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
To arrange for a group tour please save the downloadable booking form, fill in and send the form by email to: [email protected].

Getting to, and visiting the Heritage Centre

Heritage Centre events & activities

Autumn activities & competitions

Take part in our writing competition, quiz and origami making activity sessions. More information can be found on our news page here

Available daily

Just a quick visit? Try out our family trail when you arrive. There's also activity sheets for families and schools. 

Friday 4th October, 11am-1pm & 1-3pm

As part of the Chiltern Heritage Festival we have two fun and interactive sessions available for both children and adults. The sessions include:

  • A brief presentation about the Paralympic Movement
  • A tour of the Heritage Centre
  • The opportunity to meet a Paralympian

For more information visit the Chiltern Society event webpage here

Tours of the Heritage Centre

Arrange a tour for your community group, business team or simply for those visiting Buckinghamshire.

Makaton and Touch Tours

Coming soon!

BSL Tours

Our first BSL tour took place in July and we received some wonderful responses:

The exhibition is wonderful. I enjoyed the tour very much and found it interesting. The BSL interpreter used a lot of expression and she was very clear.

More BSL tour dates will be added to our Autumn events schedule.

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 contact us on 01296 489929 or email [email protected]

Meet the Paralympian Day

We had a great day with Naomi Riches MBE, Paralympic adaptive rower, sharing her story and experience of competing at an elite level. The day started with a Business breakfast, followed by a Q&A and 'have a go at rowing' sessions, and a tour of the Paralympic Heritage Centre. Read more information about Naomi here

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

Celebrating the opening of the Paralympic Heritage Centre

On Friday 29th and Saturday 30th March 2019, the National Paralympic Heritage Trust were delighted to celebrate the opening of the first Paralympic Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement.

300 guests were welcomed to the launch on Friday with speeches from:

Sir Philip Craven speaking at the opening of the National Paralympic Heritage Centre

Eva Loeffler OBE speaking at the National Paralympic Heritage Centre launch
Nigel Purse speaking at the opening of the National Paralympic Heritage Centre

Sir Philip Craven MBE, Paralympian, spoke of his wheelchair basketball experiences in the 1960s

On Saturday the centre was opened to the public. Visitors enjoyed:

  • Paralympian, John Harris' story of his gold medal win at the 1984 Paralympic Games. Watch the video clip
  • Guided tours around the centre.
  • ‘Have a go’ Paralympic sport sessions.
  • Watching drama performances from ‘I Have a Voice Too’ theatre group. Watch the video clip

Sir Philip Craven, Eva Loeffler and Dr Guttmann

Paralympian BuDs volunteer dressed in the Pyeongchang kit and holding the torch
Sir Philip Craven, Eva Loeffler and Dr Guttmann's great grandchildren cut the ribbon at the official opening. Paralympian's, Margaret Maughan and Sally Haynes. BuDs volunteer dressed in the Pyeongchang 2018 kit and holding the Torch.

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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Image credit: Stoke Mandeville Stadium courtesy of More Leisure