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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 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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Small collection of planes mainly from first and second world wars hold airshows there every year worth a visit

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Luton, United Kingdom
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Luton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Small collection of planes mainly from first and second world wars hold airshows there every year worth a visit

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Thank Barry R
Buckingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I could write a million things about the gorgeous, well kept examples of aviator history, but why ruin anyones day? See it yourself, as up close and watching these fly is whats best. Its small, but a good days visit. Plus theres the swiss gardens and the falconry center too. Best days are on airshow days, but be warned, it... More 

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Thank Hcetrials
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been here for a couple of air shows which are really quite exciting. Not yet been to the museum as it's quite pricey so would want to have time to enjoy it fully. The Swiss garden is amazing - suitable for all ages as it can really capture the imagination with it's variety of terrains 0 although you can... More 

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Thank Sarah A
Letchworth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the collection on a Saturday afternoon with our two young boys (5 & 7). It is a well presented collection spread throughout 6 small hangars showing mostly vintage aircraft a variety of 1930s/1940s cars and a few motor bikes, with young children we found 2 hours was plenty to view all the collection without rushing and i would... More 

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Thank KelBowes
Sandy great britain
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Has anyone here thought about staff rotation? 2pm Saturday and all 5 staff are having lunch at a table in the restaurant! It's really uncomfortable to see them get up and serve and can only be down to appalling management. Please take note. It also adds to delay and a very poor impression.

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live locally and love every visit, I find something new every time, the air displays though few now are so worth a watch.

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Thank Nicola B
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Fantastic day full of surprising exhibits: planes, gliders, motorbikes, posters... Wonderfully maintained and displayed exhibits: 6 hangars full of planes, gliders from turn of 19th century to WW2 and later. Comprehensive information boards with each exhibit. Also other items such as searchlights, air raid sirens, posters and a very interesting bright blue RAC rescue motorbike. Well worth a visit -... More 

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Thank Maja D
Hitchin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

I work here part time for the Airfield fire and rescue, it's a brilliant place to visit, look on the web site for information.

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Thank mrfixit784
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

I've visited Shuttleworth quite a number of times over the last 3/0 years, on each occasion I marvel at the variety and condition of the exhibits, my interest is mainly aircraft and most are in flyable condition. It's great also the work being undertaken in the workshops, vurrently a Lysander and a Piston Provost and of course AR501 the Spitfire,... More 

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Albany, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

There is plenty of parking available, with access to their Play Area, and the Swiss Garden. There is also a restaurant and a gift shop on site. We visited, once more, on an exceptionally beautiful autumn day at the end of October. So fortunate for a day's outing. We really enjoyed walking through the displays of numerous vintage aircraft. There... More 

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