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Cultural Holidays

Although the UK has some beautiful beaches, the same cannot always be said about the weather...

Thankfully, one of the best things about holidaying in Britain - and one of the main reasons why over 30 million overseas visitors come here every year - is its rich tapestry of heritage, history and culture. From the Iron Age to the Industrial Revolution, museums to the Monarchy, cathedrals and stately homes, there’s so much to see and do, to explore and be entertained by.

Here we pick five of our favourite destinations across the UK where you can make the most of a disabled cultural or heritage break or holiday. Our top five destinations for a disabled cultural holiday include why you should go, where to stay and what you can sample whilst there:

 

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the festival capital of the world and a UNESCO world heritage site to boot. History and architecture combine to create a city that is cosmopolitan and a ‘must visit’ destination on anybody’s list. Accessibility has also been taken into account in a number of visitor attractions too: Explore Edinburgh’s murky past at the Edinburgh Dungeon, or, for something more tranquil, head to the Royal Botanical Gardens. There’s reception spaces with low counters, special scooters and wheelchairs for those with mobility issues, seating at regular intervals and water points for assistance dogs.If a cultural holiday in Edinburgh takes your fancy, take a look at the accessible Edinburgh accommodation we have available.

 

Gwynedd

Gwynedd

Gwynedd in north west Wales has some of the most beautiful scenery and is home to one of the most historically important sites in the UK. The national park of Snowdonia is in Gwynedd, where amongst the mountain ranges and lakes, you’ll find the longest zipwire in Europe - it’s accessible too. Caernarfon Castle is also in Gwynedd, a medieval fortress commissioned by Edward I as part of his attempts to conquer Wales. This UNESCO world heritage site was also the backdrop of the 15th century Wars of the Roses, as the rival houses of Plantagenet battled it out for the throne. The castle is free to enter and mostly accessible to wheelchair users, as well as welcoming assistance dogs. If you wish to revisit Welsh history and soak up some stunning Welsh scenery at the same time, see what accessible accommodation in Gwynedd we have available.

 

Wiltshire

Wiltshire

Wiltshire is home to Amesbury, the oldest settlement in the UK, dating back to 8820 BC. Wiltshire is also notable for its pre-Roman archaeology and evidence of its Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age past, with Stonehenge being the most famous. Mysterious Stonehenge is accessible to visitors in wheelchairs, while the surrounding area of Salisbury Plain and landscape of downland and valleys make for a peaceful, if slightly eerie holiday destination. Slightly further afield is the beautiful city of Bath, just over the border in Somerset. The spa city gets its name from and is home to well preserved Roman Baths, which again are accessible, if not for bathing in, but at least to visit and reflect on Britain’s past. The nearby Thermae Bath Spa, however, uses the same water and does allow swimming. So take a look at some of our accessible Wiltshire holiday properties and dive in!

 

Oxford

Oxford

If culture is defined as the number of fine dining restaurants per head of local population, plus the amount of museums and theatres, music venues and listed buildings, then, surprisingly Oxford comes out on top. As well as being home to England’s oldest university and, in the Ashmolean, oldest museum, it also has a haunted castle, a hotel that was once a jail and is a useful base for exploring the gorgeous countryside of the nearby Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace in Woodstock and Bicester Village, one of the UK’s best designer discount centres. Oxford’s many splendid academic colleges were also the backdrop to the Harry Potter films. For a cultural holiday that’s just wizard, book one of our accessible holiday properties in Oxford!

 

London

London

And, speaking of Harry Potter, you could spend a weekend, a week or even longer in London on a disabled cultural holiday and you still wouldn’t have enough time to visit, explore and soak everything up. The Warner Brothers Studio Tour, just outside London is where visitors can experience The Making of Harry Potter. See the Hogwarts Express, the Knight Bus and the Great Hall. Other accessible places of interest in London include the Science Museum, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. If you are thinking of going on a disabled cultural holiday to London, it might even be best if you picked a cultural ‘theme’ such as architecture, art, Royalty or sport and let that dictate the areas that you visit! Take a look at our wide selection of accessible accommodation in London.

 

Don’t forget that we don’t just arrange cultural holidays in the UK, we can also help you choose your perfect holiday abroad too. From Vienna to Vietnam, Indonesia to Italy, whatever takes your fancy and wherever you would like to explore or experience, let our expert team at DisabledHolidays.com make your cultural bucket wish list a reality!

 

To book your disabled cultural break, call us on 0161 804 9898 email us at enquiries@discoverholidays.co.uk or submit an enquiry.