When it comes to holidays, it’s important to remember Meg Cabot’s wise words: “Sometimes what you want is right in front of you.” This statement always comes to mind when my clients ask me about ‘staycations’, otherwise known as retreats within the United Kingdom. These trips have become increasingly popular in recent decades, as they allow for beautiful scenery and fun-filled excursions without breaking the bank. If you’re handicapped or planning a getaway with someone who is disabled, holidays that are close to home also circumvent the hassle of flying – not to mention that they’re phenomenally accessible.

If a staycation catches your fancy, here are my recommendations for a 10-day road trip through the UK. Get ready for wonderful and wheel-chair friendly experiences all in one!

London

Although you can start your road trip from anywhere, I suggest beginning in London. Whether you’re a theatre buff, a gourmand or a shopaholic, there’s no city that’s quite as vibrant and versatile as the ever-changing capital of England. To get a good sense of London’s best attractions, I recommend spending three days exploring the hustle and bustle of this marvellous metropolis.

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Our Hotel Recommendation

If you opt to stay in London for a few nights, the Royal Horseguards Hotel is right up your alley. This historic Grade I building has placed a large focus on becoming accessible in recent years, and is now equipped with several ramps. What’s more, four bedrooms are equipped with wheelchair-friendly features, making them perfect for handicapped guests.

Bristol

After a busy trip to London, why not take a two-day breather in Bristol? In addition to venturing around this beautiful city, my team and I often arrange day trips to Cheddar Gorge, Bath or Wells for our clients.

Our Hotel Recommendation

If you’d like to feel surrounded by history, a stay in the Mercure Bristol Grand will exceed your highest expectations. This remarkable town house may be historic, but still meets the most modern accessibility standards. When I stayed in this venue myself, I was particularly impressed with its reduced mobility rooms, bathrooms and wheelchair-friendly public areas.

Wales

Why not pass over the famous Severn Bridge and into Wales? My clients always enjoy discovering the capital of Cardiff, whose natural and cultural highlights such as its lively nightlife make for a highly enjoyable trip. To fully appreciate the city’s attractions, it’s worth allocating two days of your staycation to exploring it.

Our Hotel Recommendation

The Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff City Centre is known for being easily accessible to those who are disabled. Holidays in this oasis of tranquillity not only guarantee comfortable living arrangements, but also have the additional perk of handicapped car parking spaces with wheelchair access.

Liverpool

If you dare to venture further north, you won’t regret it. Liverpool is not only world-renowned for its cathedral and myriad museums, but also places a large emphasis on making these venues accessible to handicapped visitors. If you’d like to hear more about this charming city, you can always call on me and my expert team to compile a list of wheelchair-friendly outings for you.

Our Hotel Recommendation

If you’re a Beatles fan, a stay in this four-star hotel truly couldn’t be any more exciting. Situated next to the Cavern Club, a venue at which the Beatles performed 292 times, you’re sure to find yourself humming your favourite tunes in no time. Along with being a mere stone’s throw away from several other Beatles attractions, this accommodation sports an accessible lift and rooms that are equipped with wheel-in showers.

Leeds

Before returning home, a two-day stay in Leeds is a fantastic way of concluding your travels. In addition to seeing the city’s sights and going on a last-minute shopping spree, I can highly recommend outings to the beautiful City of York, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

Our Hotel Recommendation

When it comes to accommodating those who are disabled, holidays in the Double Tree in Granary Wharf take accessibility to a whole new level. Its wheel-chair friendly rooms are perfectly tailored to guests with reduced mobility, and even have ergonomic chairs and wheel-in power showers.

After exploring Leeds and its surrounding area, it’s time to drive back home. Although you haven’t ventured far, I’m sure that you will have gained a new appreciation for close-by natural and cultural gems after this trip, which is both easy and enjoyable for those who are disabled. Holidays in the UK can’t get any better!