Stockwood Discovery Centre


Stockwood Discovery offers..

  • Free entry*
  • Beautiful Gardens
  • Award winning display of carriages
  • Extensive local collection
  • Ever changing exhibition
  • Good children's playground
  • Garden Cafe

Stockwood Discovery Centre 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
  • Rural crafts

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.

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 - designed with environmentally green and sustainable principles in mind.

Come and experience the new look Garden Café! 

We’re delighted to celebrate ten years of Stockwood Discovery Centre with the opening of the new Garden Café. The café has been transformed into a contemporary and ethical food venue, with a brand new food offer and stylish re-design.

The new menus offer a wide variety of mouth-watering,  classic dishes and light bites, created using fresh seasonal produce from local suppliers. As much of the food as possible is produced at Stockwood Discovery Centre by a team of chefs, ensuring every dish is of the highest quality. There's also a brand new Garden Café app to make ordering food even simpler and quicker. Just visit the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, search for The Garden Café and get ordering! 

Download the menu here.

Usual Opening Hours

Open daily, 10am - 5pm
14 February – 31 October
Open daily, 10am – 4pm
1 November – 13 February

Venue Hire:

Stockwood Discovery Centre is the perfect setting for events, meetings and celebrations. See Venue Hire for more information. 


To become part of Stockwood Discovery Centre's programme, please contact our Cultural Programme Coordinator, Hafiza Mohamed at


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