The spring and summer months are fantastic times of the year to consider a weekend break. The days are getting longer, and the weather is improving all the time. However, if you are a wheelchair user choosing a weekend break that offers easy access and travel can be a challenge. Luckily throughout the UK and Europe cities are making themselves accessible to all travellers. We’ve highlighted our top 5 weekend breaks with wheelchair access below. Hopefully, these will inspire your next short break.
The Spanish city of Barcelona has so much to offer for the weekend traveller, from tapas through to the stunning architecture of Gaudi. The city also ensures that wheelchairs users are at the forefront of their tourism plans. Wheelchair users get priority access to the cities tourist hotspots, buses and the Metro system are easy to use, with ramps and low-level access. Another benefit of Barcelona is that it is relatively cobble free and has wooden paths leading directly onto the beach – you can even hire a beach-friendly wheelchair.
Ljubljana is a green, flat and often overlooked as an option for a weekend break. The city is also forward thinking with its accessibility plans. Accessibility is now part of all government policy, with an advisory committee for the elderly and people with disabilities directly involved in policymaking. The result, amongst others, is free train and funicular travel throughout the pedestrianised centre so you can enjoy the sites with ease.
Winner of the Access City Award 2016, Milan has made significant improvements to make the city accessible to all. The two airports serving central Milan, the train network and tourist attractions are all wheelchair friendly. The main tourist sites are great for the wheelchair uses as well. The Piazza del Duomo should be your starting point, it is a fantastic place to visit, not only for its flat open spaces but for the wealth of culture in the surrounding area.
Berlin is one of the most accessible European cities to visit for a weekend break. A large number of flights and serve the city daily, and its transport system is excellent. Adding wide streets, culture and history into the mix makes Berlin a top option for the wheelchair traveller.
A weekend break doesn’t have to involve European travel. The UK has a wide variety of holiday options that are wheelchair friendly. Take Manchester, for example, a city that is regularly named the best place to live in the UK and has plenty to offer the weekend visitor. Alternatively, London’s tourist network is more than suitable for visitors with a disability. London’s refurbished transport hubs often have lifts available, and staff are always on hand to help you on and off the system.
As a wheelchair user bathing in an unfamiliar location can be a daunting prospect. Before booking any accommodation, it is vital to speak to check their wheelchair accessibility options if you’re ever unsure we recommend talking to the manager in advance. At Bathing Solutions, we know the importance of easily accessible bathrooms, which is why we offer bathrooms that are explicitly designed to accommodate wheelchairs.