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The Shuttleworth Collection

Address: Old Warden Aerodrome, Biggleswade SG18 9EP, England
Phone Number: +44 1767 627927
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Spent a fantastic few hours at this museum. Far more to see than you might expect and definitely worth a visit if you have even the remotest interest in aviation.

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Scotland
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25 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

What an interesting display and very educational for my grasndchildren aged 13 and 14. Well presented. Didn't dislike anything. Would go again.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
5 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

When we meet at the flying field,some of the members have lunch it goes without saying. The menu is varied & tasty, offering full meals & snacks both meat & vegetarian, soft drinks,hot drinks & desserts, the staff always helpful & polite, the price fair.

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London
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84 reviews 84 reviews
19 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

It is refreshing to find a museum where the exhibits are not dusty and unused but are all lovingly restored and in working condition and used on a regular basis. An absolutely fabulous collection of many types of different and unusual aircraft in large hangers. There is also some motorcycles, cars and other vintage vehicles on display. There are events... More

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Chester
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Fantastic day, fantastic service getting our own space close to the action. As ex- RAF Apprentices, we appreciated the skill and dedication of the people at Shuttleworth who keep these wonderful old aircraft flying.

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Newport, Wales, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

an excellent museum tracking the history of manned flight also the restored swiss garden situated behind the hangers is worth a visit with good access for disabled

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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Set amongst beautiful countryside, this grass-strip airfield and museum epitomises the essence of a 1920's aerodrome. The collection comprising pre WW1 aircraft and beyond to the Spitfire and Hurricane. Priceless and lovingly restored by dedicated volunteers! The café restaurant provides lunch and afternoon tea overlooking the runway and aircraft parking. Support them with a visit; they get no Government funding!

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 via mobile

Not Visited for many years until last weekend, a fabulous collection of vintage aircraft all in flying order...what a difference that makes. The maintenance of these historic aircraft is wonderful, you can get within touching distance of the engines & see the care that has been taken to keep them flying, being an engineer it was so great to see... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I have just spent three days at the Bedfordshire Steam Show which includes The Shuttleworth Collection. Whatever your personal interests are I am sure that eithe one will cater to your taste, be is steam, vintage cars or commercial vehicles, military transport, steam organs or aircraft ( The Collection speciality). All this fuelled by a large variety of fast food... More

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Shefford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

A very welcoming museum with a unique collection of flying vintage aircraft, cars and motorcycles. With the recent update to the Swiss a Gardens this attraction can hold the interest of range of visitors. There are numerous hangers containing the aircraft, cars and bikes, with many other interesting exhibits of aviation history. The flying days are great value with full... More

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