Winter Opening Hours

Please note that we are now on our Winter Opening Hours (10:00 – 16:00). Tickets can be purchased at: www.shuttleworth.org/book-your-ticket

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All you need to know for your day out

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Your daily tickets are valid for 30 days!

Come back as much as you like for 30 days excluding air shows

Opening times

Buy your general admission ticket online and it will be valid for 30 days (excluding events).

Winter Opening Hours

01st Nov 2022 – 12th Feb 2023

10.00 – 16.00

Last entry is at 15:30

Summer Opening Hours

13th Feb 2023 – 30th Oct 2023

10.00 – 17.00

Last entry is at 16:30

Closed

19th - 26th Dec 2022. 01st Jan 2023

Admission

Book Now Here

Our online daily admission ticket can be used multiple times for up to 30 days.
Not valid on air shows and events: see Terms and Conditions

Your daily admission ticket gives you access to explore almost 60 acres of Shuttleworth, including the famous Shuttleworth Collection, the beautiful Swiss Garden & the historic Lakeside Parkland with views of Shuttleworth House plus the children’s playground.

GROUPS

Our groups visit’s are designed for 10+ visitors. We have 3 main packages as well as our car and motorcycle club packages.

For more information click here.

Daily admission prices

Adults £19.50*
Concession (Over 60 years) £15.50 *
Children FREE
Essential carers FREE

*30 Day return ticket

Book your visit

Complimentary admission with a valid membership card

Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society (SVAS)
Friends of the Swiss Garden
Old Warden Model Aircraft Club
Aircraft Enthusiasts Group (WEDNESDAY meetings only)
Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) every THURSDAY
Gardeners World 2-4-1

Getting here by car

To find us please use this postcode and follow the Visitor Attraction signs – SG18 9DT

We are two miles due west of the A1 at Biggleswade, approx 20 miles from J13 on M1.

We have a new entrance that opened in July 2021, located on the B658 Shefford Road. USE SG18 9DT and follow the yellow signs to find it.  

The old Collection entrance on Hill Lane is now for pedestrians and cyclists only.  Please call the number on the gate for access.

Address

Shuttleworth
Alder Drive
Biggleswade
Bedfordshire

SG18 9EA
SatNav USE SG18 9DT

Getting here by bike, foot, bus or air

Enjoy the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside, known as Greensand Country, and get here by bike or on foot.

By bike or on foot

Numerous footpaths and bridleways connect Shuttleworth to stunning walks and rides.  Visit the Greensand Country website to find our more things to do in our local area

https://www.greensandcountry.com/

By air

We have our own runway!  To fly into Shuttleworth you must PPR – here are all the details.

By rail

Nearest railway stations
Biggleswade 3 miles

+ 10 min taxi ride or 45 – 60 min walk
Bedford Station 9.5 miles

+ 20 mins taxi ride

Facilities

We have everything you need for a great day out

Our visitors tend to stay for most of the day, so we have great facilities to make sure you are comfortable throughout your visit. If there's anything you need, just ask one of our friendly staff.

Fantastic cafes

Our multiple units can serve you across the site whenever you need refreshments with a great range of hot and cold drinks and locally-sourced food and snacks. The Runway Cafe is open every day from 10 to 5 with plenty of socially distanced warm indoor seating as well as lovely outdoor seating areas and picnic tables.

Well stocked shop

Our Shuttleworth Shop stocks an exciting range of gifts, books and mementos including our popular Shuttleworth branded clothing.

You can email shop@shuttleworth.org to order calendars and Shuttleworth merchandise.

Trails

Throughout the year trails are available to make your visit to Shuttleworth even more interesting.

Pick up paper copies of trails at the admissions hut or download the latest trails below:

Swiss Garden Beautiful Butterflies Trail 

The Collection Marvellous Moths Trail 

 

Brilliant playground

A Shuttleworth gem and a local tradition, the outdoor playground at Shuttleworth is huge, secure, and offers a wide range of play equipment for all ages.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the things people ask about most often. If you still can't find the answer, please give our enquiries line a call on 01767 627927.

Parking

The parking areas are located in the centre of our 60 acre site. Limited parking is available throughout the winter months our hardstanding, with parking increased on our grass paddocks throughout the summer season.

Given that you can start your journey with us anywhere on the site, our helpful team will endeavour to park you as close as possible or provide a lift on a buggy to your intended destination.

Did you know? – Cars were Richard Shuttleworth’s first passion and he raced the latest models all around the world, but came home to restore his ‘old crocs’ – the Edwardian cars that are still in the Collection today.

Dogs

We welcome well-behaved dogs on leads in the airfield paddocks and parkland and Discovery Hub.

Dogs are not permitted indoors in the Hangars,  Shop, Café or House.

Dogs are not permitted outdoors in the Swiss Garden or playground

Assistance dogs are permitted everywhere

Please note that there is no shade in our parking areas.

The Shuttleworth family adored dogs.  You’ll find many of their favourites captured in portraits in the House, and don’t miss the Dog Cemetery in the Swiss Garden.

30 day tickets

The 30 day tickets are valid for 30 days from the date of booking.

You can use them as much as you like during that 30 days.

Your ticket will be scanned when you return.  You cannot transfer your ticket to someone else.

You do not have to use your ticket for the day you’ve booked it.  If your plans change, you can just use it whenever it suits you within that 30 day period.  However, your 30 days starts from the date it was booked for, not the date of first use.

You cannot use your ticket on event days when the whole site is in use, such as air shows.  There are two air show days per month.  Check out our Events page here.

Wheelchairs

We have three wheelchairs available free to use.

On busy days, such as weekends and school holidays, it is advisable to book your wheelchair in advance.

Call our Enquiries line on 01767 627933

Weather closures

Our gardens and walks can be very sensitive to extremes of weather and many of our trees are stressed by climate change.  To keep everyone safe, we close our Woodland Walk in high winds and the Shuttleworth Swiss Garden is closed in gale force winds (force 8 and above)

Visiting the House

The House is open to the public on the following dates in 2022:

 

All Sunday Air Shows – to Air Show ticket holders only,.

September 15th – Free of Charge for our heritage open day 

Monday 24th – Friday 28th October – For daily general admission holders and members.

 

We also run tours of the House on selected dates to book the next tour please click here.

Flying In / PPR Booking

If you are flying in to visit us please ensure that you have filled out the form via the PPR Booking page.

Accessibility

We have plenty of open space, flat areas, ramps in the hangars, and exemplary covid-secure measures. Drop a line to us if you'd like to book a wheelchair. Our large site has a central parking location, so there is always a bit of a walk to get to all our key attractions. Please make our team aware of your specific needs on arrival. Given that you can start your journey with us anywhere on the 60 acre site, our helpful team will endeavour to park you as close as possible or provide a lift on a buggy to your intended destination. See our different area's accessibility below:

The Swiss Garden

The nine acre Swiss Garden has accessible paths throughout thanks to investment from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  There are seats throughout the Garden.  There is a dedicated toilet block.  Assistance dogs are permitted in the Garden.

Shuttleworth Collection

The Collection hangars have ramps throughout as well a generous sprinkling of seating.  The hangar doors are kept open except in very inclement weather so it’s easy to get in and out.  There are toilets, including an accessible toilet, in a central block midway through the hangars.

The Visitor Centre

Our warm and spacious visitor centre offers seating and toilets.  Assistance dogs are permitted and there is a hearing loop within the Discovery Hub event space.

Shuttleworth House

Shuttleworth House is currently inaccessible due to a broken down lift. A replacement is due to in the next 12 weeks. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Access to Shuttleworth House is via 6 steps (without handrails). Due to the listed status of the building we are unable to install handrails. 

Please note Shuttleworth House is open on select days only.

The Shuttleworth Community

Some feedback from our guests

Surpassed our expectations

My husband and I visited yesterday morning and the whole process surpassed our expectations. We thought everything was very well thought out, with plenty of parking space and nowhere did we feel crowded. We thought the catering especially noteworthy as we could see how clean everything was being kept.

Mrs F

A lovely day out

A beautiful day and stunning gardens and an interesting collection. Staff are friendly and helpful, the site is vast and it’s easy to spend a day there.

Janet W

So welcoming

The staff on duty were all pleasant and helpful, there were plenty of toilets and I’ve never seen so much hand sanitiser.  It was an added bonus that some of the aircraft were practising for a forthcoming display.
I think the way you have things set up puts a lot of much larger organisations to shame. Well done!

Ron