Finding holiday ideas can be tricky if you or someone in your family has a disability that makes you less mobile than others. At Christmas, this task can sometimes be even more difficult since there are even more complications and considerations than at other times.
We would highly recommend looking for specialist services online which provide disabled holiday reviews and information about accessible attractions and destinations over the festive period. Websites like this are the best place to easily make travel plans and book hotels and trips that are suitably accessible for disabled people.
Here are a few ideas to get you started if you’re completely unsure what to do over Christmas but you want to plan a disabled-friendly break. We’ve included a mixture of ideas, some closer to home than others, so you can take your pick!
Historical sites around the UK
You don’t have to go abroad to find some fantastic buildings and sites to visit at Christmas. Many of the country’s most impressive castles, palaces, stately homes and parks provide great access for people with disabilities and limited mobility, including Blenheim Palace which is almost entirely accessible by wheelchair and one of the most beautiful attractions in Oxfordshire, especially during the winter if you’re lucky enough to see it covered in snow.
Luxury spa getaways
In increasingly popular option among people looking to book a relaxing winter break is to focus on one of the country’s best spa facilities. Luckily, there are a wide range of disabled-friendly options available especially if you book early. What better way to relax and unwind away from the stress of everyday life? A trip to a high end spa can also make the perfect Christmas present (even if it’s a little early). You may even be able to venture beyond the UK to visit one of Europe’s ultimate spas, and maybe do a little continental Christmas shopping on the way home.
Cottages and lodges
For a cosy and peaceful winter holiday close to home, the UK is one of the best countries to search for accessible lodges, cottages and other charming holiday lets that will be suitable for those with limited mobility. Many are located in some of the most beautiful woodlands or holiday parks, and look their best with a snowy December backdrop. This is a great way to escape for a traditional festive break while cutting down on travel expenses and hassle.
Christmas market tour
If you’re feeling more adventurous and want to travel around different countries on your winter holiday, we would highly recommend a tour of Europe’s finest Christmas markets. Germany is definitely the highlight of the continent because of the sheer range of different markets, but Belgium, France and many more nearby countries also have charming traditional markets in the run up to Christmas. It’s a magical way to discover traditional food, experience new cultures and get all your shopping done while having fun, plus most of the markets in Europe are fully accessible for disabled people.
If you have a little more money to spend and you want to take a December trip that caters to your every need, you won’t get much better than a luxury cruise. Many of these begin before or just after Christmas and take you into the New Year, including the ever-popular Caribbean and Mediterranean cruise ships. Finding a cruise that’s fully suitable for wheelchair users or other disabilities should be easy, especially with the help of a specialist directory.