3 accessible things to do near Edinburgh

Enjoy member savings with these 3 wheelchair-friendly attractions around Edinburgh with the Club’s Great Savings Guide

Ah, Edinburgh – The capital of Scotland, and one of my personal favourite cities in the UK. Its cobbled streets are full of history, yet there is a surprising amount of wheelchair-friendly attractions in the area. Here are some that are included in the Club’s Great Savings Guide

Edinburgh Bus Tours

Whether you’re new to the city or just want to learn more about it, a bus tour is the perfect place to start! You can choose from a variety of routes – all of which begin at St Andrew Square and take you across the city, with an informative commentary teaching you about the sights as you go.

Three of these hop-on hop-off buses offer an open-top ride, while all of them have a ground level that is easily accessible to wheelchair users. We opted for the “Edinburgh Tour”, which had ramped entry, two rear-facing wheelchair spaces, and even a live camera feed on a screen, giving you a clear view all around.

Passing famous sites such as Edinburgh Castle, The Palace of Holyrood House and the atmospheric Royal Mile, we sat back and relaxed. It was a great way to soak up the city!

Caravan and Motorhome Club members benefit from 10% off ticket prices, and tickets are valid for 24 hours.

Nearest Club site: Edinburgh – 5.4 miles.


The Royal Yacht Britannia

Sitting proudly in the Port of Leith is one of the most famous yachts in the world, having served the Royal Family across more than one million nautical miles. As you wander around each of the five decks, you can’t help but imagine the goings on that would’ve occurred on board all those years ago. From state visits to family holidays, this former floating palace has seen it all.

Nowadays, it’s a 5-star, award-winning visitor attraction, and it’s easy to see why! Having been preserved in its previous state, you get to explore from the tasteful Drawing Room and Queen Elizabeth II’s bedroom, to the servants quarters below – giving you a real insight into royal life.

I was pleasantly surprised by how wheelchair accessible the yacht was. There are lifts and ramps throughout, and the crew even gave me headphones and a longer strap so I could listen to the fascinating commentary while the device rested on my lap.

Club members get 10% off ticket prices with the Great Savings Guide.

Nearest Club site: Edinburgh – 5.2 miles.


The National Museum of Flight

Spread across East Fortune Airfield, this expansive museum makes a great day out for all ages! It is home to a wide variety of aircraft, from war planes to commercial jets, with hangars that live on as a reminder of the First and Second World Wars that it was once a part of.

There is so much to see and do, but a personal highlight for me was the Concorde Experience. Its sheer size will give you goosebumps when you first catch sight of it, and there is so much to learn about.

Accessibility throughout the museum is good, with ramps in all the right places, accessible toilets and the option to drive and park your car outside the hangars if you struggle with walking long distances.

Club members benefit from 50% off ticket prices with the Great Savings Guide.

Nearest Club site: Yellowcraig – 6.5 miles.

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