The school holidays are here, and with the weather being as lovely as it is, you’ll likely want to get out of the house for some fresh air and some quality time with family and friends.
It can be hard to know where to go that is easily accessible for people with disabilities or that require mobility aids, so we’ve put together list of 5 of the most accessible tourist attractions in Wales to help you plan activities over the holidays.
1. St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff
Traditional crafts and activities bring St Fagans alive, in workshops where craftsmen still demonstrate their traditional skills such as bread baking and crafts involving wood fires and animals – excellent for those with learning difficulties or sensory impairments. Dedicated disabled car parking and ramps are provided to nearly all buildings. A motorised Disabled Tour Vehicle (DTV) is available to transport visitors around the site.
2. Caernarfon Castle
It’s not easy to make a medieval fortress accessible to people with disabilities, but, thanks to the input of a local access group, Caernarfon Castle now has a purpose-built ramp which allows wheelchair-users to access all the inner wards. Disabled visitors are welcome free of charge – along with their carers.
3. Coasteering, Pembrokeshire
Coasteering specialists Celtic Quest in Pembrokeshire can tailor their daredevil activities to suit just about anyone, including deaf, blind, hearing-impaired and sight-impaired children and adults, as well as those with learning difficulties and limited mobility. Their coasteering kit makes you so buoyant, you don’t even need to be a strong swimmer.
4. Red Kite Spotting, Cambrian Mountains
Bwlch Nant yr Arian forest park in the Cambrian Mountains in Mid Wales is one of the best places in Wales to spot red kites. Some of the Waymarked Walks are specifically built for people with restricted mobility to enjoy the amazing views of the lakes and mountains. The Vale of Rheidol railway near Aberystwyth offers an unforgettable journey through the beautiful Rheidol Valley by narrow gauge steam train. It offers wheelchair users the chance to sit back and enjoy some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery, including the beauty spot of Devil’s Bridge.
5. Clwyd Special Riding Centre, Wrexham
Whether you’re a confident equestrian or an absolute beginner, Clwyd’s Special Riding Centre welcomes over 200 people of all ages with special needs every week who benefit from the pleasure and stimulation of riding, carriage-driving and equestrian vaulting – described as like gymnastics on horseback. This unique venue also provides residential riding holidays for groups of people with special needs from all over the UK and abroad.