Saga Magazine Rates The UK's Top Accessible Attractions

The UK can sometimes be an intimidating location for accessibility, with often cramped roads and even busier public transport. But despite the ancient heritage of many the nation's biggest cities, special care has been taken in many cities across the country to give wheelchair users and individuals with mobility issues full access to the storied spectacles of Britain.

Saga Magazine goes over the best of these attractions in the UK, finding a range of standard-setting museums, ferries, castles and historical sites across a number of cities, many with wide-doored lifts, disabled toilets, touch tours and large print guides available. And while many attractions are based in "listed buildings" (older buildings that have legal protections due to their heritage and cultural importance), accessibility adjustments are very common, with ancient and domineering landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, built in the 12th century on an extinct volcano, having courtesy vehicles available at reception and wide-access lifts installed.

Smaller cities have a great deal to offer wheelchair travellers too, with attractions such as the mighty Mary Rose in Portsmouth and the Sea Life Centre in Brighton being stellar examples of how to make seemingly-inaccessible exhibits truly public. Concessions for carers are also common, often waiving entrance fees entirely.

For more information on the best of these attractions across ten major cities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, visit Saga Magazine's feature on accessible attractions across the UK.

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