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The Shuttleworth Collection

Old Warden Aerodrome, Biggleswade SG18 9EP, England
+44 1767 627927
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Visit to the Mansion House

We were a group of walkers numbering 110. We were welcomed at the door by a dedicated and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
John S
Biggleswade, United Kingdom
Planes, automobiles, gardens and house!

We visited on the open day for the heritage weekend. We were treated to an excellent tour of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Radlett, United Kingdom
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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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Old Warden Aerodrome, Biggleswade SG18 9EP, England
+44 1767 627927
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a group of walkers numbering 110. We were welcomed at the door by a dedicated and motivated manager who gave a good introduction to the history of the house, Shuttleworth family and park. We were allowed to tour the ground floor aided by...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on the open day for the heritage weekend. We were treated to an excellent tour of the house and gardens. Really interesting to find out the history of the site and the work done for the recent restoration. The aircraft hangers are packed...More

Thank 461cherriec
Reviewed 1 week ago

At £15 entry just to look around the collection, I thought is was a little excessive. Plenty of staff around but sadly they seemed to be very vague about any of the exhibits and with no knowledge of the aeroplanes at all. I was sad...More

Thank Inncomunicado V
Luke S, Public Relations Manager at The Shuttleworth Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Sorry to hear you didn't find anyone who was able to talk to you about the exhibits. Our most knowledable staff (weekdays) are usually in the Engineering Workshop and are always happy to answer questions about any of the aircraft. Little Nellie is a welll...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to look around the gardens and decided to have a look at the collection if air craft is your thing then you will have a great time. It's not my thing but even so I found some of the exhibits very interesting.

Thank BAXTER1920
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My first visit with a party of 12 friends. The venue was easy to find, with ample parking,spotless toilets (after 2 hours driving), bright shop and reception. The six hangers are all linked so no need to worry about the weather. The restaurant is very...More

Thank Doug A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A friend recommended visiting here to do the Fairy Door trail. It was wonderful, very well organised and incredibly beautiful gardens with impeccably kept lawns and plants. We will definitely be coming again soon.

Thank KimB1980
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately it was not the best of days for the Heritage Day 2017, but everyone was smiling and did their best. There were quite a few stalls situated in vacant hangers- the aircraft were out on the field. I loved to view the older aircraft...More

Thank S G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not the friendliest of welcomes from the receptionist, she seemed surprised that I'd looked at the website and couldn't answer the couple of questions I had; instead I was handed a couple of leaflets, some blue stickers - no explanation of what they were for...More

Thank K2917WWsteveb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden, Bedfordshire, makes for a fabulous day out, especially when there are flying displays taking place. These vary in theme, and we went to the Edwardian Pageant, which showed a wide variety of vintage aircraft, vehicles, and people decked out...More

Thank aramis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you love aircraft then this place is well worth a vist. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable and it's great for families. The on sight restuarant is also very good with lots of free parking.

Thank jmoor62
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Taylor S
10 June 2017|
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Response from Luke S | Property representative |
Travel Editions run tours to The Collection.
JenniferMay G
2 April 2017|
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Response from Luke S | Property representative |
Details of our restaurant ca be found on our website under restaurant.