National Paralympic Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville

At the birthplace of the Paralympics, learn about how it all began with the inspirational story of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann.

A bit about us

From modest beginnings in the late 1940s at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, 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.

Widely acknowledged as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement, the Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium will celebrate and explore this unique status. 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. 


  • National Paralympic Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville
  • The National Paralympic Heritage Trust
  • Stoke Mandeville Sports Stadium
  • Aylesbury
  • Buckinghamshire
  • HP21 9PP

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  • MON:12 to 6pm
  • TUE:12 to 6pm
  • WED:10am to 6pm
  • THU:10am to 6pm
  • FRI:10am to 6pm
  • SAT:10am to 6pm
  • SUN:10am to 6pm

  • Parking available
  • Children welcome
  • Coffee
  • Wifi available
  • Disabled access
  • Restaurant
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Disabled WC available
  • WC
  • Seating available
  • exhibitionspace

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