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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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Description: Pay a visit to Shuttleworth in Old Warden and you will have a day out to...
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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Staff friendly and lots of items to look at

I took my autistic brother there and he loved looking at the tractors and motorbikes and had a short attention span for looking at the planes but seems to have enjoyed walking... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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6 reviews 6 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I took my autistic brother there and he loved looking at the tractors and motorbikes and had a short attention span for looking at the planes but seems to have enjoyed walking around. Cafe food a little disappointing.

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London, United Kingdom
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55 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Visited this collection on my way back from a visit to Newmarket. Think it is remarkable that all the aircraft are airworthy and fly when conditions and circumstances allow. The way the collection is set out is very good, rather than just having to walk through the middle of each hangar, you can go around the perimeter, with every aircraft... More 

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Burnham, Essex
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36 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I had visited the Shuttleworth Collection over 30 years ago and now returned with our air-mad grandson. The collection has expanded and the facilities have improved over the years, but it still seems amazing that such a unique collection, including survivors from the dawn of flight, can be found tucked away in rural Bedfordshire. Although it is obvious that large... More 

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Selby, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Just come back from this museum. The museum contains exhibits of propellor powered aeroplanes and models of same, together with ephemera, and some vintage cars and motorbikes. The hangers containing the exhibits are cold this time of year which is to be expected for museums of this type. However, the gift shop and restaurant are kept warm. However, entrance prices... More 

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Retford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Apart from being a superb collection of veteran and historic aircraft you will also find cars and other machinery lovingly restored and cared for. Do not miss the opportunity to visit especially on a flying day.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great vehicles, 4 and 2 wheeled as well as planes! Wheelchair users take a 'pusher' if you haven't got very strong arms. There are steep but short slopes between hangars. The restaurant is good for a meal, snack or cuppa too.

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Brilliant day out for both Adults & children of all ages. Have taken grandchildren on more than one occasion.

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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Excellant collection of old planes, cars and bikes. Shame we went on such a cold day, defintly wil go back in warmer weather and experience the gardens too. Lovely warm cafe with good selection o home made food.

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Jimbaran
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The Shuttleworth Collection preserves historic aircraft which are maintained in flying condition. There is a vast quantity of important information and historical photographs from the era of World War I. A wonderful display of aircraft all superbly maintained and displayed. Richard Shuttleworth was successful in motor racing as well as flying and his personal transport, an M.G. TA is on... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Visited on Sunday. Welcoming staff and very well presented gift shop. A lot more planes than I had initially thought, good display cabinets and interesting pictures and information. To be able to see the workshop was very good. Value for money, under 16s free with full paying adult and we received a free hot drink with the entrance fee which... More 

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