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Access to Europe Train Travel: The Eurostar and Eurail

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Our European grand tour by train began at the London Gatwick Airport where we took a city train to the Eurostar Train located in the St Pancras Station. There’s an office in Gatwick Airport for wheelchair access support for city trains that will assist with making arrangements to take a train to the Euro Star Station, no advance notice required. My guess is that Heathrow Airport has the same service available. London cabs are expensive and traffic can be endless so seek out the train. We traveled on the Eurostar from London to Paris then back to London. Our...

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Access at Stonehenge in the UK of Great Britain

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I grew up with a father who LOVED watching Stonehenge documentaries, so when I went to England the first time, you better bet I drove the 3 hours from where we were staying (Dover) to see the mythical and mysterious site. While it didn’t quiet reach the exuberantly high expectations set out by hours of documentary watching, it was definitely worth doing (if you have a free day in England). Just be warned you can’t actually get close to the monument and it will be crazy tourist attraction busy. As for the practical accessible aspects, Stonehenge is pretty good. ...

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Accessible Transportation Around London

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London’s Underground (The Tube) transportation system is the oldest railway in the world. The other public transportation systems available that service within Greater London are the London Overground, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), Tramlink, and London buses. Maps show what stations are accessible or “step free” and some have assistance available at the station.  Here is the map which describes each station’s features, including what ones are accessible and have restrooms for the Tube, London’s Overground and DLR. For those people who have a permanent disability and are a resident of London one can apply for a Freedom Pass, which basically...

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Visit the Birthplace of Shakespeare in the UK

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Stratford-upon-Avon is set in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon.  It is 22 miles south east of Birmingham,  8 miles south west of Warwick and north west of the Cotswolds which makes it an ideal location from which to explore. Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, is steeped in culture and history and welcomes four million visitors a year from all over the world. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children.  Shakespeare began a successful career in London as an...

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England’s Top 5 Accessible Beaches and Nearby B&Bs

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Britain has over 10,000 miles of coastline and plenty of fabulous sandy beaches to explore, but these 5 great beaches are the pick of the bunch for disabled travellers – featuring the best golden sand, glorious sunsets, clean blue seas and great wheelchair access. If you’re planning a trip to the UK, grab your bucket and spade and get set for a beach holiday with bags of traditional seaside charm and a great stay at an accessible bed and breakfast. The UK has some excellent B&B accommodation – the stereotypes of net curtains and stuffy rules have been exceeded...

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Take a Trip to Birmingham in the UK

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As a cultural melting pot Birmingham is becoming one of the UK’s most popular cities to visit. When taking a trip, whether it’s for a day trip or for a few nights, you should always investigate the accessibility of the locations you want to visit so that you save time and money before setting out. If you’re thinking of visiting Birmingham however we have already put together a handy guide on all the best places to go. Attractions Everybody has different interests but Birmingham has something for everyone. If you’re in love with nature and the countryside then you...

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Palmer’s Lodge Hillspring in London

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Last summer, I made my first trip to London where I stayed at the Palmers’ Lodge Hillspring which is located in Willesden. I stayed in London for 6 days and was just going to backpack around the city to see what it had to offer. No set plans for specific attractions. But first things first: Having read that London was quite accessible I trusted this assessment and had to realize on location that there are more than just a few problems. If you are in a wheelchair, you will not be able to use the tube which leaves you with...

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The Great Outdoors for Wheelchairs in the UK

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A trip to the United Kingdom is probably incomplete without enjoying some of the wonderful unspoilt landscapes, and there is nowhere finer than North Devon to enjoy outstanding scenery. Calvert Trust Exmoor sits on the border of Exmoor National Park, near both stunning moorland and pristine beaches, on the edge of the beautiful Wistlandpound Reservoir. Calvert Trust Exmoor is built on the philosophy of “it’s what you can  do that counts”, and exists to enable people with disabilities to experience exciting and enjoyable outdoor activities in an area of exceptional natural beauty. A holiday at CTE is a fantastic...

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3 of the Best Wheelchair Accessible Destinations in the World

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Travelling the world is a must-do for people of all ages, abilities and background, and usually the restricting factors are time and money, but if you are born with a disability or have an accident and are required to use a wheelchair all the time or from time to time you may encounter problems that even time and money can’t overcome. Here at Stechford Mobility we specialise in mobility aids for all, including many types of wheelchairs. We want to keep our customers mobile and independent, and to help make travel dreams possible we have put together a list...

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Visiting the Kensington Palace in London, England

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No visit to England would be complete without a visit to a palace, and Kensington Palace is a good choice for that if you want to see one conveniently located in London or if you’re a fan of the late Princess Diana.  Kensington became her home after her separation from Prince Charles, and will soon become the home of Prince William and his celebrated new wife. Kensington Palace is a historic building, and currently not completely accessible to people in wheelchairs.  Consequently, people with disabilities get discounted tickets and one companion can accompany you for free.  You must notify...

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Road Trip from the UK to France

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Contemplating your next adventure? Traveling by car from the UK to France you will discover some beautiful sights and landmarks that are wheelchair accessible. Even before you get on the ferry, it is quite breathtaking to see the infamous White Cliffs of Dover in the UK. If you have some time to spare before the voyage, Dover is well worth a visit. The museum offers a number of highlights, including an approximately 3000-year-old Bronze Age boat. The museum is fully accessible for wheelchair users. If you’re parking in the town and require a parking badge, you can complete your blue...

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Wheelchair Accessible London Attractions

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London is filled with accessible royal parks and gardens. The Regents Park is one royal park and a visit to it would be a lovely day trip. The London Zoo is located in the park as well as the Wildlife and Allotment Gardens. There is also an Open Air Theatre that is wheelchair accessible with 20 spaces for wheelchairs on the gangway/platform.  Hyde Park is another and one of the largest parks in central London. A part of Hyde Park runs right along the Kensington Gardens creating a space equaling 625 acres (253 hectares). The gardens close at dusk...

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