North Wales – the land of history, the outdoors, and hidden adventures. Not all of us can climb to the peaks of the mountain, but there is so much more to do. Whether you have a baby in a pushchair or are living with a disability which requires being in a wheelchair, there is a feast of ideas for your stay. Holiday parks North Wales have fantastic accessibility if you want to make a week of it.
Where can I visit in North Wales in a wheelchair?
It is not an easy job ensuring a medieval fortress is accessible for those with disabilities, but with the input of a local access group the castle was able to make a great go of it. There are purpose-built ramps which allow wheelchair users to explore the inner wards – though not the higher levels. Nonetheless, what you will see will be truly incredible, and best of all entry is free for disabled visitors and their carers!
It’s not a true Welsh tourist list if there isn’t more than one castle on there – next up is Penrhyn Castle, situated near Bangor. This one is a swank mock-norman castle which also has a railway museum. Many areas of the grounds are wheelchair friendly, with ramps to access the ground floor of the house and grounds. There is a lift to the first floor galleries and museums.
Clwyd Theatr Cymru
Clwyd Theatr Cymru offers a fantastic programme of cinema, theatre, dance, music, poetry and comedy. There is access to all levels from a wheelchair, and also an induction loop system. You can choose from audio-described and captioned/subtitled film screenings and even live theatre.
Llyn Brenig is a large reservoir in the Denbigh Moors and is fringed with a thick forest. It has a contemporary visitor centre, nature trails, and routes for cycling. Many come here to fly fish for the trout. There are two roll-on and roll-off wheelyboats which wheelchair users can hire. Parts of the path around the lake are accessible.
Oriel Mostyn Gallery is an exciting modern art gallery which aims to offer new inspiration each time you visit. Its exhibitions are ever-changing including welsh art, sculpture, crafts, and videography. They often have programmes and workshops available for the elderly and those with impaired hearing, sight, and mobility.
Snowdon Mountain Railway
You can still peak the tallest mountain in both Wales and England by travelling on the Snowdon Mountain Railway. This takes you all the way from Llanberis to the visitor centre at the top. The carriages have wheelchair-accessible ramps which offer great visibility to the landscape. Book your seat in advance to ensure the correct assistance is to hand.