Have you or a loved one struggled to access an attraction in the UK because of a disability? If so, you're not alone.
A charity is warning that many disabled visitors are missing out on exciting and interesting days out because of a lack of accessibility. Vitalise has also pointed out that many tourist attractions could miss out on their share of the estimated £212 billion annual spending power of disabled visitors – the so-called ‘Purple Pound’.
Their new study found that:
• 3 out of 10 attractions did not have essential accessibility information on their websites
• Only 17 per cent had all their staff trained in disability awareness
• Only 15 per cent were equipped with hoists – an indispensable item for many disabled visitors
However, it's not all doom and gloom:
• 8 out of 10 venues had overall Vitalise accessibility scores over 70 per cent
• 8 out of 10 venues had fully accessible approaches from outside areas
Among the examples of best practice commended by Vitalise is Tate Modern in London – the world’s most visited art gallery - while tied in second place are the Imperial War Museum London, the Museum of Liverpool and the National Railway Museum in York.
Share your experiences of visiting tourist attractions and other public venues at www.vitalise.org.uk
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