Wheelchair-friendly Holiday Destinations

20 Feb 2024

There was a time when being in a wheelchair meant you couldn’t explore a lot of places, both in the United Kingdom and around the world. Thankfully, accessibility is fast becoming more and more considered in cities and locations across the globe.

We’ve done some research and found some top wheelchair-friendly travel destinations so you can explore and make the most of your trip away whilst in your wheelchair.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, known for its architectural wonders and rich cultural tapestry, stands out as a wheelchair-friendly haven. Begin your journey with a visit to the iconic Sagrada Família, where ramps and lifts ensure that everyone can marvel at Gaudi’s masterpiece. Explore the accessible wonders of Park Güell and indulge in the vibrant atmosphere of La Rambla, where wheelchair-friendly cafés and shops line the bustling streets.

Accessible transport and beaches

Barcelona doesn’t just boast architectural brilliance; it also offers accessible beaches. Roll down the iconic Barceloneta Beach’s wooden walkways, taking in the sea breeze and the lively beach atmosphere. The city’s commitment to inclusivity extends to its public transportation, making it easier for wheelchair users to navigate this enchanting city.

Brandenburg Gate

Berlin, Germany

Berlin is a fascinating city filled with history and magnificent architecture. The city is relatively flat and has wide pavements, which makes it perfect for those in a wheelchair or with limited mobility.

Berlin prides itself on being ‘barrier-free’ for people with physical and other disabilities. In 2013, the city was given the European Commission’s Access City award, which proves its dedication to accessibility.

The public transport options in Berlin are also very wheelchair-friendly. The U-Bahn, trams and buses are all accessible for those with limited mobility.


Along with Berlin, Luxembourg came first in 2020 in the European Commission’s Access City awards. Local and national governments have made marked improvements in the city’s infrastructure in recent years by making transport wheelchair-accessible and ramps added to intersections across the city. These improvements have helped make the city much easier to navigate for people with limited mobility.

Transport and attractions

Not only is the public transport wheelchair–friendly, but it is also free for all to use! So you can truly explore the wonderful history and culture of this vibrant city with ease.

There are plenty of places to visit including museums, galleries, and old buildings that are all accessible for wheelchair users.

sydney opera house

Sydney, Australia

Sydney is home to some beautiful beaches, open green spaces and soaring skylines. Not only does Sydney have

It is also one of the best places for people with limited mobility. Most public transport is barrier-free and accessible for wheelchair users, there are plenty of parking spaces and public toilets that are disability-friendly.

There are plenty of attractions and places to visit from botanical gardens to fascinating museums that are all wheelchair-friendly

Accessible beach

Deep sand and wheelchairs might sound like they shouldn’t mix, but if you head down to Manly Beach you can hire a beach wheelchair for free! So, you can roll along the sand and take a dip in the water to cool off!

Washington D.C, USA

America’s capital prides itself on being one of the most accessible cities in the world. With its accessible public transport system and attractions, it’s a must-visit for those who enjoy history and architecture.

The city’s Metro stations are all wheelchair friendly with ramps, lifts and wheelchair-adapted gates. The city has wide pavements and is a relatively flat city, so getting around is a breeze.

For history buffs, all the city’s major monuments are  wheelchair friendly and wheelchair users can easily visit attractions such as the White House and Capitol Building.

cape town

Cape Town, South Africa

On the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town is a wheelchair-friendly haven with stunning landscapes and vibrant culture. Take the accessible cable car up Table Mountain for panoramic views of the city and ocean or explore the wheelchair-accessible Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, where indigenous plants and sculptures create a serene atmosphere.

Accessible Safaris

Safaris are not always thought of as accessible. However, many safari companies have taken steps to ensure they can cater to those with mobility issues in recent years. The Aquila Private Game Reserve has specially designed game-viewing vehicles for their safaris, so everyone can enjoy the beauty of African wildlife.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The capital of the Netherlands is a city rich in culture and history. Over recent years it has made improvements to its accessibility.

Transport and attractions

The city’s trams have designated spaces for wheelchairs and priority seating. Newer trams have wide wheelchair-accessible doors and levelled entry points.

There are plenty of accessible attractions, including boat tours and museums. The streets and pavements are accessible and there are

Wheelchair-friendly holiday destinations

  1. Barcelona, Spain
  2. Berlin, Germany
  3. Luxembourg
  4. Sydney, Australia
  5. Washington D.C, USA
  6. Cape Town, South Africa
  7. Amsterdam, Netherlands

In a global celebration of diversity and accessibility, these cities offer not only beauty and culture but also a commitment to ensuring that every traveller can experience the wonders they have to offer.

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