The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

The Swiss Garden

The Swiss Garden 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 thatched Swiss Cottage. Beautiful wrought-iron bridges, ponds, sweeping lawns and the magnificent Pulhamite-lined Grotto Fernery have all been given a new lease of life by this landmark restoration.

The garden is a peaceful, tranquil space, with 13 listed structures and an adjacent woodland sculpture trail. Resident in the garden are three delightful peacocks and a host of other wildlife. During school holidays workshops and activity trails for children are available, and events such as outdoor theatre and music take place every year and can be booked online.

Please visit our events page for all available activities and events (

Fact File

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, Concessions: £7 (free entry for registered carer), Children under 16yrs: Free (up to four children when accompanied by a paying adult, additional children admission £4), Friends of the Swiss Garden: Free (weekdays and non-event weekends only).
Winter Admission (30.10.17 to 10.02.18): Adults: £5.50, Concessions: £5 (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: Groups and Conferencing Co-ordinator
Tel: 01767 627933
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: 05/12/2017

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