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Accessible, educational days out around the UK

With the school summer holidays just around the corner, bring the classroom with you this summer, with Accessible Guide’s top educational days out.

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Just because the school term has come to a close, doesn’t mean you have to press pause on learning! If you’re looking for ideas for places to visit in your Motability Scheme car this summer, look no further. You can keep the kids (and parents) absorbing as much as they can, with a fun-filled, family day out in at an educational attraction around the UK.

Educational days out are a great way to build on topics the kids may have already touched on in school, as well as introducing new subjects and combining fun and learning to keep their neurones buzzing!

We’ve partnered with Rough Guide to Accessible Britain to bring you our top five recommendations based on reviews from disabled visitors and their families. So, whether you have a budding historian or scientist in the family, discover a fun, accessible, educational day out.

Magna Science Adventure Centre, Yorkshire

Magna Science CentreBuilt inside what was once one of the world’s biggest steelworks, Magna Science Adventure Centre in Yorkshire celebrates science with a raft of interactive exhibits. Visitors can operate a JCB, fire a super-soaking hose and marvel as the steel mill’s original arc furnace is fired up for The Big Melt.

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The Eden Project, Cornwall

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For those living or holidaying in the South West, Cornwall’s Eden Project offers visitors the chance to explore the plant life of the Mediterranean, California and Cape Town, as well as trekking through the jungles of Malaysia, West Africa and South America, all in one accessible day out. A visit to the iconic dome glasshouses, the Biomes, is a feel-good trip to learn about the botanical world and conservation.

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Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh   

Dynamic Earth imageTravel back in time to learn about the history of our planet at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. The attraction is situated in the shadow of the long extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat, and offers visitors the chance to board a “time machine” – with clever use of video and sound – and learn about the creation of the universe through a series of 3D, 4D and interactive exhibits.

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National Space Centre, Leicestershire

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Visit the UK’s largest planetarium and exhibition on space exploration at the National Space Centre in Leicestershire. Whether it’s filming and broadcasting your own weather forecast in the Weather Pod or enjoying one of the captivating 30 minute films in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium, visitors of all ages will be kept entertained throughout the day.

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ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum

Think Tank B'hamThinkTank is a fun, family-friendly museum which covers past, present and future technologies throughout its exhibitions. During your visit you can meet the museum’s resident drum-playing robot or take your time exploring a full-size Spitfire, while learning more about Birmingham’s key role in manufacturing these aeroplanes. ThinkTank regularly hosts BSL-interpreted events, more information of which is available on its website.

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The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain series has been developed in association with the Motability Scheme.

For more information or to see more attractions, head to our Accessible Guide webpage, here .

Photo credits: Main image - National Space Centre Leicester, Magna Science Adventure Centre, The Eden Project -, Our Dynamic Earth Edinburgh - istock images, National Space Centre Leicester and Birmingham Museums Trust