Charity warns tourist attractions lack wheelchair access

Just one third of the UK's top tourist attractions are fully wheelchair accessible, a disability charity has found.

The charity said tourist sites must do more to tackle the issue.

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Charity: Tourist sites 'not taking accessibility seriously'

A disability charity which has found that only one third of top UK tourist sites are wheelchair accessible said tourist attractions are not taking the issue seriously.

A disability charity has found that only one third of top UK tourist sites are wheelchair accessible. Credit: PA Wire

Vitalise's chief executive Chris Simmonds said: "The results of our survey show too many of Britain's tourist attractions are not taking accessibility seriously. That has got to improve."

These venues need to work just as hard on how they communicate essential accessibility information to people with disabilities. Our own research shows two thirds of disabled people decide against visiting attractions because of a lack of clear information about how accessible it is.

– Chris Simmonds, Vitalise

Vitalise, which provides short breaks for disabled people and their carers, asked 100 tourist destinations to provide information about their accessibility. Two thirds of those who replied admitted they were not fully accessible.

'Two thirds of UK tourist sites not wheelchair accessible'

Just one third of the UK's top tourist attractions are fully wheelchair accessible, a disability charity has found.

Just one third of the UK's top tourist attractions are fully wheelchair accessible. Credit: PA Wire

Vitalise, which provides short breaks for disabled people and their carers, asked the top 100 tourist destinations as rated by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions to provide information about their accessibility, receiving just 52 replies.

Of those, 33 were admitted they were not fully accessible to wheelchair users, while 13 had no disabled car parking spaces and the same number did not advertise the information on their websites.

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