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Welcome to the Cheadle Discovery and Visitor Centre’s website.

The Discovery Centre is located on the ground floor of Lulworth House, in the heart of Cheadle’s High Street opposite the historic market square. The building was formerly the town’s police station, and was also the hub for the town’s Pugin celebrations in 2012.

The centre is managed by the Cheadle Discovery Group, who are all volunteers and seek to keep the spirit, heritage and uniqueness of Cheadle alive.

In the Discovery Centre, there are free exhibitions all year round; and a permanent collection of items related to Augustus W.N. Pugin, the nineteenth century architect who built the town’s historic and outstanding St. Giles Catholic Church and made extensive alterations to Alton Towers.

For more information about things to see and do in Cheadle, download the town’s tourism pack below:

Cheadle Staffs Tourism Pack

Featured Display

Toys Through the Ages

This display features a number of toys on display, along side nostalgic advertisements from many different eras.

The toys currently on display are expected to be rotated in January next year, with the display running until March.

Opening Hours

Winter Opening Hours :

Saturday: 11am – 3pm

Volunteers are needed to open on more days, if you can help please contact us.

Please Note:

Special openings can be arranged for parties, contact us for details.

Occasionally a volunteer may have to close the centre early. This is a rare occurrence, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. If the centre is a key part of your visit to Cheadle, please contact us ahead of time so we can ensure that we’ll be open as advertised.




Guided Tours

Members of the Cheadle Discovery Group are able to conduct guided tours for groups (£2.50 per head), of the following venues:

Cheadle – Town Centre
St. Giles RC Church *
Croxden Abbey
Alton Castle, Hospital (outside only) and St. Johns Church

All tours last around 45 minutes to an hour, this can be altered to fit your groups needs.

Please contact us for more details.

Click below for information about our tour guides:
John M. Smith

* By request, a contribution to the church is made annually by the CDG, out of funds raised through tours of the building.

Upcoming Events

Concert of Remembrance

After last year’s successful Concert of Remembrance, the Cheadle Discovery Group are holding another concert in November. Performing will be Florence Brass Band and the Fulford Community Choir. The concert is to remember all men and women, who have lost their lives in all wars.

The concert will take place at the Cheadle Academy Community Theatre on November 11th 2017.It will begin at 7:30 pm and is expected to end around 10pm.

Tickets are £7.00 and will be on sale at the Discovery Centre and also at Donald Cope & Co, just off the main car park.

The Background to Mary Adela Blagg’s Contribution to Lunar Astronomy (Cheadle Historical Society Talk)

Wednesday, December 6th

The CDG has sponsored this talk, which will be given by our friend Kevin Kilburn (FRAS) who has been involved in our Mary A. Blagg project from the beginning.

The main talk will be preceded by a short presentation about our activities and upcoming events.

The talk is taking place at the Cheadle Academy Community Theatre from 7.30pm, admission is £2.

Unveiling of Mary Blagg Plaque (TBC)

The groundwork has been completed in order to retain some of the funding secured earlier in the year.

The date that plaque will be unveiled has yet to be decided – however it’s now likely to be in 2018.