Over the centuries the UK built up a rich cultural legacy, leaving behind plenty of majestic buildings, such as cathedrals, for you to explore as a mobility scooter user. At Quingo Scooters, we’re devoted to helping you plan exciting days out, so we’re building up a list of these accessible attractions.
We want to draw your attention to one of this country’s most visited religious sites today. Join us as we head to the iconic York Minster, which should be included on any history buff’s bucket list!
Based in the heart of York, the city’s eponymous Minster was originally built by the Anglo-Saxons way back in 637 A.D. The glorious building was renovated throughout the centuries, taking on its current gothic façade during the 13th Century. Today the Minster houses a treasure trove of medieval stained glass artworks and stone masterpieces, such as its gothic nave, for you to check out.
York Minster boasts various must-see sites like a grand 19th Century organ and collections based in the Minster’s legendary undercoft including priceless artefacts such as the horn of Ulf, a 1000 year old decorated elephant tusk. The Minster is also home to the King’s Screen, which features statues of 15 English Kings. Other areas of interest include its octagonal Chapter House and the five sisters’ window, built to commemorate the British Empire women who died in World War One.
You can also find a range of events to take part in at York Minster. This includes church services and performances by the talented Minster Choir. It opens for sightseeing between 9am and 5pm on weekdays, and between 12.45pm and 5pm on Sundays, with adult tickets for the Minster itself coming in at £10. Visit the York Minster website’s opening times and admissions page to learn more.
Navigating the Minster
York Minster’s staff have made it their mission to welcome every visitor, and it is very accessible for mobility scooter users. York Minster is about 10 minutes away from the city’s train station, making it simple for out-of-towners to find. It does not have a car park, but there are pay and display car parks a short distance away, with more details available on the getting here section of York Minster’s website.
The vast majority of York Minster is accessible, and you can learn more details by checking out the Accessibility portion of its website. You will have no problem entering the building, as the path outside is level and its double width doors measure 90cm in size. You will be immediately greeted by a reception desk, just 10 metres away from the doors, where you can find plenty of information on the Minster.
You can use your mobility scooter across most of the public areas of York Minster, as there is level access throughout. There is also a lift, situated just 58 metres away from York Minster’s entrance, which will take you down to the undercroft and crypt. The lift measures 135cm x 145cm and its doors are 90cm wide, while its controls are in reach for mobility scooter users. It also has a mirror, making it easier for you to reverse out. The entrance further houses a 90cm wide accessible toilet, with level access.
The Quingo Scooter range features six models to suit your needs and budget. New models are now available from just £22/week on our new contract hire scheme which includes all servicing and maintenance, Insurance, Roadside Recovery, Call Outs and Consumables including Batteries and Tyres. For more information on this or the latest Quingo Scooter range, please visit our website. Alternatively, if you have any Service questions you can always contact us or call customer services on 01582 430 900.
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