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Stockwood Discovery Centre

Type:Cultural Centre

London Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 4LX

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Discover the stories of real people behind the collections from prehistoric times today. With free entry, beautiful gardens, children’s playground and café, Stockwood is the perfect place for an adventure.  Highlights include:

- The Wenlok Jug - a rare medieval masterpiece with strong links to Luton’s history 

- Luton's last tram

- The award winning display of Mossman collection of carriages - the largest collection of its kind on display in the UK.

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. New areas include a contemplative Sensory Garden, a colourful World Garden and a Medicinal Garden highlighting the usefulness of plants - designed with environmentally green and sustainable principles in mind.

Our Garden Café features daily specials made using fresh produce grown in the gardens.

Guide Prices

FREE. Donations are welcomed
We charge for some events and activities.



  • Disabled access
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities


  • Education/study area
  • Guided tours for groups


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed
  • WiFi or internet access

Target Markets

  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Car

Junction 10 off M1, the Discovery centre is within two minutes’ drive, on the left hand side of the road. At Stockwood Discovery Centre there are the following parking facilities:

Car parking plus overflow car park

2 parking bays for coaches in the main car park

6 parking bays for disabled badge holders located at the front of the car park

Public Transport Directions

By Train

The site is approximately 1 ½ miles from both Luton Train Stations; Luton Town Train Station and Luton Airport Parkway Station. 

Please note although it is relatively close by to the station, you may prefer to take a taxi the remainder of the journey. Taxis are located directly outside of the Stations exit

By Bus

Arriva bus No.321 from Luton Town Centre, Church Street, Stop C9. The bus also depart from Harpenden, opposite The George PH and St Albans , St Peters St, stop 5.

By Taxi

Set down and pick up in the car park at the London Road entrance. This is a short walk to the street-level entrance.

Opening Times

Season (6 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

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