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Stockwood Discovery Centre - Reopens 6th August Coronavirus Update

We will be opening Stockwood Discovery Centre from Thursday 6th August 2020.

New opening hours will be in place: Thursday - Sunday 11am til 5pm. The Garden Cafe will be open with some changes, find out more here

Social distancing measures will be in place throughout the site and some areas will not be open fully just yet. Please read our FAQ's for more on what to expect on your visit.

Any questions please email:

We can't wait to welcome our visitors back! 

Galleries – Our galleries tell the stories of real people behind the collections, exploring the history of the region from prehistoric times to the modern day.

Highlights include the Wenlok Jug – a rare medieval masterpiece with strong links to Luton’s history and development, the town’s last tram and the famous Mossman collection of carriages – the largest collection of carriages – the largest collection of its kind on display in the UK.

Life’s Journey

Explore life’s journey from birth to death through personal stories and some wonderful objects from the collections.

Spings and Wheels

Take a seat inside some of out carriages to see how people travelled and investigate how comfort improved.

Mossman Gallery

George Mossman of Caddington, near Luton, collected, drove, restored and constructed horse-drawn vehicles for over fifty years,  His collection is one of the highlights of any visit. 

Located in the original stables of Stockwood House, these galleries explore the history of the region from prehistoric times to the evolution of Stockwood House and the Farley estate.

  • Start your tour with an introduction to Stockwood, with a gallery looking at its history for the last 200 years.
  • Explore the changes to the environment in the Landscape and People Gallery.
  • Meet some of the early inhabitants of the area in the Discover Archaeology Gallery and learn how we uncover the past.
  • In the Roman and Anglo Saxon Gallery see the legacy that these people left us.
  • Walk the streets of Luton in the 1400s in the Medieval Gallery.
  • Thomas Wyatt Bagshawe was the museums first curator, in the Rural Trades Gallery see some of the craft and trade objects he collected from Bedfordshire villages in the 1930s-1950s. Our forge is located next to this gallery.

Our collection of vintage stationary engines are also located at this end of the site.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Stockwood Discovery Centre

Where to go

Stockwood Discovery Centre
London Road
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Time / Date Details

When is it on
Thursday - Sunday 11am til 5pm.

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
Free entry
Age Bands
11-14 years old
18-25 years old
Parents and carers
15-17 years old
5-10 years old