Jorvik at York:
One thing I am really passionate about is, raising the profile of places where people with MS can go. I've already mentioned volunteering and getting involved, but below are places in the local community where people can go to and meet people, get physio, remedial massage, advice and much much more. They are great places where I go myself and have enjoyed the benefits they bring.
They have a ride there too, which takes you through the Viking years and lasts about 10 minutes or so, I was a bit worried about getting on, but the assistant was great and held the carriage while I got on and didn't make me feel odd or anything, she acted as if it was an everyday occurrence.
Overall it was a pleasant visit from start to finish and would defiantly go again!
Fountain Abbey at York:
On the phone seemed very clear and once again when got there it was fantastic, the staff knew what to do and once again stated that carers go free. Even when I used the main entrance they told me about the other entrance which was easier, as I had a scooter. I would not recommend going without a scooter as there is a lot of walking, it is very scenic and historic too. There is good accessibility all the way round and it was a great day.
Castle Museum in York:
Once again phone call was great and staff knew what they were doing, however there was no access to the upper part of the museum, but for that reason there was no charge at all nor for visitor or carer. It was nice to look around. It didn't take long to go around and was worth the visit.
Castle Howard, North of York:
Once again great on the phone and the same once we got there. In truth the staff were fantastic and couldn't do anymore. This seemed to be becoming a theme throughout our trip to York. This was a fantastic and beautiful place to visit; it's hard to believe places like this really exist! A big compliment should also go to the Howard family who allow visitors in to their home.
Even though this was an old home, there was good access and also a stair lift for those who needed it. There was also a nice cafe and nice little shops where you can get some lovely cakes and other food.
Madame Tussauds, London:
This was ok, but not fantastic. There were lifts, but not really for public use and not where they are needed. There seemed to be a policy for disabled users, but not something they were used to or had been adequately trained for, however the staff were nice.
There was also a ride that you could go on, but to get on you have to be on a conveyer belt, which is not what I call accessible. To be honest I wouldn't recommend going if you're a wheelchair user, but if you can use crutches, then you may be able to struggle round.
Trafford Centre, Manchester:
Like most centre/malls accessibility has to be good and is, however I did find it difficult to find a disabled toilet in the Orient section of the Trafford Centre.
Disabled Parking in London:
I'm sorry but this is not only chaotic, but an absolute disaster. Finding a place to park is just a nightmare. I ended up parking in a private car park which had no disabled spaces and paid a premium price. So if you go, be prepared to hunt for parking or better still plan your parking in advance.
London Eye, London:
Probably the best place to go to with regards disabled access and a proper plan with regards what to do. The staff knew what was going on and had access to the eye itself. Once again carer goes free and well worth the visit.
You might wonder why I'm putting a Cinema with this, but I'll explain why. Yes. All cinemas have wheelchair accessible screens; however you'll usually find these at the bottom of the steps, in other words, close to the screen. For me the worse thing in a cinema is to be too close to the screen. So even though there are spaces for wheel chairs etc, they are not ideal.
The good thing about this cinema is that on three of the screens (Screens 1, 2, 4) you enter the cinema about half way up and there are steps going up or down, therefore they have wheelchair spaces in the middle and allows you to watch the film from a good distance. Furthermore when I called to ask about accessibility, I only had to call a landline number which was answered within seconds, not some 0871/0844 number that cost more and take you through a frustrating automated service. Also, the person on the phone was helpful.
However please remember to validate your car parking ticket if driving, as it gives you huge discounts on parking (which I was unaware of when I went!).