The North West is home to some of the most vibrant cities in the UK, but it’s Liverpool that holds a special place in the heart of the Halton Stairlifts team. Our state of the art Halton Stairlifts showroom is based in Speke, Merseyside, so for anyone travelling to try out our stairlift models, we thought we’d share some of the disabled friendly tourist attractions in Liverpool, right on our doorstep, so you can really make the most of your trip.
Famous for music, football and its maritime history, the port of Liverpool has long been a tourist favourite, and we’ve picked out some of the most tried and tested, longstanding tourist destinations that Liverpool has to offer for you. Find out more about their accessibility and disabled facilities to help you to plan your visit:
FIVE OF THE MOST DISABLED FRIENDLY TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN LIVERPOOL
THE ROYAL ALBERT DOCK
The red-bricked warehouses that seem to emerge from the River Mersey, underwent major renovations in the 1980s and it soon became one of the must-visit locations in Liverpool. Home to fantastic restaurants, independent retailers and gift shops, the Tate Art Gallery, the Maritime Museum, and in close proximity to the Three Graces, you could while away the hours immersed in the culture and fine dining, with access to convenient facilities. It’s worth noting that some of the pedestrian areas are cobbled walkways, which could present difficulty to wheelchair users or those who have mobility problems.
After deciding that one cathedral just wasn’t enough, Liverpool got to work on a second. Instantly recognisable within the Liverpool skyline, the two iconic structures are connected by Hope Street, with the proud wigwam shaped Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King standing at one end and the grand brownstone Liverpool Cathedral at the other. Take in these magnificent structures from a distance and marvel at their size and architectural detail, or take a closer look and discover the stunning interiors. Both cathedrals offer good access for wheelchair users and have bathrooms and other facilities to enhance the experience for disabled visitors. You can find out more about accessibility options for each cathedral here: Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King and Liverpool Cathedral.
THE BEATLES STORY
A visit to this wondrous city wouldn’t be complete without seeing some evidence of the four lads from Liverpool who went on to become the biggest musicians of the 20th century. From the world famous Cavern club and the Hard Day’s Night hotel to Penny Lane and the port of Liverpool statues, Liverpool has tributes and landmarks associated with The Beatles in locations scattered all over the city. The Beatles Story, however, is the perfect one-stop location to see the rise of the Fab Four and hear their music, all indoors and undercover. Catering to fans of all ages and abilities, the Royal Albert Dock attraction features multiple facilities and modifications to improve its accessibility, making that trip down memory lane even more enjoyable.
THE MERSEY FERRY
Made famous by the Gerry and Pacemakers song, the Ferry ‘cross The Mersey continues to run daily and offers a great variety of accessible features. Mersey Ferries are a fantastic way to view the Liverpool skyline and visit the attractions of our neighbours across the water on the Wirral peninsula. For the more energetic and adventurous, take a nautical trip to Seacombe where you’ll find pedestrianised single level walkways all along the waterfront, perfect for wheelchair users (ok, the title should be ‘disabled friendly tourist attractions in Liverpool and the Wirral’). Grab an ice-cream or a quick meal at New Brighton before heading back to the Ferry terminal and sailing back to Liverpool.
THE MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL
Liverpool plays host to world-famous museums from the Maritime Museum to The World Museum, but as a visitor to the looking to sample some real Scouse history, the Museum of Liverpool is a must see. With outstanding attention to detail, the museum aims to make its exhibits as accessible as possible from braille descriptions to guided tours for those living with dementia. You can find out what makes the museum one of the most disabled friendly tourist attractions in Liverpool here.
If you’re in the Liverpool area or are planning to make a special visit to Merseyside, book an appointment for the showroom at Halton Stairlifts in advance by calling 0800 644 7766. With help from our experienced team, you can try a stairlift for yourself on-site and choose from an outstanding selection of new and reconditioned straight and curved stairlifts to suit the needs of your home.