Where to find information
Many kinds of holiday are organised specifically for disabled people including accessible hotels and B&Bs which can accommodate people in wheelchairs and where there are helpers and nurses available. You can get information from the specialist organisations listed below or you can talk to your local travel agent about your options. It’s also worthwhile contacting disability organisations to ask whether they run any adapted holiday accommodation.
National standards for disabled access and facilities in hotels and other holiday accommodation have been drawn up, with input from the Tourist Board and disability organisations. Travel agents and tour operators can give you details about the
accommodation they deal with. When making your holiday arrangements you should also ask how easy it is to get to the amenities you wish to visit, perhaps the beach, tourist attractions, local shops or the town centre, from where you will be staying.
The DisabledGo website provides online access guides to over 80,000 venues across the UK and Ireland. You can find detailed information about access to all kinds of places including; hotels, cinemas, hospitals, sports grounds, restaurants, council offices, parks and tourist attractions.
The online National Access Register allows you to search for shops, businesses, hotels, toilets etc which are accessible for disabled people.
Specialist holiday information
Tourism for All is national charity dedicated to making tourism welcoming to all. Its website Open Britain is a one-stop shop for accessible tourism in the UK providing you with a simple way to find accessible destinations and places to stay. It allows you to create the perfect holiday for you, tailored specifically to your access requirements, whether this means wheelchair access or just having good lighting. All of the properties on the site are self-assessed. You can call Tourism for All on 0845 124 9971.
If you are looking for some extra assurance look out for the DisabledGo or VisitEngland logo on venues that have been professionally assessed.
Holidays for people with sight impairment
The RNIB can advise on suitable holidays, hotels and ‘activity weeks’; for example, organised rambling or cultural holidays. Helpline: 0303 123 999.
Holidays and breaks for disabled people
3H Fund offers subsidised group holidays with volunteer helpers for physically disabled children and adults.
Accessible Boating provides holiday boats adapted for people with disabilities with hydraulic lifts for wheelchairs and hoists. Boats are available at Fleet and Odiham on the Basingstoke Canal.
The Bendrigg Trust, based in the Lake District, specialises in residential courses and outdoor activities for disabled people.
The Calvert Trust provides challenging activities specifically for disabled people, their families and friends including climbing, sailing, canoeing, swimming, archery or horse riding.
The Jubilee Sailing Trust offers sailing holidays and experiences where disabled and able-bodied people work together.
Revitalise is a national charity providing essential breaks for disabled people and carers. There is a respite centre at Netley Abbey, Southampton.