Discover Children's Story Centre

Tim Mitchell / Discover
Tim Mitchell / Discover
Tim Mitchell / Discover
Andrew Baker / Discover
Andrew Baker / Discover

Discover is a magical world where children up to the age of 11 can embark on an indoor story trail, aided and abetted by fantastic characters whose role is to help kids invent their own stories. Dressing-up outfits, finger puppets, drawing materials and the Story Garden outdoor play area – with slides, greenery, monsters and funny mirrors – help fuel young imaginations. Discover holds events, based on published stories and often with a twist of drama, arts and crafts, dance or music, every weekend (daily during the holidays) at 11.30am and 2.30pm. There's also a café, and shop that sells cool picture books and pocket-money toys.

Note: Discover is closed for maintenance Sept 8-12 2014.

Venue name: Discover Children's Story Centre
Address: 383-387 Stratford High St
E15 4QZ
Opening hours: 10am-5pm Tue-Fri; 11am-5pm Sat, Sun (open daily in school hols)
Transport: Tube: Stratford
Price: £5; £4.50 concs & Newham residents; free under-2s; £18 family. Story Garden free

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  • Until Sun August 30th 2015
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  • Fri April 3rd 2015 - Mon April 6th 2015
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  • Sat April 11th 2015 - Sun April 12th 2015
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  • Sat May 2nd 2015 - Mon May 4th 2015
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  • Sat May 2nd 2015 - Mon May 4th 2015
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  • Sat May 23rd 2015 - Mon May 25th 2015
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  • Mon May 25th 2015 - Sun May 31st 2015
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Average User Rating

2.7 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:2
  • 4 star:0
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:2
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Jemma J

Given the huge amounts of free things to do in London, at £5 per ticket this represents very poor value for money and an expensive family day out for what it is.  You quickly run out of things to do - an hour and a half is probably the maximum amount of time you would last in this small space.  I was also disappointed that my daughter was not allowed to visit the spy exhibition because she is under 7 - this takes up half of the space and yet we were still charged the full price entry ticket.  There is also inconsistency here too, since younger siblings were allowed in.  Very badly thought out and not enough for the kids to 'discover.'  


DON'T GO IN HALF TERM! I have visited Discover before and i've enjoy it, however half term is a different story - it's crowded and very badly organised. The staff behind the front desk are lovely and welcoming, but there is a buzz of panic in the air from the other non-uniformed members of staff- barking at both visitors and other staff members. The building itself seems badly designed as there is no natural queue and it's very cold waiting in line. When we visited with my two children aged 4 and 7 this half term holiday. I was unimpressed that the area I last went to has changed to +6 and there where no tickets available anyway (they'd sold out all day by 1pm!). we were offered an alternative of an audio spy tour, though the lovely girl behind the counter tried her best to engage my 4 year old she didn't want to wear a pair of adult sized headphones with a creepy voice whispering in her ears (i didn't blame her!). So yes it's a fun place to go on the odd weekend or during school time if you are local, but they don't have the resources or management staff to cope with more numbers during holidays.

Jenny Golding

I think the bad reviews are nonsense. I probably wouldn't travel hours to get there but as a local facility it is marvellous. If you plan to go for most of the day you can do the outdoor playground, the indoor area, and book in journey to space and a staff story whilst there. Take a picnic but there is a nice coffee area to buy extras. My 4 and 1 year old and their friends love it. There should be more places like it.


an amazing place for kids love it love it love it...I have over 30 years experience of working with kids and rate this place very highly...wish there were more places like it instead of the soft play places..will be there this week again.

sally bailey

well i was very intrested in coming to this but living in plymouth in devon and coming up for a holiday i will be looking to go somewhere else now as this place seems to be very poor and not good value for money in what i can see and toys and area in gen is not a nice place to be wonder what kids think ha ha NO CHANCE

Star Light

Overpriced family ticket of £14.50 due to lack of facilities for my kids aged 4 and 7. Web says suitable for age up to 11 - more like 5 max. Grubby all round. Staff pleasant but slow on the uptake, eg, had to ask for the mirrors to be cleaned so kids could draw on them and for pencils to be sharpened - things you would expect as standard. Also had to complain twice in 1 hr of disgusting state of the toilets. Disappointing. Would not recommend.


This is a wonderful place to take your child, with an expansive indoor and outdoor section for kids of all ages to play and explore. The staff were generally very nice and helpful HOWEVER we happened to visit on a day when they were running a story festival. The festival comprised storytelling sessions geared towards various age groups throughout the day. We were told that because the festival was running, we would have to pay £7 each rather than the £4.50 that they normally charge. We were fine with this until we found out that the sessions that suited our one-year-old were fully booked until a few hours later in the day. Obviously coming all that way to visit, we could not wait around ages with a one-year-old. We were annoyed at the system that required that you pay extra even if you could not realistically benefit from it. The manager heard us out but seemed to imply it was our fault for not referring to the website before we set out. I had referred to the website a few weeks ago, checking the entry fee and did not see any mention of a different price on the price page of the site. I do not know of any other attraction or museum in London that charges more on a given day. Instead they operate a system, whereby you pay extra to attend. This seems a much fairer system, particularly as the manager told us we could have pre-booked (if we had known!) and given our experience I'm not sure we'll go back. While £4.50 a person is a perfectly reasonable price, £7 certainly is not! Sadly, despite it being a lovely time for us as a family, I don't think we'll be back as it has left a bit of a bad impression on us overall.