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Stockwood Discovery Centre

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After a major refurbishment the former Stockwood Park Museum became a new visitor attraction in 2008.

Stockwood Discovery Centre was designed with environmentally green and sustainable principles in mind. It tries to tell stories of real people behind the collections, from prehistoric times.

Collections include geology, archaeology, social history and rural crafts. 

Highlights include the Wenlok Jug - a rare medieval masterpiece - a tram as well as the famous Mossman collection of carriages (the largest collection of its kind on display in the UK).

It is also great for garden enthusiasts. Stockwood Discovery Centre is one of the few places in the country where the work of 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 styles through the ages. 

There's a contemplative Sensory Garden, a colourful World Garden and a Medicinal Garden highlighting the usefulness of plants.

The Centre also offers a range of complementary services and facilities including group bookings and excursions, corporate room and venue hire, birthday parties, weddings, schools sessions and adult learning courses.


Address and contact details:

Stockwood Discovery centre
London Road
Junction 10 of M1

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01582 548600



Opening hours:

Summer opening (April to October)
Mon to Fri 10.00am - 5.00pm
Sat and Sun 11.00am - 5.00pm
Late night opening on the first Thursday of every month until 8pm.

Winter opening
Mon to Fri 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sat and Sun 11.00am - 4.00pm



Free (unless a special event)