts and very generous concessionary rates at selected hotels. The railcard also entitles the owner to special offers with various partners. The website also details the assistance available to disabled train travellers and how to avail themselves of such assistance.
If you have any further queries or need any assistance, please get in touch with us at [email protected].
The information given is by way of suggestion only. It is correct, to the best of our knowledge, but we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions on our part.
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