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National Railway Museum recognised in new guide to accessible travel

The National Railway Museum in York is to feature in the new edition of The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, one of only a dozen attractions across Yorkshire to be included.

The guide has been published to support people with diverse needs in enjoying the best of Britain’s attractionswhatever their disability.

The National Railway Museum was visited by Rough Guides’ team of reviewers, who either have a disability themselves or who visited the venue with a disabled friend or relative.

Reviewers were impressed with the museum's efforts to be as inclusive as possible.

Jim Lowe, Head of Operations at the National Railway Museum, said:

“We are committed to try and make a visit to the museum an enjoyable experience for everyone. I am particularly pleased that the guide praised the ‘knowledge, enthusiasm and helpfulness of the staff and volunteers’ and I hope this will encourage more people to visit from across the UK.”

The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain provides clear and helpful advice to highlight the very best inclusive and accessible days out for people of all abilities, from museums and art galleries to wildlife parks and gardens nationwide.

The new edition places particular focus on accessibility for people with neuro-diverse and mental health conditions and has drawn on advice from specialist organisations such as the National Autistic Society.

It showcases many examples of best practice, with venues large and small providing imaginative solutions to the challenges posed by hidden disabilities.

Sally Greenaway, Head of Visit York said:

“It’s fantastic news that the National Railway Museum has been recognised for its accessibility. We’ve been working hard with organisations such as Be Independent to help make York as accessible as possible for our disabled visitors and our Visitor Centre team has completed training on a variety of issues such as how to be dementia and autism friendly. We’re committed to doing all we can to make York accessible for all.” 

The revamped guide, now in its 10th year, is an ideal planning tool for visitors with access needs and for the first time has extended its reviews to include information for visitors with more hidden conditions such as autism or mental illness.

As well as details of ramps, accessible toilets and parking spaces, visitors can find out well in advance about other accessible features such as quiet mornings, picture stories or bespoke queuing arrangements.

The refreshed and enhanced Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is now available online at accessibleguide.co.uk

ENDS

For more information, please contact:

Simon Baylis, PR & Communications Manager
simon.baylis@railwaymuseum.org.uk
01904 686 299

Rebecca Fuller, PR & Communications Executive
rebecca.fuller@railwaymuseum.org.uk

0190 468 6271

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About the National Railway Museum:

  • The National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world and attracts more than 700,000 visitors per year
  • The collection includes over 260 locomotives and rolling stock, 600 coins and medals as well as railway uniform and costume, equipment, documents, records, artwork and photographs
  • The National Railway Museum’s vast art collection comprises over 11,000 posters, 2,300 prints and drawings, 1,000 paintings, and 1,750,000 photographs
  • The National Railway Museum forms part of the Science Museum Group, along with the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and Locomotion in Shildon
  • Admission to the National Railway Museum is free, for more information visit: www.railwaymuseum.org.uk