Visitors to the UK
Visitors to the UK with special needs will find an increasing range of accessible services and accommodation, since the implementation of the Equality Act 2010 (which replaces the Disability Discrimination Acts of 1995 and 2005 on the 1st October 2010). This requires businesses to take 'reasonable steps' to avoid discrimination against people for reason of their disability, including the removal wherever possible of physical barriers. However, what is 'reasonable' is open to much interpretation, and visitors will still find that they need to research their journey with some care. We hope that this website will help answer some of your questions, and show you where to find what you need to know. Our associated site OpenBritain will give you the majority of information you will need about accomodation in the UK, and attractions and places to eat and drink are being added. You might use the TFA Directory to search for any services, such as accessible car hire, care services, equipment hire, etc. Please also take a look at the Useful Info section.
VisitEngland provides a wealth of tourism information for people with physical and sensory needs. Click here to view their fact sheet which contains some of the most useful sources of information for overseas visitors.
We hope that you enjoy your trip to the UK!
(Last Updated: 21-03-2013)