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9:00 AM 19th August 2020

New UK Travel Guide For Those With Hidden Disabilities

As UK attractions slowly start to get back to normal and lockdown restrictions ease, many are keen to start safely exploring our shores. Now there’s a free online book that will help you: a new, refreshed edition of The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain.

The eighth edition of the Guide is packed with over 200 comprehensive reviews. Through collaboration with Carers Trust and the National Autistic Society, this edition features more information relevant to carers and those with hidden disabilities.

This latest Guide features 25 exciting new venue reviews including outdoor attractions such as Belfast Zoo, Kew Gardens, Legoland, Trebah Gardens, and Powis Castle. Plus, all existing reviews have been updated and refreshed pre-COVID-19. Over 85 attractions and ideas featured in the Guide are outdoors, including nine scenic drives.

According to research for the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain* more than half (51 per cent) of people with a disability, or their carers, spend between two and five hours planning a day out and one in ten spend more than a day researching.

The majority of this research is conducted online, with 92 per cent searching on the internet and 12 per cent using online communities. Almost half (42 per cent) will call the venue in advance to ensure they have all the information they need ahead of visiting.

Emma West, reviewer and foreword author of the Guide, said:“If you have specific access requirements, or care for someone who does, planning a day out is much more complex. The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is such a valuable resource for simplifying that process and opening up options for exploring the incredible venues we have on our doorstep in the UK.”

All attractions featured in The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain have been assessed in detail pre-COVID-19 by Rough Guides’ team of reviewers, who either have a disability themselves or have visited the venue with a friend or relative with accessibility needs.

The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain has been created in partnership with Motability Operations Ltd.

The new edition of The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is now available to read online and download free of charge via www.accessibleguide.co.uk.