Shuttleworth map

Plan your visit

Shuttleworth is open daily (excluding air show and engineering open days), with a ‘site-entry’ fee.

Winter Opening Hours (Monday 2 November – February Half Term): 10.00 – 16.00 (last entry is at 15.30).
Summer Opening Hours (February Half Term – the first Sunday in November): 10.00 – 17.00 (last entry is at 16.30).

Lockdown Update: the Swiss Garden, Parkland, Playground and Paddocks are open. A takeaway service from the Runway Café is available everyday 11:00-15:00.

Shuttleworth is operating under strict government guidelines. For more details of these guidelines please see here.

  • Adults – £15
  • Children under 16 – free (4 per person, excluding pay2play area).
  • Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society (SVAS) and Friends of Swiss Garden members only need to bring valid membership card for free entry.
  • Old Warden Model Club members are free.
  • RHS members are free on Thursdays only (no booking required, please show your card on the gate).
  • Gardeners World 2-4-1 (book one ticket online and show your card on the gate).
  • Carers are free of charge (no booking required).

Buy your ticket online and re-use it multiple times for up to a month after the date for which it was purchased. You are not required to pre-book when you are visiting again within the month of purchasing your online daily admission ticket, just show your ticket to the gate staff on the day. 

Contactless payments are available on the gate but these are single use only.

Shuttleworth has COVID-19 measures in place to keep our visitors and staff as safe as possible – please read before visiting.

To view our site map, please click here.

AREAS INCLUDED in ENTRY FEE

Around 60 acres of space:

  • Six aircraft & vehicle hangars of the Shuttleworth Collection – currently closed
  • The Swiss Garden
  • North Park
  • Paddocks overlooking the airfield
  • Play Area (Max 6 children per adult. Groups of adults should be no more than 6 together to meet COVID-19 rules)

 

The Engineering workshop and library remain closed to the public.

Toilet facilities can be found at the back of Hangar 3, opposite the garden room within the Swiss Garden and next to the Hangar 1 entrance door.

At Shuttleworth

Shuttleworth is based in Old Warden, Bedfordshire, just off the A1 at Biggleswade. Originally the home, gardens, and vintage aircraft & vehicle collection of the Shuttleworth family, it is now one of Bedfordshire’s most interesting visitor attractions. The Collection and Swiss Garden are open to the public, and Shuttleworth House regularly hosts conferences and business events.

Download a map of the site (The Collection and Swiss Garden). During the winter months, the Swiss Garden and Woodland may shut earlier than 16.00 on days where there are low light levels.

Smoking is permitted in designated areas only. No drone flying is permitted at Shuttleworth. Please also refrain from flying kites as we have a working airfield.

Because we receive no Government funding we charge admission to enable us to keep The Collection’s aircraft and vehicles in flying and driving order (this is living & working Collection) and to maintain the garden for visitors.

Events: Please cooperate in enhancing safety for all concerned by purchasing a ticket and watching the displays from inside our site and you will not only be viewed from the place approved by the Civil Aviation Authority but you will also be helping to keep The Collection flying!

Accessibility

Shuttleworth is accessible, with wheelchair friendly paths within the Swiss Garden and level access to all six hangars.

 

Dogs

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Dogs on leads are welcome on site (excluding specific events) but only assistance dogs are allowed within the Swiss Garden and hangars.

Events

On large event days Shuttleworth may only be open to event ticket holders. Please check the events page or contact enquiries before visiting.

Parking

Parking is available for cars, motorcycles, bicycles and coaches. Disabled parking is available for blue badge holders.

Landing

Aircraft landing fees of £10 apply. Visiting pilots must read and accept the airfield terms and conditions and PPR at all times – please read our Airfield Information.

All pilots use the aerodrome at their own risk and must PPR on via our online system. If you cannot use the automated system or you wish to request overnight parking then please call 01767 627901. However, please note that due to staff shortages this line may not be monitored all the time.

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Public Transport

For public transport our closest rail station is in Biggleswade, approx. 3 miles.

There is a bus link from Bedford to Biggleswade No.74 stopping locally at Ickwell Green, 0.85 miles from The Shuttleworth Collection entrance by public footpath. There is no public bus service that serves Shuttleworth directly.

It is advisable to pre-book taxis where possible.