Stockwood Discovery Centre
Average time spent – 4-5+ hours.
Things to do at Stockwood Discovery Centre review
This eclectic mix of a museum and gardens tells the history of Bedfordshire. There’s things to do both inside and outside and it’s completely free to visit. It’s full of all the quirky little things that you only ever find together in local museums!
If you, or the kids, are into transport at all then make sure you check out the Discovery Hall. There is a massive carriage museum plus cars, a steam engine, caravans and a beautifully painted truck. Stockwood Discovery Centre is right under the Luton airport flight path. There is a plane flying over the site VERY low every few minutes or so. Great for plane spotters!
Other highlights indoors include the Discovery Galleries, based in the old stables. This has exhibits from Saxon skeletons, a Bronze Age roundhouse and Roman coin hoards right up to the modern-day. For dinosaur fans, there’s a small palaeontology exhibition. There are some hands-on exhibits in this section, but they were pretty worn out sadly.
There is so much to do outside at Stockwood as well. The gardens are a real highlight. They’re separated into lots of little areas, all with their own theme. There’s a section devoted to the lives of bees, and how important they are. It’s an excellent contained garden that’s perfect for hide and seek. It also has a decent-sized playground area.
Eating – There is a cafe on-site which sells hot and cold food and drinks. You can also take picnics
Facilities in brief – Museum and gardens which tell the history of Bedfordshire. Carriage museum, exhibits from the past, interactive exhibits, playground. There are toilets on-site and places to eat.
Entry price – *FREE
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE. It is also free to park.
Opening: Stockwood discovery centre is open for most of the year. They are closed on the 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st December plus the 1st January. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Address: Stockwood Park Golf Club, London Rd, Luton LU1 4LX, Bedfordshire, England. Phone: 01582 548600
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Category – Museum – Indoors and Outdoors – suitable for all ages.
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