The facilities on offer for disabled visitors in Britain are steadily improving. Recently designed or newly renovated buildings and public spaces provide lifts and ramps for wheelchair access (this information is given in the headings for each entry in this guide); specially designed toilets; grab rails; and, for the hearing-impaired, earphones.
Buses are also becoming increasingly accessible, and, if given advance notice, train, ferry or bus staff will help any disabled passengers. Ask a travel agent about the Disabled Persons Railcard, which entitles you to discounted rail fares.
Many banks, theatres and museums now provide aids for the visually or hearing-impaired. Specialist tour operators, such as Tourism for All, cater for physically disabled visitors.
IHertz offers hand-controlled vehicles for hire at no extra cost to the standard car hire fees. In order to use any of the disabled parking spaces, you need to display a special badge in your car.
For more general information on facilities for disabled travellers, contact Disability Rights UK. This association also publishes two books that carry a wealth of information for disabled holiday-makers: Holidays in Britain and Ireland and There and Back. The latter is a comprehensive guide to non-local travel. It pays particular attention to the links between the different methods of transport, whether by air, rail, road or sea.
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