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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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Excellent WW1 aviation museum

The main difference between this and Duxford is (a) this is propeller only - no jets. Everything cuts off at WW2, and (b) this feels more alive and real. So you can go into the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Cambridgeshire, UK
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

The main difference between this and Duxford is (a) this is propeller only - no jets. Everything cuts off at WW2, and (b) this feels more alive and real. So you can go into the workshops where engineers are working on old planes...and talk to them as they are doing their jobs. Even the smell reminds me of a living... More 

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

My partner and I flew into Old Warden for lunch and a cup of tea both of which we enjoyed very much along with the company of the friendly and helpful staff. We will be back

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Very good for aviation enthusiasts and an additional benefit of old vehicle on show. Well laid out with ample refreshment outlets, however if you visit on a wet day then there may not be a lot to see outside

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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Aces High,yes if you love old films about aviation's beginnings through the Great War period, you will love the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Malden in Bedfordshire. We stopped there a couple of years ago after having attended the nearby English School Of Falconry' so it was a wonderful day for 'things of the sky', alive and mechanical. You will if... More 

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This unique museum is a must! Set in the beautiful area of Old Warden and Ickwell - an oasis within Bedfordshire - the Edwardian aircraft and other exhibits are simply superb and flying days are spectacular. The cafe, unfortunately, is expensive and the quality poor. Sausage rolls are tasteless and the pastry dry and flaky and the cakes actually never... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We really enjoyed a guided tour of the aircraft collection, almost all of which are in flying condition. Unfortunately, we visited on a non-flying day (Starts May 1st). We had an excellent lunch in the museum's restaurant.

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Letchworth Garden City
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155 reviews 155 reviews
67 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The world's oldest working aeroplane is just one of the highlights in this collection. As well as a number of 'string & fabric' wonders there are also several planes from World War Two period. Unusually as this isn't a museum all the exhibits are kept in working order and you are able to visit the workshop where restoration work is... More 

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Took my dad and my cousin, Ben, to the collection at the weekend. We're all enthusiasts of one extent or another when it comes to planes. We had a fantastic day wandering around the hangers and talking to the volunteers. Ben and I even wrangled an invite into the back workshop to look at the work being done on a... More 

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Dursley, United Kingdom
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66 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This collection is rather different from other aircraft museums we have visited. No Spitfires, Lancasters or Hurricanes, but a collection of very early and fragile machines, training planes and other oddities and rarities rescued, rebuilt or copied. There are cars and trucks as well and collections of models and equipment. Not as sophisticated as some collections but a fascinating history... More 

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Even when you are stood alone in a hangar full of aircraft here you can feel a great atmosphere and a sense of both history and pride. Simply put this museum is excellent. You can get so close to the aircraft you can really explore the detail and appreciate the craftsmanship in the classic designs. The sheer volume of written... More 

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