How is it, in this quiet corner of Bedfordshire, that you’ll find the oldest flying aircraft in the world? That’s thanks to Richard Shuttleworth who, during the 1930s, rescued old aircraft and vehicles and brought them to Old Warden Park to restore.
Full of history and fun. The renovation of the aircraft and the setting is just fabulous and I'd forgotten how knowledgeable the staff are!!
Walking through the six huge hangars at Shuttleworth, you'll see how aviation design developed from Edwardian times up until the 1950s. Don't miss the 1909 Blériot XI, which, along with all of our aircraft, is still airworthy. It's the world's oldest flying aeroplane and it regularly takes the sky at our air shows.
From early 20th century aircraft, cars, buses and motorbikes to steam engines and farm machinery, it's all here for you to discover. Our workshop is always open too, so pop in to say hi and watch us restoring these treasures.
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This private collection was begun by Richard Shuttleworth. Pilot, racing driver, self-taught mechanic and heir to the estate, he rescued old aircraft and vehicles, bringing them back to Old Warden Park to restore. After his death in 1940, flying for the RAF, his mother Dorothy continued adding to the collection.
It's their passion that inspires the engineers at Shuttleworth and what makes it such an exciting place to visit.
Sturdy and practical, our aircraft served in both World Wars. In WWI it was used as a training aircraft and during WWII towed gliders in radar installation trials.
The most famous of all the WWII fighter planes, our Spitfire was used to escort USA air force bombers between 1942 and 1943. It has the livery of its original squadron it served, No 310 (Czech) Squadron based at nearby Duxford.
If you’ve never witnessed a 1909 Blériot XI take off or experienced yoga outdoors, don’t miss our summer events programme. Guaranteed ooohs and ommms.
The Vehicle Collection
Richard Shuttleworth wanted every exhibit he collected to be restored to a condition where it was working as intended, and that’s an ethos that is carried through to the present day. Some of the exhibits were his own collection, and others have found their place here.
The veteran vehicles of all shapes and sizes are capable of being driven and ridden, and take part in parades at many of our main events, some can even be seen participating at other venues like Brooklands or in the historic London to Brighton Run!
All of these vehicles have living histories and stories that Shuttleworth is safeguarding for the future. So when you look around at these vehicles today, it’s because of skilled and passionate engineers, volunteers, drivers, and riders they will all continue to drive and be ridden for future generations.
The vehicle collection includes three vintage buses (on which visitors can ride free at many events throughout the year, and one which is available for wedding hire).
Engineering Open WorkshopSat 4 Feb 2023
For one weekend only we open up the Shuttleworth Collections engineering workshop and invite you to come and explore at your leisure.Find out more
Best of British 2024Sun 12 May 2024
Join us for our Best of British Air Show on Saturday 12th May! We are delighted to announce that our...
WWI Aviation Photography Training Workshop 2024Fri 17 May 2024
Shuttleworth's WWI Aviation Photography Training Workshop is back!
Military Air Show Camping 2024Thu 30 May 2024 - Mon 3 Jun 2024
Military Weekend 2024Sat 1 Jun 2024 - Sun 2 Jun 2024
Join us for our Military Weekend on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June! We are delighted to announce that our...
Festival of Flight Camping 2024Thu 27 Jun 2024 - Mon 1 Jul 2024
Festival of Flight 2024Fri 28 Jun 2024 - Sun 30 Jun 2024
Join us for our Festival of Flight on the 28th, 29th and 30th June.
Spitfire Photography Experience Day July 2024Sat 6 Jul 2024
Shuttleworth's popular Spitfire photography experience day is back for 2024!
Summer Evening Air Show Camping 2024Fri 19 Jul 2024 - Mon 22 Jul 2024
Plan your visit
We’re open every day (apart from air shows and select events). There are no time limits to your visit (and free parking) so feel free to explore for as long as you like. Buy tickets at the gate or book in advance to get our exclusive offer – our online tickets give you free entry for 30 days!
Old Warden Aerodrome
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Summer opening hours (15 Feb - 31 Oct):
10.00 - 17.00 (last entry is at 16.30).
Winter opening hours (1 Nov - 12 Feb):
10.00 - 16.00 (last entry is at 15.30).
Closed 25th Dec 2023 - 1st Jan 2024