The Shuttleworth Collection

The Shuttleworth Collection, Biggleswade: Hours, Address, The Shuttleworth Collection Reviews: 4.5/5

The Shuttleworth Collection

The Shuttleworth Collection
4.5
Speciality Museums • Gardens
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
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Started by Richard Shuttleworth, who collectected some of the exhibits still here, The Shuttleworth Collection is home to the best collection of genuine WWI aircraft that all still fly in Europe, alongside over historic aircraft from 1909 to the 1950s. The Collection includes the oldest aircraft still flying - the 1909 Blériot. Also, the oldest airworthy British aircraft 1912 Blackburn Monoplane, the 1934 race winning DH88 Comet, record breaking 1936 Mew Gull, 1938 special ops Westland Lysander and many more. Vintage vehicles including a steam locomobile and early buses, cycles and motorcycles are also part of The Collection. Shuttleworth is based at an aerodrome with a grass runway, PPR required but there are no landing fees and aviation fuel available at self-service pumps. It's just off the A1 at Biggleswade with free parking, on-site Play Area, restaurant and adjacent Swiss Garden, and a period Mansion (open event days). May to October it is a top class vintage airshow venue.
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William P
United Kingdom1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Couples
Really disappointed with the "light show" this was up sold to me over email promising a special night for me and my partner, since being so disappointed I asked to cancel my day entry to be told that the vague website states when the house is not open, which is most days might I add, with non refundable tickets I find this to be a real rip off for what's supposed to be a lovely day out instead your told you'll see beautiful gardens and are left disappointed and very much out of pocket.
Written November 29, 2021
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Kathryn F
Leicester, England, United Kingdom9 contributions
Nov 2021
Enjoyed the exhibitions of the aircraft and machinery. Also enjoyed the added individual stories associated with each exhibit. Two of the hangers weren't fully accessible due to filming on the day. Food at lunch wasn't particularly hot but tasted OK. Issue with car parking for disabled drivers: a friend parked in a designated parking space opposite the cafe, the only one available as the others had been covered by picnic tables.(see photo). After a while, a member of staff asked my friend to move his car as the area around the cafe was only for staff. The sign directing people to the alternative disabled parking simply pointed to a vague area at the edge of the car park. Why are disabled people stopped from parking in the designated spaces? Will covid be used as an excuse, I wonder?
Written November 24, 2021
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john d
Enfield, UK28 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Went to go balloon race here, was cancelled and still trying to get 140 pounds back.Sinc July.
Shuttleworth not bothered about organisers or customers using there spa e
Written November 23, 2021
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Alec G
Potton, UK18 contributions
Nov 2021
I'm local to Old Warden, and before the pandemic I took my elderly parents to Shuttleworth on dozens of occasions, usually just for a trip around the Swiss Garden and a bite to eat in the cafe afterwards. We weren't interested in the air museum. I went there today, post pandemic, for the first time in 2 years, just for tea and a bite to eat in the cafe, as I used to do, and discovered that I'd need to pay an entry fee of £15 for the privilege.

Similarly, whereas the Swiss Garden could originally be accessed by itself for a fairly reasonable price, you now have to pay full whack, whether or not you want to visit the museum as well. As a result, I shan't be going there again, and I doubt if any of the other people who we used regularly to see on Saturdays and Sundays (the motorcycle club, for example), just popping in for something to eat and drink will be doing so either.

Seriously disappointing and a disservice not just to the local community but further afield too.
Written November 16, 2021
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Pete
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Couples
On none flying days, you can't just go there for coffee and breakfast, and visit the shop like used to, used to ride out there on Sunday morning now you have to pay £15 pp, don't want to go museum or Gardens every time, big rip off, excuse was cause of covid yeah right, can go sit in Costa etc no probs
Written November 7, 2021
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Mr T
Hitchin, UK36 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
Wanted to drop in for lunch and coffee the other day to meet a friend, have been a visitor for many years and have arranged car club days etc here but had to find a different place. Unfortunately they now charge £15 for entry, even to the cafe high seems an unusual when compared with other similar attractions.

If you’ve never been before and would like to see the collection/house/garden etc then it’s worth the entrance fee. If you’re a local supporter (by buying food and drink) then you’re no longer made welcome here.
Written October 25, 2021
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Bill15Q
The Cincinnati Region180 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
The Shuttleworth Collection is a quintessential English Aircraft Museum. A terrific variety of unique aircraft that a typical American visitor has only seen in books. Many, if not most of the aircraft are airworthy. They have regularly scheduled flying days. The cafe on the field is excellent. A must-see for any aviation enthusiast.
Written October 12, 2021
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Travellerclass
Farnham, UK796 contributions
Oct 2021
Went today with my Father & Brother - In -law as have heard so much about this collection. After taking a short detour due to the Sat Nav taking me to old gate entrance everything else went fine. I would say a better sign at the entrance should be on display as even the new entrance we drove by once and had to turn around. We paid £15 each for our Adult tickets and purchased on-line in advance.

There is ample parking adjacent to the museum and I did see a golf type buggy ferrying some people to the first hangar. The hangars are superb with so much to see and experience in each one. The flow through each hangar is perfect and each exhibit Aircraft/Car/Bike has a great informative plaque explaining the history of the item you are looking at. We loved that the museum really concentrates on all early aircraft up to and inclusive of the second world war and up to the fifties. All the displays are of a very high standard and viewing all they have on display can take quite a few hours. We all thought we had seen most aircraft but some on display including pictures totally baffled us.

Unlike other reviews of the café we really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and the Cornish Pasties, Sausage rolls and cups of tea and didn't find the prices to unreasonable. We paid £15 for all our food and drinks combined. Having said that you will never please everyone all the time but we genuinely thoroughly enjoyed our visit to both the museum and café and would highly recommend both.
Written October 6, 2021
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Cruiser05620647930
2 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
My son and I visited as part of a Bond day to celebrate 30 years of the live and let die movie which featured the autogyro little Nellie

One was encouraged to bring an Aston Martin car ( if you had one ! ) and in addition to numerous Aston Martin Car’s a fly in of various autogyros took place

The presentation in the hangers of the various vintage and classic aircraft including some cars and vintage buses could not be faulted

The autogyro’s were good also except one could not walk around them and there was no information regarding their workings and clubs etc

However the catering was awful. The breakfast ( priced £10) of a little breakfast consisted of some scrambled egg which had seen better days, 1 rasher of bacon, 1 sausage and a small spoon of beans and a slice of ordinary bread lightly toasted All of this was semi warm

The only thing which was not ruined was the coffee which really nobody could have ruined as in todays world the preparation only involves presssing a few buttons on a coffee machine

The whole of the catering side was run by inexperienced very young people who I must say did their best but clearly the whole operation was not properly managed by senior experienced staff

This really put a downer on the day as if the catering etc was spot on I would give this 5 stars

I advise you to bring your own food
Written September 25, 2021
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Paul c
4 contributions
Dec 2020
Used to enjoy going to the cafe for a full breakfast over the years particularly on my motorcycle and meeting other motorcyclists but it all stopped this year (2021) when they introduced a £15 admission fee admittedly for access to full site which you may not need if you're a local and seen it all before, i remember paying to go round the hangers before which you don't mind but £15 to get breakfast and coffee is a big no from me.
Written September 25, 2021
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