Here at Quingo Scooters we’re always encouraging users to get out and about and visit interesting or unusual places on their mobility scooters.
In this instalment of our Accessible Attractions series, we’re heading to one of the most popular British seaside towns, Blackpool. As March begins and spring is almost in sight, it won’t be long before it’s the perfect weather to spend a day by the sea. And even if the weather is its usual unreliable self, we’ve got some attractions to share that you won’t want to miss!
Blackpool offers something for everyone and all ages. The attractions we’re going to share are all fully accessible for your mobility scooter, giving you the confidence to explore Blackpool to your heart’s content!
Visit Madame Tussauds to have your chance to get up close and personal with all the A-listers (well, their waxworks anyway!). From music stars and sports stars to the cast of Coronation Street (including the actual street) there’s someone that everyone will want to have their photo taken with. New for this year, music mogul Simon Cowell will make an appearance at the famous waxwork exhibition.
The majority of the facilities at Madame Tussauds are accessible, as there is a lift between the floors, and staff available to help at all times. Admission for guests with disabilities is charged at the normal admissions price, however one helper is welcome without charge. Due to space only 3 mobility scooters can gain access to the exhibition at any one time, but you can call the dedicated booking team on 0871 282 9200 before you go to help plan your visit.
This is the place to go if you want to see an extensive collection of exotic animals. Blackpool Zoo offers everything from Animal Experiences to Keeper School Courses. The newest addition to the zoo was in December 2015, when the only Hartmann’s mountain zebra became the first one to be born in the UK. Other highlights include the Red Panda, African Pygmy Goat and the Aardvarks. There’s also an active Sealion pool, which is the biggest in the UK and is definitely not to be missed!
The site is generally level throughout, and all areas are mobility scooter friendly. The toilets, gift shop and café are all fully accessible. There is also word that in the Amazonia Jungle section of the zoo the cheeky monkeys take a shine to mobility scooters and will try to use them as a climbing frame!
You can’t have a trip to Blackpool without exploring the pier. There’s always something going on – from the illuminations in the autumn and winter to enjoying the arcades and seaside views of the summer. The modern tram system is the best way to get to the central pier, and it’s fully accessible.
There is an accessible toilet part way down the pier, it’s very spacious and has plenty of grab rails. The main floor area is level right along the length of the pier.
You can’t say you’ve truly seen Blackpool until you’ve taken a trip up to the top of the Tower! Opened to the public in 1894, the Blackpool Tower was inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It’s 158 metres tall and is the 103rd tallest freestanding tower in the world. At the top of the Tower you can try out the ‘Walk of Faith’ glass floor panel for some really exceptional views of Blackpool below. Afterwards you can take tea in the Tower Ballroom and why not try to catch an attraction such as the circus, the aquarium or the clown exhibition?
The entrance to the Tower is fully accessible and there is a mobility scooter friendly lift to all floors. The café and shop are also fully accessible and there are accessible toilets on levels one and five.
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If you’ve been to visit any interesting attractions on your Quingo or would like us to write about a particular place you have visited, we’d be delighted to hear from you. You can email your stories, recommendations and pictures by filling out the contact form on our website and we’ll feature them on our blog.
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