Are you thinking of taking your CareCo mobility scooter on your city break but worried about accessibility? Even when visiting family and friends, it’s hard to know what mobility scooter accessibility will be like. Some places are adequate – you won’t struggle but they hardly make for a pleasurable experience when you’re a mobility scooter user. Some UK destinations go over and above minimum legal requirement. The following list of some great city destinations with superb accessibility.
Bath in Somerset
Home to the Royal Crescent, Roman Baths and a spectacular Abbey, Bath is the jewel of the county and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a relatively modern city with most buildings dating to the 18th-19th century with the exception of the older structures near the centre. Even the Roman Baths underwent some modification in this period to make it a spa town. Most of Bath is flat with long, wide and open boulevards reminiscent of these period cities. With plenty of modern, adapted museums, Bath is a great place to visit. Even No. 1 Royal Crescent (the museum house) is large enough for wheelchairs.
Chester in Cheshire
Although most of the historic buildings are Tudor, the famous Chester Rows date back to the 13th century. Chester got rich on the medieval wool trade – one of Edward I’s most successful market towns. With such a rich history from before a time there was even such a thing as a wheelchair or a mobility scooter, you’d be surprised to learn just how accessible Chester is. The Rows are accessible and there are custom guides explaining how wheelchair and mobility scooter users may fully enjoy them. Even the world famous zoo has gone all out to ensure people with disabilities may visit and enjoy the full experience.
Edinburgh in Scotland
Located on the Firth of Forth, the Scottish capital draws millions of people every year. With hundreds of years of history, it’s a vibrant, modern and open city. Much of the landscape is flat (with a few hills sloping down from the High Street into New Town) with wide, open boulevards for pedestrians and mobility scooter users alike. Even the imposing castle atop a craggy cliff has a relatively easy approach (via a slope in the Old Town). These rises shouldn’t be too problematic thanks to the bridges, ramps and gentle slopes around the High Street. Wheelchair users may find a little more difficulty, but Edinburgh has done everything it can to improve mobility. Nor will you experience difficulty using the tram system.
Exeter in Devon
The City Council strived for many years to make the historic city a great place for mobility scooter users. Exeter was once an important port. It has an impressive cathedral and many historic buildings hinting at its medieval wealth. Around 10 years ago, the new shopping development of Princesshay was designed with accessibility in mind. It’s a smooth, flat, open area that carries many foot passengers and is great for both wheelchair and mobility scooter users. Even the various medieval ruins are open enough to get mobility vehicles in and out without too much difficulty. There is an incline towards to quayside but it too is a wide and open area.
York in Yorkshire
York is another historic city with a lot of heritage with one of the oldest gothic style cathedrals in Europe. York Minster is the main reason most people visit but its plethora of historic buildings and chocolate making also makes it a great draw for the visitor. Founded as a Saxon town later taken over by Vikings, it is set out on a simple plan. With plenty of modern museums and wide, open streets in most places, you won’t experience much difficulty getting around. The Minster is accessible and aside from a few cobbled streets, it’s a fairly simple place to get around in your CareCo mobility scooter.