As schools break up for the summer, the Revitalise accessible tourism report reveals the most accessible attractions to visit in London.
Revitalise, the national charity that creates revitalising holidays for disabled people and their carers, conducted a second national report to understand the accessibility of the UK’s visitor attractions.
The Revitalise Accessible Tourism Report, first conducted in 2014, was carried out again to understand if visitor attractions have been actively making positive changes in accessibility in 2019.
The results from this year’s report identified the Science Museum as the number one attraction in London, knocking the Tate Modern off its top spot as the UK’s most accessible visitor attraction. The Science Museum has been praised for its disabled access and awarded for its efforts to improve disabled facilities, which saw them soar 15 places from the 2014 report.
The Science Museum have improved their facilities through training all staff in disability awareness and instruction and three of their disabled toilets are now equipped with hoists.
Revitalise creates holidays for disabled adults and their carers, but when it comes to accessibility, every family deserves to have access to Britain’s cultural attractions.
Finding an accessible, family-friendly day out in London is now even easier with the UK’s top visitor attractions ranked by Revitalise in this report.
London’s top ten accessible visitor attractions saw four venues tie for the number four place.
1st Science Museum
2nd V&A Museum of Childhood
3rd Tate Modern
4th Tate Britain
4th V&A Museum
4th British Library
4th Southbank Centre
8th Imperial War Museum
9th National Gallery
10th Natural History Museum
The estimated annual spending power of disabled visitors has increased to £249 billion compared to £212 billion in 2014, showing the huge market potential that visitor attractions could risk losing out on. There are 800,000 disabled children under the age of 16 living in the UK according to the Disabled Living Foundation, and it is their families who help to contribute to this market.
Revitalise are urging tourist attractions to recognise the importance of these families, not just for their spending power, but because they have a moral obligation to make necessary changes in accessibility for disabled people’s overall guest experience.
Commenting on the charity’s report, Revitalise Chief Executive Officer Chris Simmonds said:
“As we all head off on our summer holidays, disabled people can rest assured that their accessibility needs are being put to the forefront by Britain’s tourist attractions. We are thrilled to see so many of the UK’s top attractions doing well in the heart of our capital which so many of our wonderful guests visit on their breaks with us.
“Families now have more confidence in the travel and tourism industry and know that their accessibility needs are being met to a higher standard than ever before. However, there is still progress to be made to ensure the best of British Culture is fully accessible to everyone.
“The best advice we can give to venues is to involve disabled people in your plans – they know what real accessibility means and will tell you the truth about whether you’re getting it right.”