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 which is usually in September. On open day there is access to the Deployment Centre, and at present (2017) 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 09.30 and 11.30 hrs. All members must be accompanied by a committee member and must contact the secretary beforehand so that he can manage numbers onsite.
BUT this may be subject to change in the very near future (November 2017 update – Members check the latest Newsletter)
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.
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. (e.g. Students requesting access for photography – Project etc).
The council will issue a PERMIT TO ACCESS if they give approval for a visit.