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Top 4 Places to Daytrip with Your Elderly Relative

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Taking your elderly loved one on a daytrip out can be a great source of joy to them and will provide you with happy memories for the years to come.

Whether your granny favours an ice cream at the beach, or your grandad wants a quiet stroll around a garden, we’ve compiled four top places that will be sure to put a smile on their faces.

Saltburn Beach

Saltburn beach is a truly picturesque sight on the coastline. With miles of spotless sandy beach and ample facilities, Saltburn is a hidden gem on the Northeast coast.

The town dates back to the Victorian heyday of the seaside, with great accessibility features including a cliff tramway that features the original water-balanced funicular lift technology from 1884.

This allows for easy access up the cliff-face to the main town and back down to the beach for a stroll along the sand.

Off-season, it’s a dog-friendly beach, with access to a pier, hireable beach huts, and deckchairs.

You can even visit Saltburn’s own miniature railway, which was established in 1947.

Kew Gardens

Kew botanical gardens are the perfect day out for every age, with attractions including carnivorous plants, the kitchen garden, arboretum, bamboo garden, the Great Pagoda, and the Treetop Walkway.

The walkway is a structural marvel, created with 1,000 metres of stainless-steel rope supplied by Ormiston Wire, and allows for a walk above the gardens closer to the sky and offering a glimpse into the ecosystem within the treetops.

The terrain is mostly flat and tarmacked, so there is easy accessibility for wheelchairs, and those who are less mobile.

The gardens offer free entry to carers, support workers, registered blind and partially sighted, as well as qualified disabled visitors.

West Midlands Safari Park

The Safari Park is well known to animal lovers across the country for its 4-mile-long safari drive, with many free-roaming exotic animals.

Every year, they run their winter lantern festival, which is comprised of 1,000 lanterns decorating the park, creating a wonderfully atmospheric visit.

They also have a theme park, African walking trail, and a discovery trail too, with restaurants like Burger Co, the Lost City Food Court, and Refreshment Kiosks placed around the park.

Carers are admitted free with a full-price adult ticket, and the park also offers free wheelchair hire and 41 disabled parking spaces.

The London Transport Museum

You can engage in an art deco train journey on a vintage 1938 train at the London Transport Museum and view their collection of old vehicles like the horse bus, double decker electric tram and the trolleybus.

The museum also operates guided depot tours and open days, as well as frequent evening workshops and guest speakers.

Disabled visitors can purchase a concessionary annual pass, as well as a free companion ticket. It is wheelchair accessible with ramps and level paths, however not all vehicle exhibits are accessible.

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