Many kinds of holiday are organised specifically for disabled people including accessible hotels and B&B's which can accommodate people in wheelchairs and where there are helpers and nurses available.
You can get information from specialist publications and organisations or you can talk to your local travel agent about your options. It’s also worthwhile contacting disability organisations to ask whether they run any adapted holiday accommodation.
Holiday activities in Hampshire
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Activities Centre
Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands Lane, Bursledon, Southampton SO31 1BH
Tel: 023 8040 4844
Day and residential activity courses for disabled people of all ages, including canoeing, climbing, archery and horse riding. Courses run from 9am-5pm and cater for all abilities.
National standards for disabled access and facilities in hotels and other holiday accommodation have been drawn up, with input from the Tourist Board and disability organisations.
Travel agents and tour operators can give you details about the accommodation they deal with. When making your holiday arrangements you should also ask how easy it is to get to the amenities you wish to visit, perhaps the beach, tourist attractions, local shops or the town centre, from where you will be staying.
The Gowrings Mobility UK Road Atlas Tel: 0845 608 8020
A new definitive UK atlas customised for Blue Badge holders showing locations of all Blue Badge parking, car parks, petrol stations, accessible toilets and concessions for Blue Badge holders
To find out the current price and to order a copy write to: Gowrings Mobility Ltd, Bone Lane, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 5UE
Easy Access Europe by Rick Steves (Avalon Travel Publishing)
focuses on accessible sights, tours, accommodation, parking and lavatories in London, Paris, Bruges, Amsterdam and along the Rhine.
Pauline Hephaistos Survey Projects (PHSP) have produced:
Access in London (2003)
Access in Paris (2006)
Access in Israel and the Palestinian Authority (2000)
Access to Football Grounds (Premiership and First Division) (2003)
Access Project, 39 Bradley Gardens, West Ealing, London W13 8HE
You can order a copies of the above guides by sending your address to firstname.lastname@example.org
or to Access Project, 39 Bradley Gardens, West Ealing, London W13 8HE
The guides are distributed without charge, but they ask for a donation of £10 to help with the cost of research, printing and postage. Cheques are payable to Access Project.
Information about specialist holidays
The online directory e.VOLve lists organisations that offer holidays for specialist groups
Other providers include:
Tourism for All Tel: 0845 124 9974
Shap Road Industrial Estate, Shap Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 6NZ
Information packs about travel and holiday accommodation for people with disabilities and older people
Phab Tel: 020 8667 9443
Phab is a national charity which promotes the meeting, on equal terms, of disabled and non-disabled people. Phab produces an annual holiday guide for those wanting to book holidays as a family or as individuals
RADAR Tel: 020 7250 3222
Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation, 12 City Forum, 250 City Road London ECIV 8AF
RADAR is a campaigning organisation for disabled people of all ages, but also provides publications and ‘fact packs’ on a range of topics, including travel and holidays. Phone for a current list of publications.