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A Health and Well-being Wales Partner

Nice as it can be to relax at home, it can also be a wonderful morale booster to sometimes get out for the day.

In Wales, there are lots of brilliant places to visit right on your doorstep, from castles to historic houses, museums, landscaped gardens, beaches, theatres and shopping malls. There are also plenty of wonderful places to visit just across the border in England.

Your mobility or other disability should not be a problem.

From 2004, service providers have been required by law to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to their premises to overcome physical barriers which might have previously prevented some visitors gaining access.

Though the National Parks and rural beauty spots might still pose a problem if you have limited mobility, the majority of attractions are now readily accessible to the majority of visitors.

Where to go

The National Museum of Wales has seven museums, all of which are free. Detailed information for disabled visitors to each museum is available online (including in audio format).

Cadw manages 130 castles, abbeys, churches, chapels and other historic monuments on behalf of the Welsh Government. Disabled toilets, disabled parking and motorised scooters/wheelchairs are available but check in advance.

The National Trust issues an Essential Companion Card which means anyone who needs help to bring a companion (or two) along free of charge. Entry for the disabled person is at standard cost or free with membership. Most properties have disabled toilets and free wheelchair loan. Mobility vehicles are available at venues with large gardens and parks. More information is available on the National Trust website.

The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is packed with over 200 inspiring ideas for great worry-free days out for disabled people. It’s free to download.

'Where can we go' lists what’s going on in specific towns and cities across the UK, including what’s happening on specific dates.

More ideas for cheap days out can be found on The Money Saving Expert.

Hiring wheelchairs and scooters

Many attractions offer free wheelchair or scooter hire. Check beforehand to see what’s available.

Shopmobility loans scooters, wheelchairs (electric and manual) and other walking aids - free or for a small charge - for you to use in town/city centres and leisure facilities.

Accessible toilets and Radar NKS keys

Most leisure facilities, tourist attractions and shopping malls have accessible toilet facilities.

Around 9,000 toilets in the UK are fitted with Radar NKS keys, including council offices, shopping centres and bus/train stations. Buy your own Radar NKS key and you don't have to wait for a member of staff to unlock the door. The scheme is co-ordinated by Disability Rights UK.

Last updated: 19/04/2023