Lisburn-based stairlift supplier Olympic Lifts has looked at the accessibility of more than 40 of Ireland’s most visited attractions and found that 40% of them are not fully wheelchair accessible.
The list of attractions is taken from Fáilte Ireland’s list of most visited attractions (free and paid) in 2017 and includes the Cliffs of Moher, Dublin Zoo and the Book of Kells among its ranks.
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Many of these tourist attractions are in places with rugged ground and historic steps, like the Glendalough site and Blarney Castle, making them incompatible with modernization, but many more simply haven’t modernized. their facilities to meet the needs of all visitors.
Others still have only partial accessibility, such as the National Museum of Ireland – Archeology, Kildare St, which allows people in wheelchairs and scooters to visit only one of its floors.
Michael of Olympic Lifts commented: “It is disappointing to learn that so many of these fantastic attractions have still not been updated for wheelchair users to visit. Some might argue that some of these older buildings cannot be made more accessible, but after 30 years of experience helping people update their buildings and, in one case, a disused warship, we are not. disagree.
“Of course, we shouldn’t ignore the fact that 60% of these most visited attractions were fully accessible to wheelchair users, and many included additional guide information in audio or braille format, and organized special tours. for people with dementia as well.
“A lot is being done to make tourism in Ireland more accessible, and it’s encouraging to see.”
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Here is an overview of the non-wheelchair accessible and partially accessible attractions:
Attractions not accessible to wheelchairs:
- Malin Head Lookout, Donegal
- Glendalough site, Wicklow
- Castletown House Parklands, Kildare
- Blarney Castle and Gardens, Cork
- Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, Galway
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Partially accessible attractions:
- Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, Clare
- Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Clare
- Farmleigh, Dublin
- Brú na Boinne Newgrange, Meath
- Muckross House Gardens and Traditional Farm, Kerry
- National Museum of Ireland – Archeology, Kildare St, Dublin
- National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion St, Dublin
- Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
- Glenveagh Castle and Park, Donegal
- Former Jameson Distillery, Dublin
- Dublinia, Dublin
- Gardens of Birr Castle and Science Center. Offaly
- Connemara National Park, Galway.
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