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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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"Best of British" - another most wonderful evening flying display event - the Glyndebourne of the air!

These summer sunset flying display evenings are a real pleasure. An absolute must for all aircraft enthusiasts. Despite excluding by definition all the wonderful non-British... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Knebworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

These summer sunset flying display evenings are a real pleasure. An absolute must for all aircraft enthusiasts. Despite excluding by definition all the wonderful non-British aircraft in the magnificent Shuttleworth collection, a few visiting aircraft made up the numbers. The finale is when the sun sets and the wind drops, allowing the old string-bags to take to the air. I... More 

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Chesterfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Vintage aircraft and vehicles, plenty to interest all the family, from my grandsons aged 3 and 6 to their great-grandmother aged 93! A fantastic collection of aircraft from the earliest days of aviation to just after world war 2, most of which are still airworthy. A credit to the volunteers who keep them flying. Alongside are an interesting collection of... More 

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slenaken
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Visiting this collection brings you back in the tine of the history of airplanes. The combination with the evening flights was magnificent. Sitting there beside the grass landing strip and seeing all these old planes fly with very good comment was great.

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

The Shuttleworth Collection is in an obscure and leafy location in rural Bedfordshire. There's plenty of parking on site. Admission to the various areas is via the ticket office inside the gift shop. It's possible to visit the Aircraft Collection and / or the Swiss Garden. We recommend doing both. Also, there is a super and truly huge children's play... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We went to see an air show. The collection is good, it great to see an organisation trying to keep these old planes in the air. The show was excellent.

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

As part of the TVR Car Club 50th anniversary, we were invited to display our TVR's as part of the Best of British weekend. With over 350 cars on display it made a wonderful addition to a fantastic collection of planes and a superb air-display which included a Spitfire, Hurricane and Gloster Gladiator. The aircraft collection is housed in a... More 

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Baldock, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Having paid £28 per person to get into an evening air show we didn't expect to be chased down and abused by some grumpy old jobs worth manning the rear gate for having inadvertently joined the wrong queue on the directions of his lady colleague. Totally disgraceful and rude and soured our whole visit. Will we go again ? Probably... More 

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Swellendam, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We attended the Edwardian 'magnificent men and their flying machines' picnic and had a most enjoyable afternoon. The rain cleared in the afternoon and we all thoroughly enjoyed the airshow. It is really amazing to think that all the aircraft, cars, motorcycles etc are in working order.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

best of British air show last night was enjoyable :) pleasant way to spend the evening. the collection looks in good shape, the swiss gardens have obviously had a lot of money spent on it restoring was a pleasant experiance

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Two, great but different, attractions on one site. The main hangars house a fascinating *collection* of *working* transport; mostly aircraft, but also cars and motorcycles. Then, on one side of this is the remarkable Swiss Garden. This is a wonderfully peaceful garden featuring all manner of surprises including a hot house, a cave, and a Swiss cottage. The gardens come... More 

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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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