Summer is now official, where we will all be looking forward to having weekend trips to the seaside, countryside or city. Stratstone Motability has some brilliant ideas for easily accessible days, weekends and activities to ensure you make the most of your summer!
ChesterChester is renowned for its heritage of ancient Roman architecture, which is remarkably still observable 2000 years later. The historic depth of the city oozes cultural magnificence which can be admired through the preserved Roman walls surrounding the city. Stroll through the authentic cobbled streets, which are mostly accessible for wheelchair and mobility scooter users.
A feature that makes the city unique is the Rows, which is a series of half-timbered arcades forming shops, bars and restaurants above the street. Again, this is fully accessible for wheelchair users, which allows an exclusive experience amongst all other cities. The option for city sight-seeing is also available via a hop-on hop-off bus service, which allows a guided tour of the beautiful city at your mobility convenience.
If you are staying for longer than a day or fancy a spot of shopping on your way home, Cheshire Oaks is the UK's largest Designer Outlet. The site prides itself on being fully accessible and spacious with 360,000 square foot of retail space, giving way for 145 boutiques, bars, restaurants and cafes. If you really want to stretch out and make the most of your trip, Chester Zoo, which also prioritises mobility access, is only a 10-minute drive away from the outlet!
Shopmobility (powered and manual wheelchair hire)
Designated parking for blue badge holders
Accessible public toilets
Accessible changing places
The Hytte, NorthumberlandWhy not venture out to this accessible, self-catering holiday cottage in Northumberland? Accommodating a maximum of eight residents, this mountain lodge-designed cottage is well equipped, featuring a luxurious summer house, sauna and hot tub. Not forgetting the decked terrace, which is perfect for watching the famous Bingfield sunset over the glorious countryside. The Hytte is especially designed as a great 'get together' venue for families and friends, which caters for a range of disability requirements, providing the maximum comfort for all of its guests.
Set in over an acre of private land, the cottage offers wheelchair accessibility to most of the beautiful gardens and grounds. After getting settled in at the cottage, Northumberland National Park is right on your doorstep, offering 400 square miles of rolling hills, freedom and fresh air.
If it's authenticity you're after, Hadrian's wall, built nearly 2000 years ago, is a World Heritage site offering unique history amongst breath-taking views. Northumbria's tempestuous past inhabits more castles, bastles and pele towers than anywhere in the country. One of the hottest tourist spots is Alnwick Castle, which is the famous setting for Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films.
Wheelchair accessible garden furniture
Wheelchair accessibility within the onsite gardens
Local electric wheelchair and mobility scooter repairs and hire
Fully disability accessible spacious cottage
Wheelchair accessibility within the castle
The Scotch Whiskey Experience in EdinburghIf you're a whiskey lover or just love a road trip, then Edinburgh is the place for you. Located in the heart of the historic city, the Scotch Whiskey Experience is situated right next to Edinburgh Castle within the Old Town of Edinburgh - which in itself offers a fabulous authentic feel.
After visiting numerous bars, restaurants and shops supplying the finest scotch whiskey, the tour offers a 'scotch whiskey barrel ride', providing a sensory experience within 'the sense of Scotland room'. The listed buildings and the barrel ride offer full accessibility for those with restricted mobility and accommodates for various disabilities, ensuring a hassle-free experience for everyone. To conclude the tour, visitors can take a moment to admire the display of 3500 bottles of prized scotch whiskey.
Afterwards, take the time to explore the major sites within Edinburgh castle, including crown square, the great hall, the national war museum of Scotland and of course plenty of restaurants and shops. This area is especially picturesque, so it would be a shame not to take in the culture with afternoon tea at one of the many hospitable cafes within the medieval grounds.
Full disability access within the Scotch Whiskey Experience (including the barrel ride)
Disabled parking (please book in advance)
Mobility vehicle (for access to steep slopes)
Free access for carers and assistance dogs
Braille guidebooks available
Truro, CornwallTruro, as Cornwall's only city, captivates a tourist hotspot compromising a vibrant centre of culture, shopping and inspiring architecture. The city is unique due to an array of independent traders which deliver a certain cafe culture. Combined with the surrounding countryside emerging upon the edges of the urban, Truro city attracts tourists every year with its exclusive artistic ambiance.
Much of the city centre is accessible to disabled visitors due to the majority of flat land and the Shopmobility scheme within the centre allows scooter hire if necessary. Easy access leaves no excuse to head for the celebrated Lemon Street Market in Truro, comprised of boutiques, food stalls and an art gallery, offering a delightful treat like no other.
If you want to break away from the hustle and bustle then why not take advantage of Truro's selection of parks and open spaces such as Victoria Gardens, Boscawen Park and Bosvigo Gardens. Here you can admire the wonderful summer gardens at your own pace, taking in the fresh Cornish air. In addition to the charming gardens, Bosvigo Gardens invites its guests to a private tour of the historic well-kept historic Georgian house and offers light lunches and tea with prior arrangement.
Disabled changing place toilet facilities
Full wheelchair accessibility in the gardens and to the private tour