ATTRACTIONS across the region feature in a new guide aimed at people with special access needs.

A revamped edition of The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain has been produced, including – for the first time – information for visitors with conditions such as autism and mental illness.

As well as details of ramps, accessible toilets and parking spaces, the guide also indicates whether a venue offers features such as quiet mornings, picture stories or bespoke queuing arrangements.

There are more than 180 reviews of locations ranging from museums and art galleries to wildlife parks and gardens.

Specialist organisations such as the National Autistic Society have provided advice as part of the project.

Tom Purser, for the society, said: "We are delighted to have worked on this new edition of the guide, which has taken into account the needs of autistic visitors.

"With over 700,000 autistic people in the UK, it is vital that they are able to enjoy days out just like anyone else.

"This has been a great opportunity for us to increase awareness of autism, in partnership with organisations that are proactively making leisure activities more accessible to autistic people."

The guide can be viewed and downloaded at