About the National Paralympic Heritage Centre

Stoke Mandeville is widely acknowledged as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement and the National Paralympic Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium celebrates and explore this unique history. The displays 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 interview with BBC Three Counties radio can be listened to here: 

Visitor information

Vicky Hope-Walker standing at the entrance to the National Paralympic Heritage Centre

Free Admission

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

During school holidays, when activities are planned, the centre may be closed for up to 30 minutes.

Group Tours and Talks
We welcome groups locally, from across the UK and Internationally. To arrange a tour or for more information click here

Getting to, and visiting the Heritage Centre

Upcoming event

Art posters from the Tokyo 1964 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Summer Games

The Sports Wheelchair Evolution display at the National Paralympic Heritage Centre

The Paralympic Timeline display at the National Paralympic Heritage Centre

Helene Raynsford, Paralympic rower competing at the Beijing 2008 Games

Half term family fun

11:00-12:30 & 14:00-15:30

Join in the countdown to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics by taking part in our activities.

  • Friday 21st February
  • Friday 17th April
  • Friday 29th May

Audio-described tours

10:00 & 14:00

Join us for an audio described tour of the National Paralympic Heritage Centre.

  • Thursday 13th February
  • Thursday 14th May
  • Thursday 13th August
  • Thursday 8th October

BSL tours

10:00 & 14:00

Join us for a BSL tour of the National Paralympic Heritage Centre, with guide Marie Biswell.

  • Thursday 27th February
  • Monday 11th May
  • Tuesday 11th August
  • Wednesday 4th November
Meet the Paralympian

Come along to meet a Paralympic athlete and find out what it's like to compete at an elite level.

  • Wednesday 11th March
  • Tuesday 4th August
  • Friday 13th November

Latest stories in our mini exhibition display

  • January-March - 2012 Children's Promise
  • April-June - Jean Stone MBE
  • July-October - Tokyo 2020/1964
  • November-January - Shooting GB Club

Makaton tours

Coming soon!

School sessions

  • Formal 45-minute sessions for schools available for KS 2-4.  Subjects catered for.
  • STEM, English, PSHE, Citizenship, Art and Design and other cross-curricular activities.
  • Online resources for use as either part of your self-led visit or to compliment your formal sessions.
  • Self-led trails.

For more information about any of our activities or tours contact us on 01296 489929 or email [email protected]

Highlights from 2019

We have been delighted to welcome a diverse range of groups to the Heritage Centre this year who have visited as part of a tour or attended one of our special event days. Read more

Share your stories

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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