Visiting the National Paralympic Heritage Centre

We look forward to welcoming you to the birthplace of the Paralympic Games!

A typical visit for one class will include the following:

Your class will be divided into two groups. One group will have a tour of the exhibition with some hands-on activities and the other will have a tour of the stadium.  You will then swap over. You have the option to extend your visit if you wish.  

Visit time: minimum of 2 hours for one class

On arrival you will be greeted and split into two groups:

Group 1 – Exhibition: 1 hour

10 minutes introduction to the exhibition and brief tour.

Divide your group into 3 smaller groups and each will spend 15 minutes exploring the objects and completing each task. Rotate so all groups try each box.

The Learning Activity Boxes include:

  • Dr Guttmann and Medicine box – History and Science.
  • STEM box – Explore materials, kinetic energy with a blade, complete para-maths challenges or KNEX build challenge.
  • Incredible Me box: Bob Matthews- PSHE, Art, Citizenship.

Additional exhibition resource: Heritage Centre Trail and Heritage Centre Trail activity

If you do not have time to use the boxes or have a longer session, we also have a ‘Track trail’ which is a quiz sheet to find answers in the exhibition. This takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Group 2 – Tour of the Birthplace of the Paralympics

Stoke Mandeville Stadium tour sheet

Stoke Mandeville Stadium is built on what was once a farm and later a part of Stoke Mandeville Hospital grounds. During your tour you can find out more about how Dr Guttmann’s original Spinal Unit might have looked, a glimpse of how the Stoke Mandeville Games brought a local community together and some of the Paralympic cauldrons and mascots.

Why not stay for lunch and extend your trip with a visit to the exhibition in the National Spinal Injuries Centre (NSIC)?

Further Learning Activity Boxes and NSIC Exhibition Trail are available, plus a new guided walking trail will be coming soon!

Please let us know when you book if you would like to stay for lunch. Your own designated lunch area can be hired at an additional cost.

Download a copy of our risk assessment

Please note, this risk assessment is not designed to replace the organisation’s own risk assessment that will also need to include your travel to the site and the specific needs of your individual children during your visit.

What’s On Offer?

1. Pre and post- session activities – see the website for more information on classroom activities

2. Visit the Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium (choose at least 3 activities)

  • Exhibition Trail - Track Trail and/or
  • Learning Activity Boxes:
    • Father of the Paralympics – History and English
    • STEM – materials
    • STEM – speed and distance
    • STEM – wheelchair design
    • Incredible Me – Art and Design
    • Incredible Me - PSHE and citizenship

3. Guided tours

  • Heritage Centre
  • Stadium
  • Heritage Centre to National Spinal Injuries Centre (NSIC): Trail - coming soon!

4.  Visit the NSIC National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital (a 10 minute walk from Stoke Mandeville Stadium)

  • Exhibition Trail
  • Learning Activity Box:
    • Spinal Injury
    • Pioneers
    • People – patients and staff 

If you would like to arrange a visit please fill in our booking form here or contact us at [email protected]