Visitor information

The Paralympic Heritage Centre is temporarily closed to visitors but you can still visit it virtually by watching this 20 minute video tour by Vicky Hope Walker, CEO of the National Paralympic Heritage Trust. The tour highlights the fascinating objects which relate to the history of the Paralympic Movement, Paralympic Games timeline, Evolution of the wheelchair and Ceremonies of the Games. BSL and a transcript will be added shortly. 


Our announcement about the temporary closure of the Paralympic Heritage Centre can be read here

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: 

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 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 interpreter Marie Biswell.

  • Monday 11th May
  • 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.

Paralympic poster ideas created by children visiting Family Fun Day at the Paralympic Heritage Centre

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 days

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

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

  • Friday 17th April - cancelled
  • Friday 29th May

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

  • 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!

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


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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