The latest edition of the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is out now, featuring over 200 comprehensive reviews of accessible and inspiring days out that have been visited and thoroughly researched by people with a disability, their family members and carers.
The eighth edition of the award-winning Guide is packed with over 200 comprehensive reviews and through a collaboration with the Carers Trust and the National Autistic Society, this new edition features even more information relevant to carers and those with hidden disabilities.
Produced in association with Motability, this latest edition of the Guide features 25 new venue reviews that includes outdoor attractions such as Legoland, Belfast Zoo and Powis Castle. All the expert reviews from the previous edition have been updated and refreshed, with over 85 outdoor attractions and scenic drives that could appeal to Motability drivers looking to take their cars out and about more.
The new guide also contains lots of great outdoor garden attractions such as the jungles at the Eden Project in Cornwall, Kew Gardens in London and the garden for the senses at Alnwick Gardens in Northumberland.
According to research* carried out for the Rough Guide team more than 50 per cent of people with a disability, family members or their carers spend between 2 and 5 hours preparing for a day out, with one in ten reporting that they spend more than a day doing research before setting off on an excursion.
Writing about the latest Guide Emma West, who penned the foreword to this year's edition said: “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"
Like the previous edition this year's Guide is split into regional chapters, plus it also includes helpful information on where to eat near all of the featured venues, best accessible places to visit for free and tips on nearby parking and public transport, all reviewed by writers who have a physical, cognitive or mental health condition themselves or by visitors who have been to the attraction with a disabled friend or relative.
Find inspiration for a great accessible day out with the latest edition of the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, featuring even more ideas and advice to help make getting out and about easier for everyone.
Rough Guides have been producing travel guides since 1982, helping over 35 million travellers explore the world with accurate, honest and informed travel writing that's perfect for days out, short breaks and longer holidays.
The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is created in partnership with Motability, the UK scheme that helps people with a disability get mobile by exchanging their qualifying Mobility Allowance to lease a new car, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV), scooter or powered wheelchair.
*The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain survey was completed online by 541 respondents. 456 people received the Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment, 61 were carers for someone with a disability and 17 preferred not to say.