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The Shuttleworth Collection

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Address: Old Warden Aerodrome, Biggleswade SG18 9EP, England
Phone Number: +44 1767 627927
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Pay a visit to Shuttleworth in Old Warden and you will have a day out...

Pay a visit to Shuttleworth in Old Warden and you will have a day out to remember. Shuttleworth houses a unique flying collection showcasing the first one hundred years of flight. Illustrating the history of flight from the early 1900s to the 1950s, you will see how the aeroplane operated in the pioneering years, was rapidly developed during World War I, was used for sport, pleasure and business in the 1920s and 30s and once again became a fighting machine in World War II. You can see fascinating examples ofaircraft ranging from the 1909 Bleriot XI to Supermarine Spitfire and the Hawker Sea Hurricane.

Then you can explore one of England's most delightful (and unknown) historic gardens, the Swiss Garden, created in the 19th century, when an interest in ornamental gardening and picturesque architecture first came together.

The Shuttleworth Visitor Centre is a great place to pick up some fantastic gifts, or just relax with a cup of tea and a spot of lunch in the restaurant overlooking the airfield.

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Brilliant Exhibition in a most stunning location

I've visited Shuttleworth quite a number of times over the last 3/0 years, on each occasion I marvel at the variety and condition of the exhibits, my interest is mainly aircraft... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've visited Shuttleworth quite a number of times over the last 3/0 years, on each occasion I marvel at the variety and condition of the exhibits, my interest is mainly aircraft and most are in flyable condition. It's great also the work being undertaken in the workshops, vurrently a Lysander and a Piston Provost and of course AR501 the Spitfire,... More 

Thank Jackdog1947
Albany, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There is plenty of parking available, with access to their Play Area, and the Swiss Garden. There is also a restaurant and a gift shop on site. We visited, once more, on an exceptionally beautiful autumn day at the end of October. So fortunate for a day's outing. We really enjoyed walking through the displays of numerous vintage aircraft. There... More 

Thank OregonExplorers4
Oakham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a fantastic collection of the early years of aviation and aircraft engineering Just make sure you give yourself time to work your way around this huge collection we took about 4 hours with a short break for lunch in the very reasonable cafeteria

Thank John W
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are a fan of aviation history then this is the place for you. There are several hangars full of a huge variety of aircraft displaying the collection started by Richard Shuttleworth.

Thank Allconsuming
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Here you get get up very close to some amazing aircraft including one of the only Sea Harriers left in the world. All aircraft fly regularly in displays too. Great little cafe on site and brilliant kids park too.

Thank Martin B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is such a great venue to learn about aviation in Britain from the early years up to WWII. The collection has many one off aircraft as well as favourites such as the Spitfire and Hurricane. You can see the aircraft being maintained by the engineers and everyone is very friendly and enthusiastic. There are some great displays and they... More 

Thank Peter H
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited on a perfect Autumn day and it was like stepping back in time. Exhibits varied and interesting especially those that are still airworthy and all in all well worth 2-3 hours.

Chippenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots and lots of old and very old aircraft, impressively most of them still in flying condition, including the oldest aircraft in the world that is still flying, a 1909 Bleriot. Lots of engines and other connected stuff. Quite well presented - could do with a decent catalogue/guide book. Still highly recommended.

Thank alc59
Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

useful as a family outing and nice family atmosphere interesting place to visit with historical links to decades of aviation history

Thank CaroleBowpitt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The collection is a fascinating and interesting display of real history. Frequent air displays make this even more enchanting seeing (relatively) ancient aircraft first hand. Well worth a visit.

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