National Paralympic Heritage Centre

Widely acknowledged as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement, Stoke Mandeville Stadium is the home of the first National Paralympic Heritage Centre.

Our small Museum brings the history of the Paralympics and its stories of human endeavour to life. The story begins in the late 1940s at Stoke Mandeville Hospital where Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann encouraged wounded veterans to play sport as an aid to rehabilitation from spinal injury. This led to local competitions, to the Stoke Mandeville Games, and to the Paralympic Games which today attracts national and international public support and interest.

The interactive displays include:

  • The life and work of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann

  • Key milestones in the journey from the 1948 Stoke Mandeville Games to the present day Paralympic Games

  • The development of wheelchair sports

  • Paralympic ceremonies

Visitor Information:

  • Free Admission

  • Open daily for the general public

  • School and group bookings available

  • Audio and BSL Tours available

Please visit our website for more information about accessibility and family activities.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Elaine Phiri
Contact Position
Events and Operations Manager
National Paralympic Heritage Trust

Where to go

National Paralympic Heritage Centre
Stoke Mandeville Stadium
Guttmann Road
HP21 9PP
Venue Notes

Getting to the National Paralympic Heritage Centre

Visit our webpage for more information about how to get to the Museum and accessibility.


Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday and Tuesday 12 midday to 6pm, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday 10am to 6pm
Time of day

Other Details

Cost Description

Free Admission

Age Ranges
All ages
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