Meet the contributors
Emma West – Guide foreword writer
“If you have specific access requirements, or care for someone who does, it makes planning for a day out much more complex. The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is such a valuable resource for simplifying that process and opening up options for exploring the incredible venues we have on our doorstep in the UK. It’s widely acknowledged how good being outside is for our mental health too, so I’m proud to be involved in celebrating the attractions which have made great efforts to ensure a great day out for everyone, regardless of any physical, mental health or cognitive condition"
“A visit to Armagh in Northern Ireland isn't complete without seeing the Navan Centre and Fort. One of Ireland's most important archaeological sites, it provides a valuable insight into how people lived in this area during that period, 3000 years ago. A far cry from normal life, I sat in a reconstruction of a traditional house and heard about life all those centuries ago. Listening to tales from that time painted a fantastic picture of life as an Iron Age settler, although the smoke billowing out from the real fire made my eyes water somewhat! A short distance away, there are the remnants of the real Iron Age fort and settlement”
“I particularly love Stanwick Lakes because of how versatile it is; whether I go with my young nephews and they spend the day playing in the multiple play areas or I take my dogs for a walk around the lake, it’s always a lovely day out and really enjoyable"
“I really loved visiting the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. It's perfect for any weather and is close to the town centre, which has lots of nice restaurants. The museum has a clear layout, making it easy to get around, with lots of interactive displays. Staff are lovely and well trained for access needs. my favourite parts of the museum are being able to watch shipwrights making boats using traditional techniques and tools and seeing the fish outside in the marina itself through the huge underwater windows!."
Gillian Scotford and Jane Carver
“We are delighted to contribute to The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain and to share our experiences of a few of the places which provide a warm and inclusive welcome. The provision of information, facilities and services for visitors with autism, such as sensory stories, quiet spaces and a more understanding, flexible approach from staff, has been particularly good to see on our travels. Our favourite place is Sandcastle Waterpark in Blackpool, which is absolutely dedicated to being accessible for all. What particularly sets them apart if their friendly, understanding and helpful staff who really do go the extra mile to provide a warm welcome to everyone. As parents of children with autism we know how challenging trips out can be, so it's great to find venues that make a special effort."