City breaks are an ideal last minute getaway to relax and recharge. In the UK, there are many accessible cities that can make the experience more enjoyable for disabled people or for anyone with limited mobility.
Let’s have a look at a few of the most accessible cities in the UK that can be the perfect destination for a weekend getaway.
Britain’s second city, Birmingham is a bustling modern city with a rich heritage and culture. You will find little difficulty getting around as most venues and establishments are highly accessible with friendly staff who are happy to assist. Also the strong public transport links – and especially the newly built intercity tram system – make it very easy to get around.
You’ll find Birmingham is a great city to catch a show with a number of theatres, of which the Hippodrome is the largest. It is one of the most visited theatres in the country. Whether you prefer plays, pantomimes, ballets or musicals, you will be spoilt for choice. And for those with a hearing or visual impairment, the theatre offers assisted performances with sign-language interpreted, audio-described and captioned shows.
During the summer, the Hippodrome hosts a fantastic outdoor arts festival, Summer in Southside, with a range of performances and acts from all over the world.
Besides this, Birmingham also boasts a wide variety of restaurants and bars. A thriving, multicultural city with strong south Asian and Chinese communities, you will be greeted with a very rich cuisine and a wide range of cooking styles.
Edinburgh’s city centre is highly accessible which makes it a perfect holiday destination for the disabled traveller.
One of the highlights is Edinburgh Castle, a historic fortress which dominates the city skyline on Castle Rock. This royal castle was built in the twelfth century and has survived more than its fair share of sieges and wars.
Despite being a medieval castle, it is very accessible for all audiences, with friendly staff always eager to help. You can also expect similar hospitality at a number of Edinburgh’s museums, libraries and galleries.
Manchester is one of Britain’s most popular cities for short breaks with plenty to see and do. It is easy to see why Manchester is the third most-visited city in Britain among foreign visitors, as there really is something for everyone. Manchester is a very modern city with a strong focus on accessibility.
Football fans should consider a guided guide tour at Old Trafford or watching a game at the Etihad Stadium.
If you are not a football fan, you can head to Media City and discover how your favourite television programmes have been produced. Home to Granada Television and BBC, there is plenty to see. Why not take a tour of the BBC studios or the set of Coronation Street.
Our busy metropolitan capital can seem a daunting travel destination, especially for anyone who may require special access, but London is in fact very accessible and a very easy city to get around. You’ll find buses, taxis and the Underground very accommodating with helpful staff ready to assist should you need it.
Most of London’s main attractions, such as the National Portrait Gallery, the Tower of London and the Tate Modern, offer guided tours and activities with support for disabled people. Don’t miss out on a boat tour, as ‘City Cruises’ are highly accessible and even offer a 50% discount for disabled passengers. Finally, ‘Original Tours’ offer bus tours that are accessible for wheelchair users.
Looking to book your next weekend break? Revitalise offers a wide range of accessible city trips and holidays across the UK. For more details, visit the Revitalise website: revitalise.org.uk