Historic Hotels with Access for All

The wonderful heritage of the UK should be for everyone to enjoy. From the Indian-inspired gardens built by the Victorians to the Norman Castles that litter the landscape, these built legacies have laid the foundations of modern Britain. They are also however, products of their time and were generally built to the specifications of their contemporary designers rather than for 21st century visitors!

Wheelchair_Access_-_Historic_monuments.jpgThis presents a dilemma to owners and custodians of historic properties who want to open their doors to as many people as possible. Figures from the Government Office for Disability Issues, show that in excess of 11 million people in the UK carry some form of long term impairment.

Heritage bodies such as National Trust and English Heritage have been quick to respond to the changing expectations of their customers and reap the associated benefits that go with it. Heritage properties operating within the private sector however have often not been able to update their facilities given that they are so often restricted by funds. When you are forced to count every penny, attitudes can be slow to change.

Heritage hotels are faced with some unique challenges in contrast to purpose built modern hotels but a growing number have realised the potential of investing in disabled access facilities.

Many of the British History Breaks ‘History Collection’ of hotels use innovative design and technology to overcome some unique challenges. Amongst them you can find:

  1. Ruthin Castle – Built in the 13th century, Ruthin Castle contains many ancient monuments in its grounds, some of which are listed and others that have links to King Arthur. As such, it is impossible to overcome all obstacles. However, having undergone extensive renovations the castle has provided access where it can and along with lift access to some rooms, a porter is on hand 24 hours a day to assist guests with mobility requirements.
  2. The Old Swan & Minster Mill – If a medieval castle presents accessibility challenges then medieval coaching inns require a lot more thought. Luckily, with 22 rooms on the ground floor, some with facades facing out to the peaceful River Windrush, everyone is able to enjoy the special ambience of one of Richard III’s watering holes!
  3. The Grand Hotel – Known locally as the White Palace, the Grand is the only 5 star hotel on the British coast and as such has high standards of access for all its customers.
  4. Abbotsford – The former home of Sir Walter Scott, Scotland’s most famous literary son, is now an exclusive hire venue which was re-opened by Queen Elizabeth II after receiving a 21st century overhaul.

To discover the full selection of History Collection properties with accessible rooms, simply visit: Disabled Access Historic Hotel Breaks   

So if you or somebody you care for has a long or short term disability, there is no need to be put off by the idea that heritage is too difficult to access. Heritage properties may reflect the times in which they were built but they are not stuck in time. Like Britain herself, they evolve to suit the needs of its people and if the walls could talk, they would offer the warmest of welcomes.

NB: For the best experiences, guests are advised to inform the hotels of mobility assistance before arriving.

Further Reading:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/disability-facts-and-figures/disability-facts-and-figures#disability-prevalence-estimates

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