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The Top 4 Accessible Ancient Ruins in Europe

Ancient ruins are some of my most favorite places to explore in Europe. However, they are also some of the most challenging attractions I’ve encountered. 
Historic, ancient ruins are scattered all across Europe…from Stonehenge in the North to Pompeii in the South….from Pont du Gard in the West to Hagia Sophia in the East. With the right accessibility research, a vetted tour route and an experienced tour guide, you can be in for a real treat when marveling at incredible monuments of ancient civilizations!
In this month’s newsletter, I’m here to let you know that many of them, including the Top 4 Accessible Ancient Ruins, are completely doable in a wheelchair! 

Some of our wonderful clients shared this photo from their accessible guided tour to the ancient ruins of Herculaneum in Italy. 


The Top 4 Accessible Ancient Ruins In Europe

1. The Acropolis in Athens
One of the most iconic ruins in Europe, the Greek Acropolis, towers over the city of Athens. Reaching the top of the Acropolis to view the breathtaking Parthenon is possible in a wheelchair by using a special lift that has carefully been installed along the rock siding. Please note, you will need special permission to use it. While the top does have some uneven ground to navigate, it is worth tackling to experience the memorable site firsthand. The nearby Acropolis Museum offers good accessibility and is a wonderful place to explore original archaeological finds.

When St. Paul wrote his “letter to the Ephesians”, this is who he was writing it to. Although only ruins remain here, this was one of the most important cities in the Mediterranean 1900 years ago. Lots of uneven terrain and a downhill slope make this challenging (have a look at my full Ephesus access review for more info). Nevertheless, some of the best parts can be visited in a wheelchair and they are simply incredible!
Disabled Access in Kusadasi & Ephesus
John Sage navigating the grounds of Ephesus
3. The Pompeii Ruins near Naples
From a research perspective, the wonderfully preserved Roman resort city of Pompeii reveals more about Roman life than anywhere else. The ruins were buried in 79 AD and remained preserved for more than 1700 years. Disabled access is very poor through most of the city, however, over the past years, several small ramps have been installed to make navigating the rough terrain easier for wheelchair users. 
This photo was taken during our wheelchair accessible Pompeii Shore Excursion from Naples. Using accessible routes, you will be able to sites like this one firsthand.
4. Stonehenge near London
Stonehenge is an incredible valuable piece of prehistory located just outside London, England. The fascinating structure and grounds have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1986. The Stonehenge museum is easily accessible and offers interactive exhibitions that allows you to learn about the background and history of the ancient stones. To reach the actual site of the Stones, visitors must board a bus (with a ramp) for a short drive. The area by the Stones has a flat path available made of dirt and grass. This does not pose any major challenges for wheelchair users to move around.
Wonderful Sage Traveling clients enjoying a visit to Stonehenge


Did you know?
Our website offers endless resources of free disabled access reviews of attractions and museums, accessible travel tips and ideas, accessible travel photos and client feedback. We’d love to share it with you! Have a look
Travel Wisely,
John Sage, Founder and President of Sage Traveling


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