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Stockwood Discovery Centre

Luton, Bedfordshire, England

Attraction Information

  • Museums and Art Galleries icon Museums and Art Galleries

Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

The Stockwood Discovery Centre is designed with environmentally green and sustainable principles in mind. It tells the stories of real people behind the collections, exploring the history of the region from prehistoric times to the evolution of Stockwood House and the Farley estate.

The display collections include; geology, archaeology, social history and rural crafts. Highlights include the Wenlok Jug: a rare medieval masterpiece with strong links to Luton's history and development, the town's last tram and the famous Mossman collection of carriages: the largest collection of its kind on display in the UK.

A paradise for garden enthusiasts, Stockwood Discovery Centre is one of the few places in the country where the work of acclaimed artist Ian Hamilton Finlay can be seen on permanent display. His Improvement Garden is a classical garden in which the sculptures are an integral part of the landscape.

Once part of the original Stockwood House walled areas, the Period Gardens reflect the changing styles of gardening in this country. New areas include a contemplative Sensory Garden, a colourful World Garden and a Medicinal Garden highlighting the usefulness of plants.


  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


Stockwood Park, London Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 4LX, England


Click here to visit Stockwood Discovery Centre's website
01582 548600

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 10:00 - 17:00

Saturday and Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

Bank Holiday 11:00 - 17:00

Closing an hour early daily in winter.


Free admission.

Although they would gratefully receive a donation.

Some events may be charged for.

More Information

Eating information

The Couture restaurant and bar at Stockwood Discovery Centre is open to all and promotes the use of locally sourced ingredients from Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas to create British classic dishes at reasonable prices. The cafe also sells a range ice creams. Families are more than welcome. With the restaurant overlooking a large kids play area they will never get bored.


The Centre has toilet facilities situated at convenient location around the site. Disabled and baby changing facilities are found outside the restaurant area.

Gift shop

Looking for an original gift? Check out our wide range of merchandise in the gift shop at the front of the Centre.


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