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7 must-visit UK attractions that are scooter friendly

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  • 11 February 2022

The best part of hiring an Easy Pay Mobility scooter is the independence and freedom it can bring. Thanks to modern scooter and battery technology, you can explore even more of the UK from the comfort of your seat. 

The tourism industry is catching up too. In 2019, the government pledged support to the tourism sector to help the UK become the most accessible European destination by 2025.

The number of incredible UK destinations that are fully equipped to welcome those with restricted movement is growing fast. As the winter months come to an end, plan ahead to take advantage of what the UK has to offer.

Our pick of the best and most accessible UK tourist attractions

Kew Gardens, London

Visit a world heritage site right here in the UK… at Kew Gardens! The botanical gardens are home to over 50,000 of the world's most diverse collection of living plants. Kew Gardens is also host to a botanical research and education institution.

Flat pathways, ramps and lifts will help you to discover the gardens with your mobility scooter. Explore giant waterlily ponds, incredible flower displays and tropical glasshouses. Kew Gardens is renowned for its ever-rotating events calendar, including tours and talks, exhibitions and performances. Check before you visit to see what’s on.

Top tip: Attractions include glasshouses, galleries and historic buildings which have varying levels of access. Please check the garden’s website or call them directly to help plan your day and get the most out of your visit.

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The London Eye, London

Don’t let a fear of heights put you off this magical experience. This (very slowly!) revolving Ferris wheel allows you to enjoy a spectacular view of London’s famous landmarks.

Did you know that the London Eye is fully accessible for mobility scooters up to 37-inches? This fantastic feature allows most of Easy Pay Mobility’s vehicles onto the wheel with ease. Our advice? Its always work checking your vehicle’s width pre-departure to avoid disappointment. Each pod can host up to two vehicles, with easy access boarding ramps and gates.

Top tip: the wheel is located on London’s Southbank, a flat walkway bursting with street food and live music. After your London Eye experience, have a wander along the river on your mobility scooter to soak up even more culture and excitement.

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Science Museum, London

Be inspired by science and delight in learning something new at one of the UK’s most famous museums. The Science Museum is 165 years old but still excites visitors young and old, making it perfect for all the family.

The Science Museum is extremely accessible and very well equipped to support those with mobility scooters and beyond. In addition to step-free access and accessible parking, the museum offers hearing supports, visual aids and guided tours. If you’d prefer to leave your mobility scooter at home, you can hire one of their wheelchairs for your visit.

Top tip: avoid the queues and visit in the quieter hours. Visiting on weekdays or towards the end of the day are fantastic ways to access the museum quicker. You’ll also be able to enjoy smaller crowds and more space to view the museum’s best bits.

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Cadbury’s World, Birmingham

If you have a sweet tooth, Cadbury’s World should be top of your list to visit. Confectionary aside, this UK destination makes for a fantastic day out with all the family.

Mobility scooter users have full access to the site, both indoors and out. Ramps, lifts and low-level service desks are just some of the features that accommodate those with impaired mobility.

Visitors with mobility scooters can enjoy full access to the world’s largest Cadbury’s shop, the Cadburys café and the Cadbury’s 4D cinema. For those who can handle the adrenaline rush, the Cadabra ride is also adapted for wheelchair use.

Top tip: Cadbury’s World limit access to their premises to 2 wheelchair users every 20 minutes. Let them know in advance about your visit so they can suggest a convenient time to arrive. This will help to avoid any delays upon arrival.

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Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh

Did you know that the Royal Yacht Britannia was Queen Elizabeth’s floating palace for over 40 years? Berthed in the exciting port district of Leith, this historic boat is fully accessible for mobility scooters and wheelchairs alike.

Discover the glamourous history of this majestic boat through audio-guided tours and regular events. Ramps and lifts allow for easy access to all five incredible decks. There's also free parking.

Top tip: the yacht has Category 1 wheelchair access, permitting vehicles of up to 670mm in width. This makes a visit suitable for most Easy Pay Mobility Car Boot and 4mph scooters. However, be sure to check your scooter specifications or contact Royal Yacht Britannia directly before your visit to confirm your vehicle’s access.

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Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow

Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery is one of Scotland’s most popular, free visitor attractions. The building demonstrates stunning architecture and is fully equipped for mobility scooter users.

Accessible parking, lifts and low-level displays allow you to thoroughly explore all 22 galleries. The museum holds over 8000 items, including internationally significant paintings and historical artefacts.

Top tip: entry is free but why not treat yourself to a coffee and cake in the café? Make a pitstop at this easily accessible destination on the lower ground floor.

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Longleat Safari Park & Zoo, Wiltshire

Experience some of the world’s most exotic animals at Longleat Zoo. From monkeys to pandas, sea lions to elephants, and of course, the big cats. Feeling adventurous? Safari drive-through can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own car and offers unforgettable close encounters with the animal kingdom – no plane ticket needed!

Wide queue lanes, ramps and designated seating on attractions mean that mobility scooters are accommodated for. Longleat also offer their own mobility scooter hire for a small fee, or wheelchair hire for free.

Top tip: safari drive-through can take between 2-3 hours to complete. Be sure to factor this into your plans for the rest of your day. A café is located just before you enter the safari, ideal for any last minute supplies!

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Please note: whilst these fantastic destinations serve mobility scooters well, it is always recommended that you make your own checks and inquiries before visiting. Your mobility scooter is bespoke to your individual mobility needs, so investigating accessibility directly with attractions before you travel is advised. This will avoid any disappointment and ensure a pleasant, safe experience.

For more inspiration and guidance around accessibility, check out Tourism For All and this useful report from Revitalise UK.