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.
Everybody has different interests but Birmingham has something for everyone. If you’re in love with nature and the countryside then you can take a tour of the waterways which has more miles of canals than Venice! The Birmingham Botanical gardens has excellent wheelchair access throughout and is a perfect day out for the green fingered visitor. Birmingham’s stock has risen in cultural circles as well, which means there are plenty of museums and galleries to check out. IKON is a hive of exhibitions with a range of media on display; they have level access, trained staff and lifts to take you to every floor so you won’t miss a thing.
On the other hand, if you can’t resist chocolate, then the Cadbury World tour is a must. They cater to any special requirements you have if you contact them in advance. With everything from low desks and exhibitions to lifts and accessible toilet facilities you’re well catered for by the Cadbury team. What’s more, they have adapted their Cadabra ride for wheelchair use so nothing is off limits.
You can’t visit Birmingham without a shopping spree in the famous Bullring. A vast, multi-floored shopping centre with top brands as well as excellent accessibility for wheelchair users, the Bullring has lifts throughout the building as well as sloped and ramped access. The building is located in the heart of the city within easy distance of Birmingham New Street station and has its own dedicated disabled parking spaces in the Moor Street and Edgbaston Street car parks.
One restaurant you should try if you like fine dining is Adam’s Restaurant; it has an elegant décor and boasts a Michelin star as well as being wheelchair friendly in both its accessibility and its toilet facilities. If fine dining isn’t your thing there are plenty of rustic or fast food venues which are wheelchair accessible including everything from Urban Pie to McDonalds. Balti is an original flavour from Birmingham so no trip would be complete without a trip to the Balti Triangle where there are a string of authentic, family run restaurants.
Sometimes one day just isn’t enough, there is so much to do in Birmingham so why not stay the night or for the weekend? There are plenty of options available to you depending on your budget and your taste. The boutique hotel Malmaison Birmingham offers a luxurious stay with single and double rooms available and wheelchair access throughout (yes that includes the bar too!). If you have a tighter budget there is a Travelodge well located in the city centre with entrance ramps and lifts to easily glide you to your room after a long day of exploring.