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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

Industrial Past

A display celebrating the local area’s industrial heritage. The display includes information about metal working, coal mining, textiles and quarries. A number of relevant artefacts are also on display.

It also incorporates parts of the Churnet Valley display, which has previously been on display and was kindly lent to the Discovery Group by the Staffordshire Peak District Tourist Association.

Industrial Past is expected to remain on display until the end of August.

Opening Hours

Opening Hours :

Thursday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm

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

Heritage Open Days

As part of this years national event, the Discovery Group will be working with Churches Together in Cheadle and District to present a Church Trail.

Date: Saturday, September 9th
Time: 1pm – 3pm (estimated finish time)
Start Place: Outside Lulworth House

St. Giles the Abbot (Parish Church)
St. Giles Catholic Church (Pugin’s Gem)
Cheadle Methodist Church

The trail will begin at 1pm outside Lulworth House on the High Street, from there the group will walk up to the Parish Church. A short tour of the church will be given before moving down to Pugin’s Gem, where there will be another tour.

The final stop on the tour will be the Methodist Church, which recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary – here refreshments will be made available. The trail is expected to finish around 3pm.

While booking spaces is not absolutely essential, please contact us to register your interest (see Contact Us page).


Unveiling of Mary Blagg Plaque (TBC)

Our group is waiting on confirmation from the SMDC, regarding permission and/or required planning applications.


Concert of Remembrance

November 11th at the Cheadle Academy Community Theatre

More details to follow.