Wind in the Willows

25 Fri Aug 2017 Event info Book Online

Wind in the Willows Open air theatre (Chapterhouse)

Classic children's tale suitable for all ages!

Arts Award Discover Summer Passport

18 Tue Jul 2017 -
Sun 3 Sep 2017
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Come to Shuttleworth this Summer holidays!

Magical Fairy Trails in The Swiss Garden

1 Tue Aug 2017 -
Thu 31 Aug 2017
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Summer fun for children in the Swiss Garden.

Trail runs throughout August.

Fly Alongside Experience

24 Thu Aug 2017 -
Fri 25 Aug 2017
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This year, Shuttleworth invites you to enjoy our collection from a new perspective.

Wind in the Willows

25 Fri Aug 2017 Event info Book Online

Wind in the Willows Open air theatre (Chapterhouse)

Classic children's tale suitable for all ages!

Afternoon Tea (August)

27 Sun Aug 2017 Event Info Book Online

Afternoon Tea in the magnificent House at Shuttleworth.


Shuttleworth Heritage Day

3 Sun Sep 2017 Event Info Book Online

Shuttleworth Heritage Day celebrating 175 years Clayton & Shuttleworth.

Celebrate the heart of Shuttleworth, past and present.

HAA Open Day

7 Thu Sep 2017 Event Info

Open day for Swiss Garden and The House

Admission free - Thursday 7 September 2017

Workshop: Autumn & Winter planting

9 Sat Sep 2017 Event Info Book Online

Workshop: Autumn & Winter planting

Book online (advance booking required)

    Heritage Open Day

    Thursday 7 September 2017

    The Swiss Garden and Shuttleworth House are proud to be a part of this year’s Heritage Open Days, England’s biggest heritage festival involving 40,000 volunteers.  This national event celebrates our fantastic history, architecture and culture; offering people the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are free to explore.

    The enchanting Swiss Garden was created in the ‘Swiss Picturesque’ style for the 3rd Lord Ongley in the early C19 and reopened in July 2014 after a major HLF-funded restoration.  Serpentine paths lead to cleverly contrived vistas, many of which focus on the thatched Swiss Cottage.  Beautiful wrought-iron bridges, ponds, sweeping lawns and the magnificent Pulhamite-lined Grotto & Fernery have all been given a new lease of life by this landmark project.

    The Swiss Garden is pleased to offer free admission and timed tours, including the Shuttleworth House, on Thursday 7 September as part of the 2017 Heritage Open Days event.

    The 200 acres of listed historic parkland, designed by renowned landscape architect Edward Milner, is a beautiful setting for the Grade II* listed House with impressive clock tower that stands today. Built by industrialist Joseph Shuttleworth in 1872 as his family home, close to London and away from his business and other home, Hartsholme Hall in Lincoln. Joseph Shuttleworth was the founder of the Clayton & Shuttleworth Iron and Steel Works employing thousands of workers in Lincoln. It is no surprise that when Joseph built The House in 1872 he used the then modern method of a steel frame structure on a 5 feet base of concrete for stability and with gun metal windows which in over 140 years have needed very little maintenance.

    Within The House there are many reminders of the wealth of the Shuttleworth family with wooden panelling, ormolu mirrors, fine Gillow of Lancaster furniture and oil paintings by significant artists collected by the Shuttleworth family.


    Access Information

    The paths in the Swiss Garden are firm and even, with some minor gradients, and most are suitable for access by wheelchair users.

    Event Timings

    Swiss Garden – Open 9.30-17.00 (last entry 16.00)

    The House – Open 10.00-14.00.


    Swiss Garden – 11.00 & 14.00

    The House – 10.00 & 13.00

    Please note that free access does not apply on the 8, 9 and 10 September (Heritage Open Days cover all four days).

    The Shuttleworth Trust is a Registered Charity No 307534

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