Please note: This house does not offer free entry to Historic House members.
For alternative options please see other opening options.

Other opening

Overview

A palette of historic venues are offered, from the Victorian House that presents twelve grand and elegantly furnished spaces for small and large events; to the older Regency-era Parkland and Swiss Garden, which can accommodate large-scale outdoor events.

The 1930s grass runway and internationally-significant Shuttleworth Collection of vintage vehicles and aircraft reflect the passion of the last Shuttleworth for all things mechanical and provide unique opportunities to create memorable events. Situated at the heart of the Oxford-Cambridge corridor and an hour north of London, Shuttleworth continues to offer the same advantages that the astute business builders of the original Shuttleworth fortune recognized nearly 150 years ago. The Shuttleworth Trust, a registered charity, owns and operates the facilities and all prof ts from your event support the Shuttleworth heritage and charitable objectives of the Trust.


Find Us
Find us

Shuttleworth is located at the heart of the Oxford-Cambridge Corridor and just one hour north of London.

By train: Biggleswade Station: Direct Thameslink service from Peterborough, 35 minutes to Kings Cross St Pancras, 45 minutes to the City. Good taxi service 10 min journey to Shuttleworth. By air: Luton and Stansted 60 mins, Heathrow 90 mins, Gatwick direct train service to Biggleswade 90 mins. Helicopter landing site. By car: the estate is just 5 minutes from the A1(M) at Biggleswade and 20 miles from the M1 at Junction 13. There is unlimited parking on site.

  • Offers bike storage
Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Hearing loops

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Weddings

From smaller, more intimate ceremonies to opulent gatherings of up to 1000 guests, Shuttleworth has a choice of three stunning venues to make your day unique and memorable.

The House and Parkland offer an unrivalled wedding experience. Take exclusive use of the Jacobean-style country house and choose between an array of grand and fnely furnished rooms to hold your ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception. Additionally, The Summer House, set within a sunken garden makes for a charming, idyllic outdoor ceremony venue. Finally, the abundance of mature parkland is ideal if you wish to erect a marquee or tipi.

For a magical, serene affair The Swiss Garden, designed in the late Regency era, is a rare example of period landscape design. Within the garden, surrounded by beautifully manicured lawns, are two licenced venues for wedding ceremonies: The Swiss Cottage and The Grotto & Fernery. The Collection’s Hangar 3 is a thrilling venue to host your day. With tables peppered around masterpieces of aviation and automotive history, this unique space lends itself to a stylish ‘vintage’ celebration.

Facilities

  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Guest parking
  • Wedding planner
  • Accessible parking
  • Bridal suite
  • In-house catering

Accommodation

The House has 15 en-suite bedrooms located above The Garden Suite, and 16 shared facilities bedrooms located on the top floor of The House.

Accommodation at The House is only available for guests attending weddings or events Shuttleworth. Camping is also available - https://www.shuttleworth.org/camping/


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

From team meetings to product launches and from intimate dinners to glamorous receptions; Shuttleworth House’s nine ground floor and three frst floor rooms can be combined and confgured to offer choice and flexibility to accommodate your requirements. From the grandeur of The Saloon to the simplicity of the Garden Suite, there is a look and feel to meet your event needs.

Depending on the nature of your event, your seating set-up can be confgured in a variety of ways to allow for optimal comfort and use of space, with considerations made for food and refreshments to be available nearby, maximising privacy. Our experienced event managers can help you to make the most of the opportunities for corporate or private hire based on their expertise in the venue. The in-house team and equipment can furnish your event for optimal convenience, comfort and use of space. Specialist AV and furniture requirements can be sourced by our event managers from local quality suppliers in a seamless one-stop service. Wi-Fi is available across the entire site.

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Plentiful parking
  • Team building activities
  • Refreshments
  • Lunch
  • Accessible toilets
  • Dinner
  • Hearing loops
  • Projector and screen
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast

Find Us
Find us

Shuttleworth is located at the heart of the Oxford-Cambridge Corridor and just one hour north of London.

By train: Biggleswade Station: Direct Thameslink service from Peterborough, 35 minutes to Kings Cross St Pancras, 45 minutes to the City. Good taxi service 10 min journey to Shuttleworth. By air: Luton and Stansted 60 mins, Heathrow 90 mins, Gatwick direct train service to Biggleswade 90 mins. Helicopter landing site. By car: the estate is just 5 minutes from the A1(M) at Biggleswade and 20 miles from the M1 at Junction 13. There is unlimited parking on site.

  • Offers bike storage
Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Hearing loops

Other opening

Shuttleworth offers an exciting programme of talks, walks, lectures and tours throughout the year.

In addition, we also offer bespoke tours for groups of 10+ These must be pre-booked, and are subject to suitable guide availability. Please visit our Group bookings webpage for details.

GUIDED TOURS

Guided tours take place in The Shuttleworth Collection. They are usually just over an hour long and include a subject talk and the opportunity to see the relevant exhibits up close.

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AVIATION TALKS

Aviation talks take place in The Discovery Workshop (Shuttleworth Collection). They are usually just over an hour-long, include a subject talk and often feature a guest speaker.

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GUIDED WALKS

Guided walks explore the Swiss Garden or Parklands. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for uneven surfaces. Only assistance dogs allowed. Walks require a reasonable amount of mobility – please contact us for any accessibility questions.


Shuttleworth House's history and features

It was built in 1875, designed by the prominent Victorian architect Henry Clutton. It’s situated in 425 acres of beautiful parkland. Gillows of Lancaster made many of the interior furnishings and there are several magnificent examples of 19th-century paintings on the walls, produced by artists such as Sir Frank Dicksee, Benjamin Williams Leader, George Vicat Cole and Frank Holl.


Fun Facts

It was built in 1875, designed by the prominent Victorian architect Henry Clutton. It’s situated in 425 acres of beautiful parkland. Gillows of Lancaster made many of the interior furnishings and there are several magnificent examples of 19th-century paintings on the walls, produced by artists such as Sir Frank Dicksee, Benjamin Williams Leader, George Vicat Cole and Frank Holl.

Ghost on the main staircase:

The Grey Lady

Two direct descendant of Dorthy Shuttleworth are still involved with the Trust today. Princess Charlotte of von Croy and Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Patron of The Shuttleworth Trust and her daughter Princess Xenia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Trustee. Both are of Austrian Royalty and relatives of The British Royal Family.


Upcoming events

28 Jun 2020

Visit Shuttleworth House

Visit The House to learn more about this interesting building and the family that lived there. The House will be open between 10:00 – 16:00 (last entry at 15:00). Explore the rooms, the grounds and see areas not normally open to the public.

Shuttleworth House

The House, a Grade II* Jacobean style home built in 1872 sits in a 5000 acre estate in the heart of rural Bedfordshire. The House, is surrounded by historic natural parkland and comes with a compelling history.

Today The House is a wedding and event venue, but still many of the original features and interiors of its heritage remain.

Refreshments will be available to purchase.