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Northumberland tourism's "silver" award

Seven of our tourist attractions have been praised for helping older and less able guests enjoy their experience Photo:

Seven of Northumberland’s tourist attractions have been cited for their positive contribution to helping older and less able guests enjoy stress free days out, according to a new report from Silver Travel Advisor, the travel review and advice site for mature travellers.

Alnwick Gardens’ level site, disabled parking, clear information to help less able visitors get the most of their visit, free motility scooter hire, concessions for older guests and free entry for carers were given particular mention in the review.

The Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne was praised for its lift access to all floors, freely available seating that includes light, portable seating, talking audio guides and listening posts, hearing induction loops, large print and gallery plans in braille.

Northumberland is the latest UK region to come under the scrutiny of the site, who published the results of first hand research into the accessibility and the appeal of UK tourist attractions for mature and less mobile travellers.

Silver Travel Advisor member, grandmother and keen traveller Pamela Walker from Benfleet took a trip south of the border to one of her favourite counties to help draw up the short-list and check-out Northumberland’s age-friendly attractions.

“I was struck by the effort made by so many of Northumberland’s tourist attractions to cater for people with reduced mobility or age-related limitations and how customer oriented and friendly they are.

A lot of the websites included helpful information about accessibility but it’s often worth a phone call to a property before a visit, especially for those wanting to book wheelchairs”.

– Pamela Walker
Howick Hall Gardens, one of the attractions praised.

“We were incredibly impressed with the level of consideration and detail that Northumberland’s tourist attractions have gone to in order to accommodate older or less able guests.

Many of them offer mobility scooters, lifts and ramps, and all the sites visited have gone to great lengths to ensure the comfort and welcome of the UK’s ageing population”.

– Silver Travel Advisor’s MD, Debbie Marshall

Silver Travel Advisor’s review of the top tourist sites in Northumberland for silver travellers appears on www.silvertraveladvisor.com at the following link.