Top wheelchair and scooter friendly towns across the UK
We’ve selected some of our favourite locations that are suitable for travel on your Motability Scheme scooter or powered wheelchair, to give you inspiration for some exciting days out this year.
With its Roman origins, glorious 12th century cathedral and picturesque quayside, Exeter is a one of the Southwest’s most rewarding and accessible venues. The city provides extensive facilities for disabled people including centrally located parking bays. The city centre is fairly compact and flat, and can be navigated with ease in a scooter or powered wheelchair.
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The ancient city of Chester was founded in 79 AD and boasts a spread of beautiful old buildings and historical sites, including the only full circuit of defensive walls in England. Two sections of the walls have ramped, step-free access and there is also access to the town’s four “Rows” – streets with raised covered walkways.
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St Albans, Hertfordshire
Spread over a hilltop, the cathedral city of St Albans offers one of the liveliest street markets in England as well as a medieval clock tower and the remains of a Roman theatre. Getting around the town centre is fairly straightforward and a number of car parks have Blue Badge spaces, as well as a Shopmobility Scheme in the centre of town.
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Harrogate is a historic and classy town packed with beautiful old manor houses, stately architecture and wonderful gardens. Visit the wheelchair accessible Royal Pump Room Museum or borrow a wheelchair or scooter to tour the fabulous RHS Garden Harlow Carr.
You may want to combine your trip to Harrogate with our One Big Day event taking place at the Yorkshire Event Centre on Saturday 13 August 2016. This is the perfect opportunity to discover everything you need to know about worry-free motoring with the Motability Scheme. It's free to attend and there are a huge range of cars, adaptations, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles, scooters and powered wheelchairs. Find out more here .
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St Andrews, Fife
The beautiful little town of St Andrews is widely known as the home of golf, and the university, where Prince William met Kate Middleton. But its golf that dominates and the British Golf Museum is fully accessible with a ramped entrance and level access inside. A short distance from the museum is West Sands Beach; why not stop here for a picnic on the grassy area that runs alongside. This town is fairly flat and straightforward to navigate – and there’s not too much ground to cover.
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The busy little town of Llangollen enjoys one of the most picturesque settings in Wales. There’s a steam railway with a specially adapted coach for wheelchair users and every year the town hosts a week long Eisteddfod of music and dance. The town is best reached by car with many Blue Badge spaces throughout.
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Derry, County Derry
Derry possesses a thriving arts scene and lively atmosphere amongst its old city walls which offer fantastic views across the city and River Foyle. Just outside the walls, the Foyleside Shopping Centre has lots of disabled parking bays and a Shopmobility Scheme.
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You can read the full reviews for these towns, as well as many more in the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain online at accessibleguide.co.ukOpens in new window . The online reviews are available for free and contain all the must-have accessibility information needed when planning a great day out.
Photo credits: Exeter, Chester, Harrrogate - visitengland.co.uk, Derry - visitderry.com, St Andrews - istock.com, Llangollen - Peter Livingstone.