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Stockwood Discovery Centre is a free museum and visitor attraction. The Centre is designed with environmentally green and sustainable principles in mind. It tells the stories of real people behind the collections, exploring the history of the region from prehistoric times to the evolution of Stockwood House and the Farley estate.

The display collections include geology, archaeology, social history and rural crafts. 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 its kind on display in the UK.

A paradise for garden enthusiasts, Stockwood Discovery Centre is one of the few places in the country where the work of acclaimed artist Ian Hamilton Finlay can be seen on permanent display. His Improvement Garden is a classical garden in which the sculptures are an integral part of the landscape. Once part of the original Stockwood House walled areas, the Period Gardens reflect the changing styles of gardening in this country. Visitors can also enjoy a contemplative Sensory Garden, a colourful World Garden and a Medicinal Garden highlighting the usefulness of plants.

Facilities include a visitor centre, restaurant, bar, shop and children's play area.


  • Business Sector:
  • Tourism & Transport > Days Out
  • Hire information: Available to hire for children's parties, wedding receptions, private functions and corporate events.

Address and Contact info

  • Address: Stockwood Park, London Road
  • Town: Luton
  • County: Beds
  • Postcode: LU1 4LX

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Great Day Out - review by anspan

Visited Stockwood Park a few weeks ago. We were completely amazed at how much there is to do there. The gardens are beautiful, the children's play area kept us entertained for ages, the transport museum was both interesting and fun - particularly as you can climb aboard some of the exhibits, and there's also another museum that tells you about the local area. To top it all off we had Sunday lunch (carvery). It was reasonably priced (about £7 for adults, or a family of four for £20), delicious and enormous portions. That all this is on our doorstop and free is just fantastic. [Jul 10]

28 Jul 10
Stockwood Discovery Centre
Great day out and it's free! - review by always about!

Just got back from a lovely afternoon out at the Stockwood Discovery Centre - just the other side of Harpenden - and had to put fingers to keyboard to extol its virtues! Stockwood has beautiful gardens and loads of other attractions for all ages - our son especially enjoyed the sound garden and real tractor to climb on. The best part - it's free! It's run by Luton Council with Lottery funding and it is definitely up there with some of the other more expensive local attractions. Throw in a decent cafe/restaurant and plenty of events days and it's well worth a visit. LBC rocks! [Aug 09]

31 Aug 09
Stockwood Discovery Centre


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