Improving people’s life has been our job for over 21 years, giving many people the chance to live once again in their very own home. The confidence this creates for the Platinum Stairlift users is unbelievable, we have grown so much since the beginning but one thing that hasn’t changed is the happiness that comes from the freedom to live again.
Why stop there? We want to help users Take Life to the Next Level outside the home as well as inside. One thing that can worry Platinum Stairlift users is where should they go on holiday? With stairs everywhere from boarding the plane to the old staircase of a castle. Although these tight staircases are a match for our Stairlifts, the tourist boards haven’t got in touch with us yet. So we’ve teamed up with the amazing guys at disabledholidays.com to show you some great options for helping you take your holidays to the next level.
Bude boasts several stunning beaches, but the most popular is the adjoining Summerleaze, which is just five minutes from the town centre and has level access for wheelchair users. Like many beaches in Cornwall, special sand wheelchairs can be hired from the beach office free of charge. Summerleaze’s star attraction is its large semi-natural swimming pool that borders the cliffs and offers visitors a safe place to enjoy the water.
The town of Bude is just as attractive as its environs, with its natural and manmade waterways, copious green spaces and a range of traditional shops and restaurants. Though it’s a popular place to be, the atmosphere is still decidedly laidback, and the town is small enough to have retained its Cornish charm.
Torquay’s waterfront provides convenient ramped access to its main beach, as well as over one mile of level ground with an abundance of shops, cafes and restaurants. The town itself is located on a stunning stretch of coastline, encompassed by the UNESCO English Riviera Global Geopark.
Elsewhere there’s the charming Babbacombe Model Village; Cockington Country Park; and Torquay Museum, which displays collections relating to Agatha Christie, as well as artifacts from Ancient Egypt.
You won’t be stuck for things to do in the evening, either. Torquay boasts three theatres and one cinema, as well as plenty of traditional pubs and restaurants for a memorable meal beside the sea.
Newquay has long been Cornwall’s most popular holiday destination, and with good reason. Its main draw is its impressive array of sandy beaches – twelve in total, in the local area – which collectively span seven miles of Cornwall’s Atlantic coastline. The sheer number of beaches means there’s something for everyone, from family favourites bustling with activity, to more relaxed, tranquil retreats with hardly anyone else around.
Several beaches also provide purpose-built sand wheelchairs to facilitate access for people with mobility issues. Fitted with large inflatable wheels, these wheelchairs make it easy to traverse sandy and pebbled surfaces in safety and comfort. Depending on the location, the chairs can be hired for free or for a small charge.
Situated at the heart of Cornwall, Bodmin is an excellent choice for an authentic Cornish holiday. It’s a quiet place with historic buildings, traditional pubs and tearooms, but it also boasts a number of unique attractions and some of the region’s most impressive scenery.
Bodmin is convenient for people with mobility requirements, as several of its most popular attractions are all within close distance of one another. These include the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway, which takes passengers on an evocative 13-mile trip through the beautiful surrounding countryside. The train departs from Bodmin Station and accommodates wheelchair users.
A year round spring/summer climate, warm seas and a warm welcome, Tenerife is one of the most popular hot spots for holidaymakers. For those who wish to take it easy, there’s plenty of beaches and bays to relax, sunbathe or savour the blue, crystal clear waters. For the fun seekers there’s water sports, Loro Parque theme park or the opportunity to visit the active volcano Teide by cable car! Discover your disabled friendly holiday in Tenerife today!
Stunning scenery, fine cuisine and plenty of accessible accommodation options. There are 55 beaches and marinas across the region accredited with the Praia Acessivel – Praia para Todos (Accessible beach – Beaches for everyone) flag. These beaches comply with access requirements such as ramps, footpaths and walkways, support facilities (such as bars and first-aid posts), handrails, adapted toilet facilities and parking places as well as lower bars and counters.
With its flat city centre, accessible metro and bus system, and a host of accessible attractions, Barcelona is one of Europe’s most convenient cities for elderly or disabled visitors. Famous landmarks like the Sagrada Família and Casa Batlló are both wheelchair-friendly, while the old town of the Gothic Quarter is free of cobblestones.
Spring is brilliant time of year to visit Barcelona’s extensive range of parks and gardens, such as the Gaudi-designed Park Guëll; Parc de la Ciutadella, with its zoo and wonderfully ornate central fountain; and Montjuïc, home to several themed gardens, castle and cable car. In addition Barcelona boasts eight accessible sandy beaches, complete with extended wooden platforms, beach wheelchairs and disabled toilet facilities at regular intervals.
Florida’s a great choice for a beach holiday, boasting a massive 800 miles of sandy sub-tropical shores, many of which are accessible via beach wheelchairs and Mobi-Mats.
The warm winter weather is perfect for sampling Florida’s many other attractions and activities as well, such as its host of theme parks, like Universal Orlando; SeaWorld Orlando, Legoland Florida; and, of course, Walt Disney World, which transforms into a magical winter wonderland over Christmas.
Elsewhere, major cities entice with huge shopping malls, award-winning spas and pristine golf courses – and there are excellent cultural attractions, from the Kennedy Space Centre, to the Salvador Dali Museum, and the historic Ernest Hemingway House, in Key West.
A coach holiday is one of the most convenient ways to enjoy an accessible trip of a lifetime. There’s no need to worry about researching suitable transport, hotels or attractions to meet your needs – on a coach holiday, that’s already taken care of. Our range of coach holidays use modern, comfortable coaches that take you to accessible attractions, with stays at accessible hotels. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.
This opulent two-week cruise takes passengers from Southampton to the sun-kissed isles of the Canaries, Azores and Madeira, followed by a stop at the historic Portuguese capital of Lisbon. The trip encompasses the best each island group has to offer, from the golden beaches of Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, to the lush, verdant isles of Gran Canaria, São Miguel, and the Madeiran capital of Funchal. One day you’ll be soaking up the sun on a remote stretch of exotic golden shoreline, while another you’ll be exploring idyllic towns bedecked with colourful boulevards and enticing eateries. The diversity of locations and experiences on offer make it a trip not to be missed.
The Celebrity Silhouette includes accessible staterooms with full wheelchair access, designed to help accommodate your needs and ensure your comfort throughout your cruise. You will also find spacious corridors, step-free access and automatic doors to most decks.
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