If you like visiting National Trust properties and gardens and have a disability you should be aware of their Access For All policy. This policy covers access, guidebooks and information and perhaps most importantly entry.
The Access for All card gives free entry to one companion or carer of a the disabled visitor, whilst charging the normal price for the disabled visitor. The card has your name on it so that you can take different people with you depending on who is accompanying you that day, much like the CEA card we featured last week. Unlike the CEA card the AfA card is free, needing either an email or phone call (01793 817634) to receive it. It has no specific qualification requirements, just that you are disabled.
As well as the AfA card the National Trust offers a range of accessibility options. These do vary property to property broadly unless it says otherwise there is some form of disabled access to all sites and all sites have disabled WCs. Manual wheelchairs are available for loan on most sites and larger outdoor sites have self or volunteer driven mobility vehicles.
Guides are available for the majority of properties in Braille and/or large print and sensory information is being slowly rolled out across the estate. Induction loops are also being added as properties are being updated or restored, although this is a work in progress.
Finally they are getting as much information out there about access so you can judge for yourself if you would be able to visit. This includes online guides broken down by area, a free hard copy of the combined guides in either standard, large print or spoken.
For an organisation that aims to preserve the nations heritage the National Trust is very open and accessible and if you plan to visit the Acess for All card is something that should be in your wallet.