The UK’s most accessible landmarks 

November 26, 2018

When accessibility is an issue, heading for days out can be a little nerve-wracking. To help you plan a fantastic day out without any of these worries, mobility stairlift supplier, Acorn Stairlifts, has highlighted the best and most accessible places to visit all across the UK.

Titanic Belfast

Discover the tragic tale of the Titanic in the world’s largest Titanic experience. The attraction plays host to the Titanic Experience — complete with nine interactive galleries which include an electronic dark ride and the chance to reflect on the excitement of Titanic’s launch day. There’s also a tour of the very spot where the passenger liner departed on its doomed voyage. It’s not all about the Titanic either, as Titanic Belfast also allows visitors to walk the decks of SS Nomadic — berthed in the neighbouring Hamilton Dry Dock, it’s the world’s last White Star Line ship.

Interesting fact

The attraction sits just 100 metres away from where the Titanic’s hull was constructed.The drawing office where the passenger liner was designed is also to the right of the building, with the Victoria Channel from where she first set sail to the left. The Belfast Titanic is among the UK's most accessible landmarks

Accessibility

The Titanic Belfast’s circulation spaces, galleries, and flagged Plaza are all fully accessible. However, the Shipyard Ride can’t accommodate mobility scooters because of dimensional and weight restrictions. One standard wheelchair can get onto a wheelchair-accessible car at this facility though, but wheelchairs must not be larger than one metre in length.

Guide dogs are welcome on-site, and blind or partially-sighted visitors can make use of the free audio guide facilities. 

Click this link for everything you need to know about accessibility at Titanic Belfast. 

Address

Titanic Belfast, 1 Olympic Way, Queens Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, BT3 9EP.

Opening times

Opening times differ across the year, and are as follows:

•    From October to March — open from 10.00am until 5.00pm.

•    In April and May — open from 9.00am until 6.00pm.

•    In June and July — open from 9.00am until 7.00pm.

•    In August — open from 9.00am until 8.00pm.

•    In September — open from 9.00am until 6.00pm.

Take note that Titanic Belfast is closed from December 24th to 26th.

Official website

titanicbelfast.com

Photo: Atmosphere1 / Shutterstock.com

WWT Wetland Centres

There are 10 Wildfowl & Wetlands Trusts up and down the country. Head to any of the Wetland Centres and you can traverse amazing trails and canoe safaris through quaint waterways. You also shouldn’t be surprised if you witness close encounters with some of the most dramatic and rare birds seen across the globe, or spot anything from frogs and dragonflies to water voles.

Interesting fact

WWT Wildlife centres play host to 50,000 schoolchildren every year, including 15,000 schoolchildren from disadvantaged areas through the WWT’s free school visits scheme. 

Accessibility

Those with special accessibility requirements are catered to, though the level of accessibility can vary a little from site to site. All the WWT Wetland Centres have wheelchair hire, accessible walkways, accessible parking spaces, accessible toilets, and a series of step-free hides. Assistance dogs are welcome at each site, too.

Find more details about accessibility at WWT Wetland Centres here

Address

There are ten WWT Wetland Centres based across the UK, with the addresses as follows:

•    Arundel: WWT Arundel, Mill Road, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9PB.

•    Caerlaverock: WWT Caerlaverock, Eastpark Farm, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, DG1 4RS.

•    Castle Espie: WWT Castle Espie, 78 Ballydrain Road, Co Down, N Ireland, BT23 6EA.

•    Llanelli: WWT Llanelli, Llwynhendy, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA14 9SH.

•    London: WWT London, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT.

•    Martin Mere: WWT Martin Mere, Fish Lane, Burscough, Lancashire, L40 0TA.

•    Slimbridge: WWT Slimbridge, Bowditch, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT.

•    Steart: WWT Steart Marshes, Steart, Somerset, TA5 2PU.

•    Washington: WWT Washington, Pattinson, Washington, Tyne and Wear, NE38 8LE.

•    Welney: WWT Welney, Hundred Foot Bank, Welney, Nr. Wisbech, PE14 9TN. Martin Mere is one of the UK's most accessible landmarks

Opening times

•    Arundel:

Summer opening times (March 26th to October 28th 2018) — open from 9.30am until 5.30pm, with last admission at 5.00pm.

Winter opening times (October 29th 2018 to March 31st 2019) — open from 9.30am until 4.30pm, with last admission at 4.00pm.

However, take note that the Wetland Centre closes at 2pm on Christmas Eve and all day on Christmas Day.

•    Caerlaverock:

Open from 10.00am until 5.00pm.

However, take note that the Wetland Centre is closed on Christmas Day.

•    Castle Espie: 

Open from 10.00am until 5.00pm, with closing time extended to 5.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays from May to August.

However, take note that the Wetland Centre is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

•    Llanelli:

Open from 9.30am until 5.00pm.

However, take note that the Wetland Centre is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

•    London:

ummer opening times (March 1st to October 31st 2018) — open from 9.30am until 5.30pm, with last admission at 4.30pm.

Winter opening times (November 1st 2018 to February 28th 2019) — open from 9.30am until 4.30pm, with last admission at 3.30pm.

 However, take note that the Wetland Centre closes at 3pm on Christmas Eve and is closed all day on Christmas Day.

•    Martin Mere:

Summer opening times (March 24th to November 2nd 2018) — Open from 9.30am until 6.00pm, with last admission at 5.00pm.

Winter opening times (November 3rd 2018 to March 23rd 2019) — Open from 9.30am until 4.30pm, with last admission at 3.30pm.

However, take note that the Wetland Centre closes at 3pm on Christmas Eve and is then closed on Christmas Day.

•    Slimbridge:

Summer opening times (April to October) — open from 9.30am until 5.30pm, with last admission at 4.30pm.

Winter opening times (November to March) — open from 9.30am until 5.00pm, with last admission at 4.00pm.

However, take note that the Wetland Centre closes at 3pm on Christmas Eve and is closed on Christmas Day.

•    Steart:

Open all-year round.

•    Washington:

Summer opening times (April to October) — open from 9.30am until 5.30pm, with last admission at 4.30pm.

Winter opening times (November to March) — open from 9.30am until 4.30pm, with last admission at 3.30pm.

However, take note that the Wetland Centre closes at 2pm on Christmas Eve and remains closed on Christmas Day.

•    Welney:

Summer opening times (March to October) — open from 9.30am until 5.00pm, with last admission at 4.30pm.

Winter opening times (November to February) — open from 10.00am until 5.00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with last admission at 4.30pm, and open from 10.00am until 8.00pm on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with last admission at 6.30pm.

However, take note that the Wetland Centre is closed on Christmas Day.

Official website

wwt.org.uk

National Space Centre

For an out-of-this-world experience, head to the award-winning National Space Centre, the UK’s largest planetarium! Take in some of the attraction’s grandest artefacts at the semi-transparent Rocket Tower, feel what it would be like to be an astronaut venturing away from Earth in the Into Space gallery, and take in some truly amazing shows at the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium.

Looking for something a little strange? Study a collection of unusual objects throughout the Space Oddities gallery. Or, the Orbiting Earth gallery will help you realise all of the satellites currently in space and their roles in our lives. Completing the experiences are The Universe and Our Solar System galleries — two facilities which are great if you ever wonder what’s beyond our planet.

Interesting fact

The Rocket Tower can be seen from all routes into Leicester, standing at 42 metres tall. It houses both Blue Streak and Thor Able rockets, not to mention the Apollo Lunar Lander, real Moon Rock and the Gagarin Experience. The National Space Centre is one of the UK's most accessible landmarks

Accessibility 

The National Space Centre caters to all visitors with mobility issues or accessibility needs. If you require a wheelchair upon arriving at the attraction, these are available on loan free of charge but subject to availability. The National Space Centre welcomes assistance dogs too, while the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium is fitted with an induction loop and has spaces for up to six wheelchairs.

Take a look at this page if you want to know much more about accessibility at the National Space Centre. 

Address

National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NS.

Opening times

The National Space Centre is open from 10.00am until 4.00pm from Monday to Saturday, as well as from 10.00am until 5.00pm on Sundays. 

There will be special events at the attraction which will see it also open throughout the evening, with members of the public encouraged to keep an eye on their detailed on-site calendar to find out more. 

Official website

spacecentre.co.uk

Photo: Jason Benz Bennee / Shutterstock.com

Chill Factore

Right near the ever-popular shopping spot, The Trafford Centre, Chill Factore is a brilliant day out for everyone. The recipient of the Manchester Tourism ‘Access for All’ Award in 2010, the attraction not only provides both snowboard and ski lessons for all levels, but also entertaining snow activities like tubing and a luge ice slide. There’s even a 12-metre climbing wall, as well as cafes, bars, restaurants and a host of the UK’s leading outdoor clothing shops along the site’s authentic Alpine Street.

Interesting fact

If you love ski slopes, you need to check out Chill Factore’s indoor ski slope, as it’s the biggest in the UK at 180 metres! Don’t worry if you don’t feel confident in skiing down this slope just yet though, as the attraction is also host to a 40-metre beginner slope. 

Accessibility

Chill Factore mainly spans a ground floor level, with additional facilities on the first floor with lift access. Nationwide registered charity, Disability Snowsport UK, also has its home at Chill Factore, where it provides adaptive skiing to individuals with any disability — whether this includes physical, sensory or learning problems. 

Head to Chill Factore’s Accessibility page for further information.

Address

Chill Factore, Trafford City, 7 Trafford Way, Manchester, M41 7JA (sat-nav systems may not recognise the M41 postcode. If that’s the case, visitors are advised to use the older postcode: M17 8DD).

Opening times

Opening times of Chill Factore vary throughout the year and are also different depending on which part of the attraction you’re hoping to use. However, the main entrance is open from 7.00am until 12.00am all week between Monday April 16th and Sunday October 21st 2018.

For specific times regarding different facilities, please click here.

Official website

chillfactore.com

Emirates Spinnaker Tower

For a view of the south coast like no other, head to the Emirates Spinnaker Tower. Spread across a trio of sky-high viewing decks — which you can reach via a high-speed lift — the attraction also has an exhilarating ‘Sky Walk’ that’s made of glass and is placed 100 metres above sea level. True thrill-seekers can also arrange an abseil 100 metres down the side of the renowned building, while The Drop is new to 2018 and involves a harnessed descent from the waterside landmark. The High Tea Experience is suited to those looking for a more relaxing visit, while fun-filled events take place at the site throughout the year too — comedy nights, Christmas parties and a New Year’s Eve party to name a few!  Emirates Spinaker is among the UK's most accessible landmarks

Interesting fact

The Tower stands at 170 metres tall, with views of Portsmouth, the Solent, and all the way over to the Isle of Wight!

Accessibility

The view deck and The Clouds site, which sit at 100 metres and 105 metres above sea level respectively, have lift access. However, the Sky Deck — the highest view deck of the Emirates Spinnaker Tower — can only be accessed by stairs. There’s also a hearing loop available from the attraction’s reception, while guided tours can be arranged — though pre-booking is essential. Once inside Emirates Spinnaker Tower, there are three disabled toilets.

Click here to read the full details of accessibility at the Emirates Spinnaker Tower. 

Address

Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3TT.

Opening times

General admissions: open daily from 10.00am, with last entry at 5.30pm.

Waterfront Café: open daily from 9.30am until 6.00pm, though last orders are at 5.30pm.

Official website

spinnakertower.co.uk

Photo: asiastock / Shutterstock.com.

Beamish Museum

Take a trip through the ages with Beamish, the world-famous open-air museum dedicated to the tale of the North East of England’s past. Those at the museum can visit a pre-World War One town, a pit village, a farm in operation during the Second World War, a colliery, picturesque Pockerley Old Hall, and Rowley Railway Station as it was in Edwardian time. Enjoy a ride on the Beamish Tramway to experience a form of travel that is becoming rarer these days, while plans are also in place to expand Beamish Museum with a 1950s town, upland farm and Georgian coaching inn in the months and years to come. 

Interesting fact

In 1987, Beamish Museum was crowned European Museum of the Year!  Beamish is one of the UK's most accessible landmarks

Accessibility

There are a few uneven ground areas in Beamish. There are steep slopes, while a few buildings and exhibits have stepped access. The companion or carer of a disabled visitor is admitted into Beamish Museum free of charge, while a disabled child under five years old and their parent are also not required to pay admission. Once inside, free wheelchair hire is available from the Entrance Building — assistance dogs and motorised scooters are welcome throughout the museum, too. 

Much more information about accessibility at Beamish Museum is available here. 

Address

Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG.

Opening times

Until October 28th 2018, Beamish Museum is open daily from 10.00am until 5.00pm, though last admission is at 3.00pm.

From October 29th 2018 to April 5th 2018, Beamish Museum is open daily from 10.00am until 4.00pm, though last admission is at 3.00pm. However, take note that Beamish Museum will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and on Mondays and Fridays from January 8th until February 15th.

Official website

beamish.org.uk

Photo: Chris Jenner/shutterstock.com

Coca-Cola London Eye

The UK’s most popular paid-for visitor attraction, the Coca-Cola London Eye was opened in the year 2000. Guests who enjoy a ride on this attraction are provided with a unique perspective of London. There are plenty of events to take part in when inside one of the Coca-Cola London Eye’s pods too, including the opportunities to enjoy barre or yoga classes with a twist courtesy of Time Out London.

Interesting fact

At 135 metres, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the largest cantilevered observation wheel in the world. 

Accessibility

The site has facilities for the elderly and disabled, with boarding ramps for wheelchair user and T Loop facilities for those with visual or hearing impairments. A limited number of wheelchairs is also available for loan at the site’s customer service desk, while mobility scooters, wheelchairs and assistance dogs are all permitted as well. 

Head to this page if you want to read the full details of accessibility at the Coca-Cola London Eye. 

Address

The Coca-Cola London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB.

Opening times

Typically, the Coca-Cola London Eye opens at 10.00am and closes at between 6.00pm and 8.30pm. However, opening times vary throughout the year. 

Official website

londoneye.com

 

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