Top accessible city breaks in the UK
A weekend city break in the UK is a fun way to explore somewhere new! With innovative museums, good nightlife or amazing architecture, here are our top five cities for an exciting accessible trip.
Good for: A short city break with lots of history.
A storybook city with a cathedral and a castle perched at the top of Steep Hill, Lincoln is a history-lover’s delight! In Uphill, the ancient castle has been made accessible with a hoist in the toilet and a turret-shaped lift to the castle walls. Here you’ll find some of the city’s trendiest bars and restaurants overlooking Downhill’s neighbourhoods, shopping streets and the lively Brayford Waterfront. Watch out for cobbles on Steep Hill and avoid them altogether with the Steep Hill Shuttle, a bus service which connects the two parts of the city. Read more about disabled access in Lincoln.
Top tip: The future of the Steep Hill Shuttle is uncertain, but if you are visiting for a day you can also use the city’s Open-Top Bus to reach the Cathedral Quarter.
Good for: Family days out and student nights.
If you’re chasing sunshine in Scotland, head to Dundee! This sunny city is full of character from its comical statues to its maritime history and famous Dundee cake. Compact with a large student population and creative buzz, Dundee is lively and energetic! Look out for the new V&A Dundee opening in September 2018.
Top tip: Download this guide to Dundee’s accessible highlights.
Good for: Live music and culture.
The city that brought the world the Beatles, Liverpool is a haven for live music, art and culture! The city’s art galleries and wonderfully accessible museums can be explored by day; while at night the Cavern Quarter comes alive with music and open mic nights. It’s not just about arts though, as Liverpool is also home to passionate football-fans and their two Premier League Football Clubs! Discover accessible places in Liverpool.
Top tip: Several of Liverpool’s museums have Changing Places toilets! It’s worth getting a National Museums Liverpool card for discounts and extras if you plan to explore lots of the city’s museums.
Good for: Summer festivals and fireworks.
The Scottish capital is home to the world’s largest arts festival and is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. It’s a place where quirky medieval skyscrapers stand near elegant tenement blocks; rocky hills meet lush green parks; and where you can choose between ice-cream at the beach or street-food around town; it is no surprise that Edinburgh is the UK’s second most popular destination after London. Don’t let its age put you off, this city is full of surprisingly accessible haunts! Find accessible things to do in Edinburgh.
Top tip: Use the ultra-accessible trams to move between the airport and the city centre.
Good for: Quiet contemplation and beautiful buildings.
Famed for its university, Oxford is popular with students and scholars who flock to its legendary library and halls. Aside from its studious atmosphere, Oxford is a surprisingly lively city with busy taverns and pubs, bistros and cafes, as well as the beautiful and accessible Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons. Read more about disabled access in Oxford.
Top tip: Don’t forget to look up as you explore the city; Oxford is full of gargoyles who keep a watchful eye over the colleges…
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