Ah, Ireland… Nature, history, music, pubs, beer: there are so many reasons to love this country and think about spending a holiday there. But, let’s be honest, at least until a few years ago, accessibility and attention towards disabled people’ needs weren’t exactly the first thing coming up to your mind, thinking about Dublin and its surroundings. Luckily, things are evolving and, also thanks to the commitment of many local associations and to the adoption of digital technologies, a deeper awareness about these topics is spreading. Then, why not thinking about Dublin for your next holiday? As always, it’s important to plan it well in advance and search for the appropriate info, to avoid unpleasant surprises once there.
Reaching Dublin from Italy is very easy and convenient: the city airport, according to the experts, is one of the most accessible in Europe. Once you get there, if you prefer renting a car, you’ll have the chance to choose one fitting with your specific needs. On the contrary, if you prefer public transports, you’ll be glad to know that, in Dublin, the most part of buses, trams and trains, and their stops, is accessible to travellers with motoric disability and work to adapt all of them is in progress. Do you prefer cabs? Many of them are accessible also to passengers using a wheelchair: you’ll identify them from the icon visible on the vehicle’s top.
And what about the city monuments, museums, pubs, restaurants and shops? Finding the information about the accessibility of the attractions we’re more interested in is easy, thanks to a very well curated website, created by two Dubliner guys and award-winning for its commitment to accessibility: Mobility Mojo, sort of “accessibility Tripadvisor”, that, based on the info shared by website managers and users (and verified by the website managers), provides detailed info about the accessibility of touristic attractions, hotels, shops, public transports, not only in Dublin. To see them, you only have to sign up (for free) on the site. It isn’t addressed only to disabled people (for instance, the presence of elevators, the absence of stairs, and so on), but also to people with special needs (for instance, who travels with little children and needs to know if the place he wants to visit has bathrooms equipped with areas to change the diaper).
Enjoy your holiday in Dublin!