Guests from Essex respite holiday centre give Parliament the thumbs up!
A group of disabled guests from Revitalise Jubilee Lodge respite holiday centre in Chigwell gave their seal of approval to the accessibility arrangements of the Palace of Westminster last Friday, 13 February, during the charity’s first ever visit to the historic landmark.
Among the glorious sights to which the group were given access during their guided tour were the immense Westminster Hall, the Central Lobby, the House of Commons, House of Lords and the sumptuous Queen’s Robing Room.
At the end of the tour the group enjoyed a delicious high tea overlooking the Thames in the Palace’s Terrace Pavilion, the traditional haunt of famous politicians and statesmen over the ages.
Revitalise’s decision to bring a group of guests to the Palace of Westminster for the first time was a reflection of the recent efforts made by the Palace to improve accessibility for disabled people.
In 2014, as a result of Revitalise’s high profile campaigning work to improve the accessibility of the UK’s visitor attractions, the charity was invited to endorse the Palace’s new accessibility video, presented by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, a cross-bench Peer.
Commenting on his experience, Harlow resident and Jubilee Lodge guest David Jones said:
“The trip was very enjoyable. I’ve learned a lot about what goes on here. It’s been interesting and informative. We’ve been able to get round with no problems, so I’d say the accessibility here is very good. Our tour guide said parts of the Palace date back to the Middle Ages, so being able to get around so much of it is an incredible result.”
A second excursion by guests from Jubilee Lodge to the Palace of Westminster will take place this Friday, 20 February.
Accessible excursions to the many visitor attractions of London are an integral part of the Jubilee Lodge experience. Revitalise conducts a thorough assessment of the accessibility arrangements of each tourist attraction to which it takes its guests.