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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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Flying Proms

The Shuttleworth collection is a must see attraction. I visited the collection again during the Fly Proms on a beautiful summer evening and it is worth every penny.

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 4, 2015
Henlow, United Kingdom
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Henlow, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

The Shuttleworth collection is a must see attraction. I visited the collection again during the Fly Proms on a beautiful summer evening and it is worth every penny.

London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

I went to see the model aircraft display, really impressed. The museum was very well laid out with most of the planes still in flying condition. Very good restaurant and gift shop. Large car park. Relaxed atmosphere about the whole place. Resonable admission fee, £10 for the display and museum. A great day out for anyone interested in the history... More 

Crewe, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Our visit was as competitors for the Festival of Flight model event which in itself is a bargain day out for only £10 each. There is a vast collection of free flight, control line, radio controlled flying and together with many trade stands and "car boot" sellers. Lots of bargains to be had for the seasoned aeromodeller. Whilst there we... More 

Mission Viejo, California
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48 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This venue was on my bucket list specifically to attend on the date when they fly as many planes a possible. The day was perfect for flying and more than 25 plans flew including a few that flew in from other airfields. The oldest plane that flew was the AVRO 504K. This museum is a must for aircraft buffs.

Bedford, United Kingdom
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

This is a superb experience. Just like a walk through time the hangars hold a wide variety of aircraft and vehicles dating back from the early 1900's. The hangars are well laid out allowing all round viewing. There qare many curious vehicles and planes to be seen here.

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Lavenham, United Kingdom
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140 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

We aren't aeroplane enthusiasts as such, but we visited the Collection as part of a group also going to the Swiss Garden next door, our prime reason. But my goodness, what a fabulous collection of planes, cars, motorbikes, bikes, carts, and associated items it is! Wonderfully displayed, excellent and consistent information, very well lit, airy and spacious. An air of... More 

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This is the most interesting and unusual collection. Even I enjoyed it enormously (the female member of the family) The range of First World War aircraft and very early flying machines was excellent - all clearly labelled and explained. Old racing cars too and excellent photography. The Restaurant is very good indeed and makes Duxford look like a poor relation.... More 

Darlington, England, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Brilliantly well kept place with good restaurant facilities. No landing fee if you fly in. There are 5 or 6 hangers of amazingly restored vintage aircraft giving a snippet of the history of aviation & YES they actually are flown. Just in case you are in disbelief there are photographs of many of the aircraft & the caption states that... More 

Blunham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Really interesting, viewing all the old aircraft in the many hangars, from a Sopwith Pup, a Bi Plane, a De Havilland, to a strange looking Bleriot. Army vehicles were also most interesting and spaciously set out enabling one to take photos with ease. The gift shop is amazing and is a 'must see' with its many nostalgic items on sale.... More 

Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Very good venue and lovely drive to entrance through grounds of establishment. Easy payment, no queues to pay and lots of parking where you can go back to your car and still see all the aircraft. Good facilities and good all round venue. There are also gardens called Swiss Gardens which you can walk round which are worth the visit... More 


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