Elderly walking

With autumn well underway and winter fast approaching, the cold weather may deter some people, particularly those with mobility issues, from venturing into the great British outdoors.

However, with Autumnal foliage and winter sun making the coming months visually beautiful, and some British outdoor attractions staying open all year, the cold weather should be no excuse to stay indoors. Below are just a few outdoor attractions which should be on anyone’s ‘to do’ list this winter:

Stonehenge is one of the best known prehistoric monuments in Europe. Not only does the site play host to the Stone Circle, there is also an exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and a 5,500 year old man. Stonehenge caters to all those with mobility issues. The main areas around the car park, visitor centre and Stone Circle are accessible by wheelchair, the visitor shuttle bus is accessible for wheelchairs and there are accessible toilets at the visitor centre.

Stirling Castle was the favoured residence of Scotland’s kings and queens and continues to bode the craftsmanship and colour it did in the 16th century. With one of the best accessibility plans in the country, Stirling Castle is welcoming to all those with mobility issues. With a visitor centre free of steps, a lift to take visitors to top floor exhibitions, and gradients across the castle all being minimised, the castle should be a favourite destination for anyone looking to explore Britain’s history these coming months.

Situated in the heart of Yorkshire, Harewood house was built in the 18th century and features a large stately home, a bird garden, and hundreds of acres of gardens for visitors to enjoy. The house itself is highly suited to visitors with mobility issues. Although electric wheelchairs are not allowed in the state rooms, courtesy indoor wheelchairs are available and service dogs are welcome. The bird garden, shop, terrace café and courtyard cafés are also all suitable for those with mobility issues.

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