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The Shuttleworth Collection

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Address: Old Warden Aerodrome, Biggleswade SG18 9ER, England
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+44 1767 627927
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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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There are some amazing planes in the museum, from a reconstructed Wright Flier and the oldest original flying aircraft (a Bleriot monoplane) to classics of WW2. Nothing newer... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
John H
Hitchin Herts
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Hitchin Herts
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are some amazing planes in the museum, from a reconstructed Wright Flier and the oldest original flying aircraft (a Bleriot monoplane) to classics of WW2. Nothing newer, there is plenty to see and talk about. Three old buses have been recently added which widens the interest. You need to allow at least half a day to do the museum... More 

Thank John H
Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Shuttleworth Collection during the Easter holiday with our young granddaughter. The collection itself is very impressive with the vast range of small aircraft on display in 6 hangars which are all in good flying condition and the engineering workshop. The is also a range of vintage cars and motorbikes to stir the memory. After visiting the hangars... More 

Thank Lambo66
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fascinating museum with great displays all well documented. Lots of aircraft taking off outside. Good cafe and play area. Plus separate lovely gardens

Thank Jane S
Stevenage, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the Fly Navy Show in June 2016 and the Military Pageant in July 2016. Two amazing shows, such a great little airfield if you want to be close to the planes both on the ground and when they perform their displays. Fly Navy saw the Sea Vixen put in an amazing display to open the show and was closed... More 

Thank Jon S
Cobham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The shuttleworth collection is a collection of old planes basis of which was created by was it john shuttleworth? who died in flying accident in ww11. since then it has much expanded running from the dawn of flight to about 1950. Including very early planes real constructions, quite a few ww1 planes, interwar plane and a few ww11 planes also... More 

Thank CharlesGraham79
Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a fantastic place to visit. A great place for all ages, steeped in history, loads to see. We've been on show days as well as justa. quiet weekday and must say you've never disappointed. If you have time then have. atour around the museum, I can't believe that all those aircraft still fly, amazing!

Thank ClarkSmithStanley
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yesterday I attended the Classic Car and Autojumble at Shuttleworth. Worked up an appetite as I wandered among the many lovely vehicles presented there. Queued up at one of the small mobile catering vans but was told they were about to close, but the restaurant was still open. Not surprisingly it was busy, but the queue moved along quickly. I... More 

Thank Carlton S
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

6 hangers housing the most amazing aircraft and vintage buses,cycles, motorbikes and many other vehicles. Something for everyone to see with very interesting information all around the exhibits. We visited on a non flying day but we're lucky enough to see two aircraft land and also a spitfire in another hanger being worked on. It was great to learn about... More 

Thank Ruth W
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Another off the beaten track museum, is the Shuttleworth at Old Warden in Bedfordshire. They have an amazing collection of old aeroplanes as well as cars and other artefacts, you can spend your looking at engineering marvels. They also have a nice Swiss garden and a good restaurant.

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I grew up close to the airfield and spent my childhood watching the planes from the Shuttleworth collection fly overhead. As a longtime visitor I can highly recommend the museum and fly days to you, family and friends who I have taken have also really enjoyed seeing history in action. The flying days and air shows and especially the Flying... More 

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