How it works

Tourism is for Everybody is a movement of individuals, businesses and policy-makers acting together to improve the experience for disabled tourists and travellers in the UK.

It’s not just about installing facilities. It’s about understanding, awareness and respect. So whether you’re an individual, a tourism business, or anyone who can help us spread the word - explore the links below and find out how you can help.

Join the conversation

We’re broadening understanding of ‘accessible tourism’ - how it feels, how we measure it and what it really means to disabled individuals.

We’re listening to real experiences and sharing advice. We’re helping tourism businesses ensure a positive experience for every individual. Everybody can be part of this conversation.

From the beaches in Bournemouth to the museums in Manchester, I want disabled people to share the experiences that others enjoy freely

Tourism in the UK is thriving with more people choosing to stay at home than go abroad. The spending power of disabled households is already £212 billion and by making a few changes, this can go further. Businesses have made great strides by making physical changes – introducing ramps, handrails and hearing loops. But for some, providing a warm welcome and a positive attitude is equally as important as the facilities.

Travel helps me to understand myself, and Asperger syndrome, and this campaign makes that possible for everybody

I have been fortunate enough to visit various parts of Europe, including stays in Switzerland and Germany, as well as the USA, seeing for myself how other cultures live and gain a better understanding of myself. For me, this campaign serves as a way to help others with Asperger syndrome and autism, like myself, to have the opportunity to experience the joys of travel for themselves, wherever that may be. I believe this is very important in our interconnected world.

Travel is about discovery, and everybody should have the chance to experience that

As a wheelchair user and someone who loves to travel, I think ‘Tourism is for Everybody’ is an important campaign and one that will benefit myself as well as so many other people and businesses. It will help people discover great accessible places whilst raising awareness and improving accessibility.

It’s not just about legislation and infrastructure, it’s about awareness and respect

I am very proud that Tourism for All has launched this campaign. I see this as providing a better experience for travellers and tourists as well as being a massive benefit to businesses. I have worked in the industry for over 50 years in many different sectors and with my experience and also being a parent of a wheel chair user fully appreciate how much better life can be for disabled people by the simplest of things – staff who are well informed, confident and welcoming.

My wife and I want to holiday together, and just need a little help and understanding

My wife and I never had a holiday apart, only ever separated if I was required to stay away on business. Alzheimer’s changed that, you must have respite they said! The thought of a holiday without her was awful, now I have hope, together again, on holiday with help and assistance.

I want to book my family holiday with confidence, and focus on enjoyment

As a disabled person and a parent, I believe a movement such as Tourism is for Everybody is vital. I want to be able to go on trips and holidays with the confidence to be able to take my Son places and have an enjoyable day out. I know that if I see a business sporting the Tourism is for Everybody logo it will be welcoming and easy for myself and other disabled tourists to access.

The Wheelyboat Trust: making boats accessible

The Wheelyboat Trust is a small national charity dedicated to providing mobility impaired people of all ages with access to waterborne activities using specially designed wheelchair accessible Wheelyboats. We talked to director Andy Beadsley, who is himself a wheelchair user, to find out how it works and how you can get on board.

Disabled holidays: accessing the Peak District and Derbyshire

​If you have a disability, travelling is rarely straight forward. So that’s why we’ve teamed up with Carrie-Ann Lightley from Tourism for All, to bring you a series of articles to help make travelling and disabled holidays easier and more accessible. Carrie-Ann has over 10 years’ experience working in the accessible tourism industry, and many years as a wheelchair traveller. Here we hear about her recent trip to the Peak District and Derbyshire.

Who are we?

Tourism for All is the UK Voice for Accessible Tourism. We are a national charity dedicated to making tourism welcoming to all.