Days Out In Accessible Britain

If you’re a regular wheelchair user, you’ll know that though there've been many improvements, many places that think they’re accessible just aren’t! Knowing where to find an accessible loo can make a big difference to a day out. If you don’t use a wheelchair at home (and maybe don’t have your own) and you get tired when you’re out and about, speak to your physio or OT about if and when it might be helpful to start using one sometimes – perhaps for days out at big venues – and how to go about getting one. 

For many people, a successful day out will involve some extra planning. Many places now have a section about accessibility on their own websites but if you can’t see it, it can be worth a phone call. Top of a lot of people’s priorities is being able to get to an accessible toilet.

  • The RADAR National Key Scheme (NKS) gives independent access to locked accessible toilets around the UK. These are in shopping centres, pubs, cafés, department stores, bus and train stations and many other locations in most parts of the country. To order your key and information about where they are, go to: www.disabilityrightsuk.org/shop/official-and-only-genuine-radar-key
     
  • Changing Places located around the UK, have more space and the right equipment, including a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist. Some are accessible via a Radar Key, others have open access or other local arrangements. 

If you’re planning to travel, the Changing Places map will quickly show you all the Changing Places toilet locations along your route: www.uktoiletmap.org 

For more information see: www.changing-places.org

Page last updated: July 2019