Shuttleworth map

Plan your visit

Shuttleworth is open daily (excluding airshow event days), with a ‘site-entry’ fee.

Summer Opening Hours (February Half Term – Sunday 1 November): 10.00 – 17.00.
Winter Opening Hours (Mondy 2 November – February Half Term): 10.00 – 16.00.

Please note: the site will be closed from 21 – 26 December 2020. 

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

The Engineering workshop, library, restaurant, and gift shop remain closed to the public.

An outdoor takeaway service is available with snacks and drinks. Toilets are also available onsite.

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


Around 60 acres of space:



The play area is now included in the daily admission fee. There will be a member of staff available to ensure that we do not exceed the maximum capacity.

(Max 6 children per adult. Groups of adults should be no more than 6 together to meet COVID-19 rules)

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!


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




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


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


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


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.


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.