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
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.
Winter Opening Hours :
Saturday: 11am – 3pm
Volunteers are needed to open on more days, if you can help please contact us.
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.
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 *
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.
Peeps into the Past
It’s hoped with the Cheadle Arts Forum’s permission, Peeps into the Past will again be hosted at the Discovery Centre during March.
An updated version of the High Street display will be available for viewing, as will a number of bound copies of the Cheadle Post and Times.
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 April 29th 2018 has been tentatively suggested, as this is International Astronomers Day.