Visitor information

The Paralympic Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium is temporarily closed to visitors but you can visit it from the comfort of your home through our virtual tour below.  Using 3D technology, you can ‘walkthrough’ exhibition spaces and zoom in on specific artefacts or artwork. You can access video, British Sign Language, text caption and audio-description options at points of interest.

For group and school tours we are able to offer bookings for realtime virtual guided tours and talks, please contact us for more information at [email protected]

Reopening of Museums

Update: Thursday 25th June 2020

The National Paralympic Heritage Centre has no immediate plans for reopening as our permanent displays are within a sports centre and hospital where access remains restricted. We are however working hard behind the scenes planning to reopen once we are confident it is safe for both visitors, volunteers and staff, and will keep you posted on our website and through social media. In the meantime please continue to enjoy our exciting virtual tours and events.

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 explores 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.

Virtual Tour

Video Tour

Vicky Hope Walker, CEO of the National Paralympic Heritage Trust, takes us for a 20 minute video tour of the Paralympic Heritage Centre  showing her favourite items. The tour includes British Sign Language by interpreter Marie Biswell.

Widgit Tour

The Widgit tour has been developed to use alongside either the virtual or video tours above. Click here to view the full Widgit tour or download as a pdf. Please contact us if you require an alternative format.

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Accessibility
Getting to, and visiting the Heritage Centre

Upcoming events

The Sports Wheelchair Evolution display at the National Paralympic Heritage Centre

The Paralympic Timeline display at the National Paralympic Heritage Centre

International visitors having a tour of the Paralympic Heritage Centre

Audio-described tours

10:00 & 14:00

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

  • Thursday 8th October

BSL tours

10:00 & 14:00

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

  • Tuesday 11th August
  • Wednesday 4th November

Group tours

We welcome groups locally, from across the UK and Internationally. For more information or to arrange a visit, go to our group tour webpage.

Incredible Me learning chest activities for home

Naomi Riches MBE sharing her story at the Meet the Paralympian business breakfast

Children and teachers at Booker Park special school looking  at Paralympic medals

Family fun activities

Take a look at the activities in our 'Incredible Me' Learning Chest. Resources to use at home to develop an understanding about disability whilst learning about the Heritage of the Paralympics. 

Meet the Paralympian

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

  • Tuesday 4th August
  • Friday 13th November

School sessions

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.

Latest stories in our mini exhibition display

2012 Children's Promise


Highlights from 2019

Celebrating the opening

On Friday 29th March 2019, we were delighted to celebrate the opening of the Paralympic Heritage Centre, here at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement. Read more

Welcoming visitors

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

Feedback written on postcards from a Group tour of the Paralympic Heritage Centre

Feedback from a Group Tour of the Paralympic Heritage Centre


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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Partners

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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