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 aeroplanes and vehicles and brought them to Old Warden Park to restore.
Full of history and fun. The renovation of the planes and the setting is just fabulous and I'd forgotten how knowledgeable the staff are!!
Walking through the six huge hangers 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 planes, is still airworthy. It's the world's oldest flying aeroplane and it regularly takes to 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 aeroplanes 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.
Flying Festival of Britain drive-in airshowSun 6 Jun 2021
A celebration of innovation and remembering the 1951 Festival of Britain when the Collection’s Comet was suspended from the ceiling in honour of its record-breaking role.Find out more
Aviation Photography Night ShootFri 8 Oct 2021 & Sat October 9th 2021
Night shoot is back for 2021 and we have two days this year with different aircraft running each day!
Plan your visit
We’re open every day (apart from air shows and engineering open days). 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
Bedfordshire SG18 9DX
Summer opening hours (15 Feb - 31 Oct):
10.00 - 17.00 (last entry is at 16.30).
Winter opening hours (1 Nov - 13 Feb):
10.00 - 16.00 (last entry is at 15.30).