Opening on Saturday 30th March 12-6pm

Join us in celebrating the opening of the brand new, accessible, National Paralympic Heritage Centre. There will be plenty of exciting activities for all the family to enjoy including:

  • A guided tour of the Heritage Centre. Please book as you arrive as numbers are limited.
  • Meet Paralympian discus thrower, John Harris, who won gold at the 1984 Paralympic Games.
  • Performance from local drama group 'I have a voice too'.
  • 'Have a go' at a Paralympic sport.
  • Family fun - 'Incredible Me' craft activity.

A BSL interpreter will be attending from 12 until 3pm.

Parking - please allow plenty of time for parking as a handball event is taking place at the stadium.


Would you like the chance to cut the ribbon on Saturday 30th March? Enter our draw here

About the National Paralympic Heritage Centre

Stoke Mandeville is widely acknowledged as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement and the opening of the National Paralympic Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium will celebrate and explore this unique history. The displays will showcase the determination, sportsmanship and vision that gave the world the Paralympic Games including:

  • The life and work of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann.
  • Key milestones in the journey from the 1948 Stoke Mandeville Games to the present day Paralympic Games.
  • The development of wheelchair sports.
  • Paralympic ceremonies.

Vicky Hope-Walker's radio interview with local radio station Mix 96 about the National Paralympic Heritage Centre can be listened to here:


Visitor information

Opening Hours

Monday 12-6pm
Tuesday 12-6pm
Wednesday 10am-6pm
Thursday 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 10am-6pm

Tour and Talks

Pre-booked tours and talks are available please contact us to arrange.

Available daily

Activity sheets for families and schools. 


Free Admission

  • The exhibition is small - you should allow between 20 and 40 minutes to enjoy it fully.
  • There is level access throughout and all of the displays are accessible to wheelchair users.
  • Seating is provided around the edge of the exhibition.
  • Printed material is available in large print and a number of displays have hand-held large print guides and Braille captions.
  • There are a small number of touch objects. Look out for the hand motif.
  • Audio guides are provided to some of the displays and include Audio Description. The headsets are fitted with induction loop.
  • Films with speech have British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation and subtitles.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome.

Please get in touch if you have any stories connected to the Paralympics and disability sport. You can contact us at [email protected] 

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The National Paralympic Heritage Trust is supported by the British Paralympic Association, WheelPower - British Wheelchair Sport, Aylesbury Vale District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council, with grant aid from:

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Image credit: Stoke Mandeville Stadium courtesy of More Leisure