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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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Visited this collection as part of a birthday weekend for my husband. A fan of First World War aircraft for many years, he felt the collection impressive. The hangers are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Kent
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Visited this collection as part of a birthday weekend for my husband. A fan of First World War aircraft for many years, he felt the collection impressive. The hangers are accessible - they link to one another so no worries about going outside if the weather's bad. There's also not too much walking. Another reviewer commented on the entrance cost... More 

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London
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11 reviews 11 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Took a recent trip to a place I'd always wanted to visit. Tucked away in the beautiful Hert/Beds countryside it's basically a small but well run aircraft museum stuffed full of very well preserved ( and largely fully operational) WW1 and Inter-War aircraft and vehicles.. Very well presented and with lots of detailed information boards. As it's an active airfield... More 

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Visited the collection for the first time in about 15 years. As good as I remember and the exhibits are now much more professionally displayed with loads of interesting facts and associated information. We also visited the Swiss garden which has had a large amount of lottery money spent on it and is quite amazing. Unlike Freddie 911 we had... More 

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

We went to Shuttleworth over easter and had a good day. The collection is well presented and there are staff members in each hanger who have good knowledge about it . The garden is well laid out and an easy walk. The only criticism i have is the restaurant which is really just a cafeteria and when we went in... More 

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Uckfield
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136 reviews 136 reviews
23 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We went here on the first Sunday of April for the Classic Car Show. While the show, which had nothing to do with the Shuttleworth Collection was good, the catering was just awful. The greedy proprietors of the collection had forbidden the show organisers to have any catering outlets on the field so everyone had to use the facility's own... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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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63 reviews 63 reviews
57 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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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87 reviews 87 reviews
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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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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