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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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There is so much to interest the true enthusiast. The unhurried walk through the hangars is packed with history and innovation. How did they build these massive engines without... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Shefford, United Kingdom
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Shefford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

There is so much to interest the true enthusiast. The unhurried walk through the hangars is packed with history and innovation. How did they build these massive engines without any computer aided technology? Some of the ‘younger’ exhibits took me back to my apprentice days when I actually worked on aircraft such as the Percival Provost. Looking at pre and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Went to the airshow and had a great time. As it's a smaller airfield your not in massive crowds so you see more Great for kids and adults alike.

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Arrived on a sunny afternoon, went straight into the restaurant for tea and the best sausage roll I have ever had, all whilst watching model aircraft flying which was very nice. Paid for the museum and the Swiss Garden entry together,nearly fell over at £65 for two adults and a senior citizen. Spent two hours in the Museum and about... More 

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Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The hangers here are full of amazing aircraft of all sorts. Some of them are truly historic and some are down right beautiful! This has re-ignited my aircraft fascination, (tempered by disappoint in recent years), I could have spent many happy hours sitting on the ground studying some of these beautiful aircraft. The canvas and dope wings that are unpainted... More 

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St. Neots, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Once again I visited for a flying display. I got a great parking spot right near the display line. First was a stroll, or in my case a trundle as I use a mobility scooter, along the flight-line to look and photograph the displaying aircraft whilst they are parked. Then on to the hangers to have a look at the... More 

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Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This is an aeronautical and automatise museum located at Old Warden in Bedfordshire. This is impressive to see such an extensive collection in a local village. I was most impressed to see Louis Bleriot XI dating back from 1909 and a spitfire being restored in one of the Engineering Workshops. However, it may not be the place to take your... More 

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Hatfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Matt H's comments indicate a lack of common sense and appreciation. Firstly, Old Warden is an active airfield and to trespass onto the runway at any time is not only extremely dangerous but also illegal. Secondly, the aircraft collection is unique and contains some of the oldest airworthy aircraft in the world, including the oldest airworthy British aircraft, the Blackburn... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We visited the Shuttleworth Collection in May twice. The first time we viewed the collection and gardens. We liked seeing all the different aircraft and learnt a lot about the early days of aviation. The gardens are lovely for walking in afterwards. We ate in the restaurant during that visit. We were impressed with the selection of light lunches and... More 

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Very good for aviation enthusiasts there are a lot of first world war aircraft some of them fly on there opendays

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I have been to this attraction once and there is not a lot to see if not a plane nerd. on another experience of the shuttleworth collection as part of the college that is near by we walked across the runway and as there were no planes flying it was safe although we were charged down by the security man... More 

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Additional Information about The Shuttleworth Collection

Address: Address: Old Warden Aerodrome, Biggleswade SG18 9EP, England
Phone Number: +44 1767 627927
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bedfordshire  >  Biggleswade
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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