8 Keys to Success for Handicapped Travel to Dublin Ireland
By John Sage
Dublin handicapped travelers will encounter challenges that are typical in many European cities. Cobblestones, hills, and old inaccessible buildings exist here just like in Athens, Rome, or Florence. Nevertheless, with proper planning and these 8 Keys to Success for Handicapped Travel to Dublin, visiting Dublin with a disability can still be a great experience.
1. Figure out which accessible bus lines you will need – Wheelchair visitors will be able to save money and time by easily getting between tourist sites using accessible bus routes. Electric wheelchair users and mobility scooter users in particular will benefit by using the wheelchair ramps on the buses which don’t exist in the taxis.
2. Group attractions into east, west, and far west – When planning your handicapped travel to Dublin, you’ll want to group attractions by proximity to minimize the amount of walking or rolling you’ll have to do. The easiest way to divide up the sites is to put them in three groups. The eastern end of Dublin includes the Number 29 Georgian House, the National Gallery, Marrion Square, and the National Archaeological Museum. The western end of Dublin contains Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, the Chester Beatty Library, and Temple Bar. The far western end of Dublin is where Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol are located, and they require transportation to reach.
3. Take an accessible walking tour – The history of Dublin and the entire country of Ireland can be explained in a fascinating manner during a Dublin walking tour. Tours visit Dublin Castle, Trinity College, Temple Bar, and other major attractions. Accessible tour routes exist that have no steps or have steps that can be circumvented by going around the block.
4. Get out of city centre to visit Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol – Although located slightly to the west of the city center, the Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol can be easily reached by wheelchair accessible bus or a quick taxi ride.
5. Participate in pub culture – Dublin (and Temple Bar in particular) offers numerous pubs to mingle with locals and/or other Dublin visitors. Many of the pubs have step-free access or a single step at the entrance. Some pubs have bathrooms downstairs, so you may want to inquire at the door about the accessibility of the bathroom.
6. Check closing days – Not all attractions are open every day, so be sure to check the opening times on the days you will be visiting. Sunday mornings and Mondays are the most common times to encounter closed attractions.
7. Attend an Irish Dancing Show – No handicapped travel to Dublin is complete without experiencing an Irish Dancing Show which is one of the most popular sightseeing activities for visitors to Dublin. The Arlington Hotel Pub is one of several places that you can find a wheelchair accessible venue for an Irish Dancing Show
8. Shop in an outdoor pavilion – Grafton Street near St. Stephen’s green has paved, wheelchair-friendly outdoor pedestrian routes between numerous accessible shops. Not every shop has step-free accessible but the accessible shopping opportunities are plenty.
Want a worry-free, fully accessible vacation?
Check out our Dublin accessible trip planning services
Dublin Accessible Travel – main page
Pros and Cons of Dublin Disabled Access
8 Keys to Success for Dublin Disabled Travel
Dublin Accessible Van Transfers
Dublin Mobility Scooter Rentals
Travel Insurance for Disabled Travelers
Dublin Trip Planning by Sage Traveling – Travel with Ease!
Contact our Dublin accessible travel consultants