Accessible Valentine’s Day Dates
If you’d not realised already, thanks to shops being full of chocolate, cards, and presents, Valentine’s Day has arrived. When Valentine's Day rolls around, the streets are filled with happy couples heading for a date night.
Picking where to go can be a tough choice, but particularly if one of you is living with a disability. Fortunately, there are lots of choices! We’ve pulled together the best, alternative places that are easily and readily accessible. Here’s our definitive list of the best places you and a loved one can head to this Valentine's Day in the UK.
Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire
A day out in the Yorkshire Dales is not the most conventional Valentine’s date but the scenery around Bolton Abbey is as romantic as it comes. Based just outside of Leeds in Yorkshire, a majority of the footpaths around the historical estate are accessible for wheelchairs. The car park also has a large number of blue badge car parking spots, so you can park your car with ease before heading out on an adventure. Manual wheelchairs can also be hired when pre-booked before arrival; just be sure to give yourself plenty of time before booking to avoid disappointment.
The Deep, Hull
The Deep, based in Hull, is an award-winning aquarium playing host to a wide range of aquatic animals. They also have accessibility for the disabled throughout with access from the car park and level access all the way throughout the aquarium. They have an accessibility guide on their website that details everything you’d need to know before visiting. So if you’re a couple that loves your sealife, then look no further than a trip to The Deep.
Tate Modern, London
Are you an art lover? Then the Tate Modern, home to some of the world’s most renowned artwork, will be right up your street. If you’re on a budget then you’ll be pleased to know entry is free. There are some ticketed exhibitions though if you fancy splashing the cash.
There’s also restaurants on two of the floors and accessible toilets on every floor. Car parking is available, as well as step-free access at every entrance to the building. So, if you fancy an arty Valentine’s date, then the Tate Modern could be what you’re looking for.
Everyman Cinema, Across the Country
Fancy getting out of the house to watch a film followed by a cuddle on the sofa? The Everyman Cinema is calling for you and a loved one this Valentine’s Day. There are a whole host of films to choose from with some of the latest and greatest releases available. Everyman states that they are dedicated to providing disabled access at their cinemas, but it’s worth checking with your local Everyman Cinema before you go.
Ullswater Steamers, Lake District
If you fancy a date with a difference, then the Ullswater Steamers in Cumbria are exactly that. Not only are you surrounded by the rolling hills in Cumbria, you can opt to head out onto the lakes with the Ullswater Steamer experience. The large 19th-century vessels are wheelchair accessible, however, motorised wheelchairs and mobility scooters are not allowed down the piers, so if needed, book a wheelchair in advance to use aboard the ship. The gangways have been designed to fit standard wheelchairs.
The Quay, Glasgow
Struggling to land on one idea? Then head somewhere like The Quay in Glasgow. Here you’ll find bowling, the cinema and a range of restaurants. If you’re looking for alternative locations then take a look at shopping centres like Meadowhall in Sheffield. Great when you’re stuck for choice because there’s so much going on in one place! They also have disabled access and parking, so you can rest easy whilst you’re there.
Rudding Park Spa, Harrogate
Spa weekends are renowned for being the staple romantic getaway, so why not treat yourself and the other half this Valentine’s Day? Rudding Park in Harrogate is one of the best spas in the country and won the Catey Accessibility Award in 2018. Their Blue Badge parking facilities are adjacent to the reception building giving you easy access into the building. Access is at ground level and there are lifts to take you to the various floors across the facility. There are also wheelchair accessible toilets so you can fully enjoy your stay. Take a look at the Rudding Park accessibility guide to find out all the relevant information you need.
Another date with a difference! At-Bristol is a stargazer’s paradise and is the first 3D Planetarium in the UK. Their disability access has been described as brilliant with wide doors for easy wheelchair access and loads of space between exhibits. If you give prior notice you can also get a designated wheelchair space assigned for you.
Let’s face it, there’s nothing more romantic than looking at the starry sky, so why should a 3D version be any different?
A traditional meal out
The classic Valentine’s Day date, a meal out is always guaranteed to please. You’ll find that a majority of restaurants across the UK will have accessible options to allow access in and out of their premises. It’s worth checking if your chosen restaurant has blue badge parking beforehand to ensure you can get to and from the restaurant safely. Additionally, it might be worth letting staff know on arrival if you require accessible ramps. Other than that, all you have to do is enjoy good food and good company!
Go for a weekend getaway
This year Valentines Day lands on a weekend so why not head for a weekend getaway with your loved one? There are some amazing cities across the UK that you can visit, using your wheelchair or mobility scooter to get around whilst you’re there. The best cities are the ones you probably haven’t visited before, places like Chester, York and Lincoln that are perfect for a romantic weekend away. Whilst you’re there you can take in the sights and still head for a romantic meal in the evening.
So, there’s our list of the best places you and your other half could look to head on Valentines Day, Don’t let your disability get in the way of spreading the romance, there are loads of options out there to make sure you get the full enjoyment out of Valentines Day. If you have any questions then feel free to use our live chat below and we’ll do our best to help you!