It has not been possible to go underground at Chatterley Whitfield for many years because the passages are flooded.
More recently, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, as landowner, has imposed severe restrictions on visiting Whitfield because of concerns over safety. Some buildings are in a dangerous condition and almost all buildings are closed for the foreseeable future.
Currently, the only way for members of the public to visit the site is on the annual Heritage Open Day in September. On open day there is access to the Deployment Centre, Lamp House and a small winding House. All the other buildings can be viewed.
As a member of’Friends of Chatterley Whitfield’ you are allowed access every Thursday morning between 10.00 and 12.00 hrs.
Some of the land around the perimeter of Chatterley Whitfield, however, is open to the public, and you can get an excellent view of the site from the top of the nearby tip.
The last Heritage Open Day was on Saturday 13th September 2014 where it was oversubscribed.
All being well the next planned open day for members of the public will be the next Heritage Open Day on Saturday 12th September 2015
Requests can be made to the visit the site, via the ‘Friends’ Secretary, but they are subject to permission being obtained from the City Council. ( Students requesting access for photography – Project etc).