Wheelchair travel in the UK is easier than you think ... photo by CC user 8405496@N04 on Flickr

Great Britain is amidst the most wheelchair accessible countries in Europe. From the beautiful green countryside to one of the most famous capitals in the world, London, accessible travel has always been the UK Government’s top priority. And organizations such as Accessible England can help you plan your trip by providing all wheelchair users with practical information and advice on where to go or where to stay.

If you are traveling to the UK for your next vacation, here are some useful tips on how to plan every element of your trip.

Accessible Airports

Travelers to the UK will find many airports which take wheelchair accessibility into account, and some of these airports are amongst the best in the world. All major London airports are highly praised for their use of ramps and wheelchair friendly walkways. But in 2013, it was Birmingham Airport which was named the most accessible airport in the UK. With Birmingham Airport having a central location in the UK, it makes the ideal base for someone who wishes to tour the country. Other accessible airports outside of London include Manchester, Bristol and East Midlands.

Please be aware that if you need any special requirements, some pre-arrangements may need to be made with the airport and airline before you travel. To check the facilities of your chosen airport, it is advised to make appropriate inquiries before booking.

Mobility Cars / Public Transport

London has been listed as one of the most wheelchair friendly cities in Europe and it’s easy to see why with such an advanced network of public transport systems, all with disabled access. One of the easiest ways to get around the city is by bus or by taxi (both services offering excellent accessibility to passengers). An alternative is hiring or purchasing a mobility vehicle so you can easily tour the country with family members.

Rail services across the entire country are now much more accessible than they used to be, and there are also many coach companies such as National Express and Megabus which have wheelchair ramps.

Where to Stay

Accessible accommodation is now very easy to find anywhere in the UK – not just in the major cities. Whether you are looking for somewhere to stay in the beautiful English countryside or somewhere central, the Quality Assessment and Star Rating system will help you select the best possible service. Using strict criteria, UK assessors can ensure that accommodation businesses such as hotels and B&Bs offer the highest standards – and this includes accessibility for the disabled. If you prefer a bit more privacy, you can also search for privately owned, self-catering apartments through websites such as AirBNB