The Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth
The Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth is an outstanding example of the Regency fashion for creating landscapes in a picturesque alpine style. Serpentine paths lead to cleverly contrived vistas, many of which focus on the garden's focal point, the lovely thatched Swiss Cottage, which today serves as a dreamy wedding ceremony venue. Beautiful wrought-iron bridges, ponds, sweeping lawns and the magnificent Pulhamite-lined Grotto & Fernery have all been given a new lease of life by a landmark restoration, funded by a Heritage Lottery grant.
The Garden is a peaceful, tranquil space, with 13 listed features and an adjacent woodland sculpture trail. Resident in the garden are peacocks and a host of other wildlife. Craft activities and trails for children are available during school holidays, and events such as outdoor theatre and wellbeing workshops take place every year and can be booked online
(www.shuttleworth.org/events). Garden only, or combined Shuttleworth Collection and Swiss Garden admission available.
Opening Times: February half term – October, 9.30 – 17.00 (last admission 16.00). November – February half term, 10.00 – 16.00 (last admission 15.00).
Admission Rates: Adults: £8.50, Concessions: £7.50 (free entry for registered carer), Children ages 5-15yrs: £2 (children under 5yrs are free), Friends of the Swiss Garden: Free (weekdays and non-event weekends only). Winter Admission: (29.10.18 - 9.02.19): Adults: £6, Concessions: £5.50 (free entry for registered carer).
Group Rates: Discounted entry for groups of 10 people or more when booked in advance.
Facilities: Gift Shop, Restaurant, The Collection of vintage aircraft and vehicles.
Disabled Access: Yes, Shuttleworth is accessible, and wheelchairs are available to borrow free of charge from the Visitor Centre. Assistance dogs are welcome and a water bowl can be located outside the restaurant on the patio.
Toilets: On site
Car Parking: Free parking is available for cars, motorcycles, bicycles and coaches. Disabled parking is available for blue badge holders.
Length of Visit: 2+ hours.
Booking Contact: Enquiries
Tel: 01767 627933
Website: www.shuttleworth.org/swissgarden and www.shuttleworth.org/book-a-ticket
Address: Old Warden Aerodrome, Bedfordshire SG18 9EP
Location: We are two miles due west of the A1 where it bypasses Biggleswade
and approximately 20 miles from Junction 13 of the M1.
Updated: December 2019