Accessible days out and accessible holidays in the UK

We know that it can be challenging to plan a day out or a holiday when you have to consider accessibility or need to ensure your destination is inclusive, which is why we have tried to gather all the below useful information and links to guides that you need to ensure you can enjoy planning a special day/trip.

Days out

When it comes to days out there’s much to consider – do you have a radar key to access disabled toilets? Is the cinema screening offering subtitles, is the venue accessible? It is always a good idea to plan ahead, to avoid any stress for you and the person you care for on the day. As well as reducing stress and potential disappointment, planning ahead might also save you some money as many attractions offer discounted entry for disabled visitors. Remember to bring proof of your status as a carer as well as of the cared for persons disability.

For more brilliant tips on how to get the most out of your day out, we recommend having a look at Scope’s website here: https://www.scope.org.uk/advice-and-support/days-out-tips/

Looking for a list of accessible places to visit/trips to take in the UK? Motability has done some research and put together an incredible guide for inclusive, accessible days out in Britain. It’s packed with reviews, ideas, and invaluable information for carers as well as people with disabilities.

The guide is broken down into different regions as well as by highlights, such as family highlights and free highlights. Each attraction is also coded with symbols to clarify exactly how accessible it is and what facilities are available, such as assisted and non-assisted wheelchair access, accessible car parking, refreshments on-site, and free entry for carers.

The guide is comprehensive, easy to navigate, filled with beautiful photos, and best of all, is completely free. It’s been really thoughtfully put together and is sure to offer something to everyone. Download your copy here.

Disabled travel card

You may be entitled to a disabled person’s railcard or bus pass. The bus pass will give you free bus travel and the railcard will give you a discount on rail travel. It is also worth checking what is offered locally as discounts and free passes may vary – you could be entitled to more than you think! Citizen’s Advice has useful information here.

Disabled travel charity

There are a number of charities that help disabled people with holidays and travel such as:

Wheelchair accessible self-catering holidays in the UK

Disabled Access Holidays have a list of disabled accessible holiday cottages and accessible holiday homes in the UK and farther afield: https://www.disabledaccessholidays.com/disabled-holidays/accessible-holidays/UK.asp

Another provider of disabled holidays is: https://www.disabledholidays.com/search/uk-l23/england-l24/

Disabled travel insurance

If you decide to travel abroad you will need to get travel insurance. It can be tricky finding travel insurance that fully covers you or the person you care for. You need to ensure that there aren’t huge hidden excess charges, and that the policy includes important features such as 24-hour support. Scope have compiled a great list of things you should consider as well as useful advice here.

Grants and free trips for carers

As ever, we recommend getting in touch with your local provider to see whether there are any grants or vouchers available in your area. If you are not sure who to contact, have a look at our directory to find local support or contact your GP.

We know that it can be challenging to plan a day out or a holiday when you have to consider accessibility or need to ensure your destination is inclusive, which is why we have tried to gather all the below useful information and links to guides that you need to ensure you can enjoy planning a special day/trip.

You may be entitled to a disabled person’s railcard or bus pass. The bus pass will give you free bus travel and the railcard will give you a discount on rail travel. It is also worth checking what is offered locally as discounts and free passes may vary – you could be entitled to more than you think! Citizen’s Advice has useful information here.

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