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The Shuttleworth Collection

Old Warden Aerodrome | Bedfordshire, Biggleswade SG18 9EP, England
+44 1767 627927
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An absolute gem

I was not expecting to find such a varied and interesting collection of vintage aircraft, cars and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Goole, United Kingdom
A great aircraft and vintage collection

We visited in November on a cold day but it was well worth braving the cold hangers (they cant be... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Salisbury, 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 | Bedfordshire, Biggleswade SG18 9EP, England
+44 1767 627927
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I was not expecting to find such a varied and interesting collection of vintage aircraft, cars and motorcycles. Had a very good time and would highly recommend anyone to come and have a look around. Entry fee is a bargain.

Thank sumway
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited in November on a cold day but it was well worth braving the cold hangers (they cant be heated because of the wooden parts on the aircraft). The exhibitions are excellent and so well kept. Lots to see and do and the video...More

Thank missymadam
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best aircraft museum I’ve ever visited - a massive range of aircraft, mostly original, beautifully kept and curated. Plus then added bonus of a working aero drone, a beautiful garden and a decent cafe. A fabulous day out - definitely not to be missed....More

Thank Redbaron4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We live close by and didnt know they had such a selection. It seems all planes can fly and there are video links you can look at on your phone if you use Q Code. We took friends in as it seems they have dropped...More

Thank Alan R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While our wives were getting together for a school reunion at the museum, three husbands went in search of the aircraft, having first visited Manor House abord a 1913 Leyland Bus.. What we saw blew our socks off! The most comprehensive display of airworthy specimens...More

Thank H1797WUphilipg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've visited a number of times and the collection remains excellent. It really is an unsung gem of an attraction with the world's oldest working aeroengine and the world's oldest flying aircraft both in the collection. The high point for me is the Edwardian aircraft,...More

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a wonderful time here, the collection is unique and beautifully presented. It is unbelievable that people actually trusted these contraptions to pursue the dream of flying. Some aircraft look like old Parma with wings. It really brings home the bravery and pioneer spirit...More

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 14 October 2017

An excellent range of exhibits, particularly aircraft, detailing the progress in flying since its conception. Watch out for details of Flying Days when numerous ancient and modern aircraft take to the air.

Thank JANDAV03
Reviewed 6 October 2017

The 2017 Airshow, although cut back owing to the weather, was still a fantastic day out. Very friendly, huge amount of planes and vehicles to ogle at.

Thank TheBrowns_Oct_2017
Reviewed 2 October 2017

The stay was appalling we attempted to turn the TV on and it fell into my arms, we wasn't told about the breakfast and being in the restaurant about 1k from the room my wife was on crutches at the time we also wasn't told...More

Thank Milkybar1987
Luke S, Public Relations Manager at The Shuttleworth Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Sorry to hear that The House accommodation wasn't quite as expected. Your comments have been passed onto the team.

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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.