Lives in Kendal, United Kingdom
Since Jan 2015
25-34 year old female
13 years in accessible travel. Award winning blogger, travel writer & campaigner, passionate about equal access for all.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Gift & Speciality Shops
Bars & Clubs
Market Street is one of the busiest shopping streets in Manchester, and the access is a breeze. Since much of central Manchester was rebuilt in the late 1990s, smooth, wide, step-free pavements are the norm here. There are often street performers to entertain shoppers – and with huge department stores and the Arndale centre close by, it's easy to spend a full day shopping!
Afflecks is an amazing alternative shopping experience. Here you can browse vintage clothing, skate shops, fancy dress, gifts, natural remedies, and loads of other quirky goods. There's also a cafe on the top floor, and the lift ride up is entertaining in itself – with surprising sound effects on each floor, including screaming witches and barking dogs!
Authenticity and accessibility can be difficult to find together, but La Vina really gets it right without feeling like a high street chain. Amazing tapas, beautiful wines, and a buzzing happy atmosphere make for a wonderful lunch or dinner. An accessible toilet is available on the ground floor, and the staff are attentive and helpful.
A quick walk/wheel around Manchester's Chinatown might leave you despairing that none of its restaurants are accessible, since most of them are located at basement or first-floor level. The New Emperor, however, has a step-free entrance and an accessible toilet – a real rarity in this area! Plus, the food is fresh, hot and authentic; and while the restaurant is certainly no frills, you often see many of the Chinatown locals eating here – which is never a bad sign!
Located in the heart of Deansgate, the Slug and Lettuce has a relaxed, funky atmosphere. Fresh, affordable food and all-day, two-for-one cocktail specials make this spot especially busy at peak times – and it's easy to join the crowd since the restaurant is step-free throughout and equipped with fully accessible toilets.
Attracting hordes of hen parties with its flamboyant cabaret shows (which are a giggle to watch), The Birdcage is a great place for a fun night out with a twist. The bouncers are super helpful, the crowd always friendly, and the bar staff quick to serve drinks. Accessible toilets are available.