Revealed: The best travel destinations for those with accessibility issues
Travel is a fantastic way to broaden the mind. It offers the opportunity to sample different attractions, cultures, food and languages.
However, in a recent survey we carried out, we found that almost half (45%) of travellers with accessibility issues experienced problems arranging access-friendly transport on holiday. A crying shame for those with limited access, as they often miss out on experiencing some of the world’s greatest delights.
Fortunately, Helping Hands has done the hard work for you and discovered the best nine travel destinations for those with limited accessibility.
Runner-up to Chester in the 2017 EU Access City of the Year, Rotterdam is home to great landmarks like the Euromast and Erasmus Bridge. Accessibility legislation in the Netherlands is very comprehensive meaning you won’t miss out on anything here.
This spa town places the active lifestyle of disabled and elderly citizens right at the heart of its efforts. Third in the 2017 EU Access City of the Year, public transport is particularly accessible here so you can quickly and easily explore the city’s many museums and exhibitions, not to mention its excellent beach.
Sample the Mediterranean heat by day then cool off in your own indoor pool at Villa Ampelitis in Paphos. Wheelchair-friendly with a pool hoist and moveable hoist, freshen up afterwards with four wheel-in wet rooms, height adjustable shower chairs and roll-under basins.
With 25 years’ experience in helping people with special needs, accessible Brittany holidays begin at Le Fosso. Boasting bilingual staff and delicious cuisine, this accommodation complex welcomes groups up to 35 strong so invite the entire family along.
Staying closer to home
Crowned EU Access City of the Year for 2017, this historic city boasts the hugely popular Chester Cathedral and Chester Zoo. Getting around is easy with all 192 taxis and 129 buses being wheelchair accessible.
If East Anglia appeals, base yourself at Incleborough House near Cromer. This Grade II listed B&B has extra wide door frames and a shower chair provision, fantastic when staying in the two-person Oakroom suite with an en suite wet room. There’s also the extra perk of having homemade cream cakes available every day!
For a traditionally English holiday, stay at The New Mayfair Hotel. With superb sea views and based a stones’ throw from Blackpool’s top notch attractions, the hotel also offers fully accessible excursions to the Lake District – a true UK gem.
See all the North York Moors have to offer by choosing Grindale House in Pickering. Friendly owner Colin has frequently sourced extra mobility equipment from the Red Cross over the years, although two contemporary barn conversion cottages are based on the ground floor anyway – with double en suite bedrooms to boot!
One of the UK’s sunniest regions, St Michael’s Hotel and Spa in Falmouth is your ideal base.
You’ll be eager to get out and explore, and you can do just that with low handled wardrobes and an en suite roll-in wet room with support rails aiding a swift transition. There are also in-room spa treatments available too!
Check our Helping Hands blog for even more practical advice on how to care for those with limited accessibility.