London is one of those huge modern-day metropolises that everyone has to visit at some point in their life. It’s home to some of the most significant cultural artifacts, as well as unbeatable scenes for music and theatre, gastronomy, museums, and fashion. No matter what your interests are, there’s something for everyone in England’s capital.
However, there’s one thing London’s still working on, and that’s making their tourist attractions accessible for everyone. If this is something that’s preventing you from visiting, here are some helpful hints about getting around London.
Transport for London (TfL) has made some major leaps when it comes to accessible transport. Most of London’s vast transport network is fully accessible, but to avoid getting yourself in a sticky situation, download TfL’s accessible journey planner so you can plan your journey safely.
As well as the tube and busses, regional trains running between Central London and Gatwick Airport are fully accessible and have accessible ramps and carriages specially designed for wheelchairs.
Seeing London from the Thames is a very special thing indeed and is an accessible activity that allows you to take in the city at a slow pace. Escape the crowds and gaze at the mighty buildings on the Southbank, the Parliament buildings, and Saint Paul’s from the comfort of a boat.
Such tours are fully accessible with ramps fitted on board, disabled toilet facilities, and (sometimes) even 50% discounts on tickets for wheelchair users and their companion. Blind passengers can usually travel completely free of charge.
The Natural History Museum
Never ones to exclude visitors from their immersive exhibitions, The Natural History Museum has made their space fully accessible with audio descriptions, braille, large print guides, and a British Sign Language interpreter to make their bountiful knowledge sharable with everyone.
They also have an autism-friendly Dawnosaurs event that allows children with sensory processing disorders to visit the museum before opening hours to minimize sensory overload and social anxiety.
You can’t come to London and not visit the Royal Family’s crib! Adorned in finery, the like of which you’ve never seen before, wheelchair users can just as easily peruse the celestial State Rooms, Queen’s Gallery, and the Royal Mews. Rollators and wheelchairs can be hired free of charge at the venue. Additionally, if you’re going on a tour, you can get a free audio guide or British Sign Language video guide.
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