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The Shuttleworth Collection home of the 'Edwardian Flying Machines'!

The Shuttleworth Collection - a unique flying collection showcasing the first one hundred years of flight. The world famous Shuttleworth Collection is home to over fifty unique and mostly original airworthy aeroplanes. Many of the aircraft are the only surviving airworthy examples of their marque in the world. Special flying days and evenings take place from May to October giving you the opportunity to come and see the aeroplanes fly. Admission includes a gift aid donation. At certain times during the year there is a charge for car parking. £3 per car £7 MPV/Mini bus and £10 per Bus or Coach, this can be redeemed against Collection admission or a hot meal in the restaurant.

The Shuttleworth Collection depicts the history of flight from the early 1900s to the 1950s and shows how the aeroplane operated in the pioneering years, was rapidly developed through necessity 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. The Collection is situated at Shuttleworth (Old Warden) Aerodrome, one of the few traditional all grass aerodromes still in regular use, (which is part of Old Warden Park Estate) and is displayed in eight hangars, which include a workshop hangar giving the visitor a chance to view restoration and maintenance in progress. There is also a vehicle section, displaying vintage and veteran cars, Motor Cycles and bicycles and, from a bygone era, the coach room with horse drawn carriages. The rural surroundings help to recreate a charismatic atmosphere and the feeling of stepping back into the 1920s/30s. The Shuttleworth Collection is open to view every day (except for the Christmas to New Year week) and is also famous for its regular flying displays when, during the summer season, all of the airworthy aircraft are flown, re-creating flying during the Edwardian period, the First World War, peacetime years of the twenties and early thirties and then World War Two. Also to be seen on flying days and evenings are the Collection’s vintage motor cars and Motor Cycles, complete with suitably attired drivers and passengers!

The Shuttleworth Collection is located 50 miles north of London and is easily accessible from the A1.



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Shuttleworth Collection Office

  • Address: Shuttleworth (Old Warden) Aerodrome ,Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
  • Postcode: SG18 9EP
  • Phone: 01767 627927
  • URL: www.shuttleworth.org

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  • 1st April to 31st October 9.30am to 5.00pm | 1st November to 31st March 9.30am to 4.00pm.

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