Stockwood Discovery Centre

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Looking for: Heritage, Museums / Galleries, Parks & Gardens
Address: Farley Hill
Luton
Bedfordshire
Postcode: LU1 4BH
Age Group: All Ages
Kids Activity: Indoors and Outdoors
Telephone: 01582 738714
Website: Click Here

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
  • Luton's last tram
  • 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.

New areas include a contemplative Sensory Garden, a colourful World Garden and a Medicinal Garden highlighting the usefulness of plants

Opening times

Winter opening (November - March)

Mondays to Fridays 10.00am - 4.00pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11.00am - 4.00pm

Summer opening (April - October)

Mondays to Fridays 10.00am - 5.00pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11.00am - 5.00pm