Overview

This splendid mansion, built by Ferdinand de Rothschild in the style of Louis XIV, boasts an extensive art collection and immaculate furnishings.

The collection, built by successive members of the Rothschild dynasty, includes Dutch Masters, works by Reynolds, Gainsborough and others, and outstanding furniture.

The house was created over a century ago to entertain Baron Ferdinand's circle of friends. Today it is home to exceptional architecture, art collections and gardens. Some of the house's magnificent bedroom suites have been converted into exhibition spaces, which host an annual rotation of displays highlighting various aspects of the Waddesdon collection.

Waddesdon Manor

 


Today
Today’s opening hours

14 Nov to 3 Jan (excl. 24 to 26 Dec), Wed to Sun, 11am to 6pm.

Only garden is free to members.

Opening
Opening

2020

Only garden is free for members. Online booking not available for Historic Houses members; email enquiries@waddesdon.org.uk to secure free entry.

Grounds open 1 February | 10am-4pm, Wed-Sun

The grounds open on the following additional days:
10am-4pm: Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 February and 10am-5pm: Monday 6, Tuesday 7, Friday 10, Monday 13 April & Friday 8 May

House opens 28 March until 1 November:

12pm-4pm, Wednesdays - Fridays 
11am-4pm, Saturdays & Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays & Fridays

We will be closed on the following dates:

2020
Whole property: 2-13 November & 24-26 December
Grounds closed: 14, 18, 19 & 20 March

Find Us
Find us

Between Aylesbury and Bicester on the A41.

By rail

Regular trains run from London Marylebone to Aylesbury and Aylesbury Vale Parkway. The nearest train station is Aylesbury Vale Parkway. A taxi or bus journey is required to get to the manor. You can use our free shuttle bus, between 1 March – 28 October. This service takes you directly to our visitor Welcome Pavilion. 

Local buses

Local Red Rose bus (16) runs from Aylesbury to Marsh Gibbon via Waddesdon. Please note: this is an infrequent service and there are no buses on a Sunday. On arrival in Waddesdon village, walk through the main gates on Silk Street and you’ll be directed towards the Welcome Pavilion.

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Alpha taxis/Village Cars 07949 903577

Admission
Admission

Grounds: £11 Adult, £5.50 Child, £27.50 Family (up to 2 adults + 3 children) National Trust members: Free Under 5: Free Accompanying carers: Free House & grounds: £21 Adult, £11.50 Child, £53.50 Family (up to 21 adults + 3 children) National Trust members: Free Under 5: Free Accompanying carers: Free

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Access statement available
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
Group Visits
Group Visits

We welcome group visits to Waddesdon Manor from the UK and overseas and from primary and secondary schools.

(15 or more people, booked in advance)

Grounds only
£9 Group Adult, £4.50 Group Child
House & Grounds
£18 Group Adult, £9 Group Child

Find out more on our website

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

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Weddings

Waddesdon Manor is the perfect place to celebrate your wedding day.

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Guest parking
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Accessible parking
  • Wedding planner
  • In-house catering

Accommodation

The Five Arrows is an elegant boutique hotel, standing near the gates of Waddesdon Manor. Formerly a Victorian coaching inn, the building is a delightful Victorian mix of authentic English style – half timbering, elaborate Elizabethan chimneys and wrought ironwork – built in the late 1870s.

Recently refurbished throughout, the interiors have been designed by Design House Winchester, to give them a stylish, contemporary country house look and feel.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Waddesdon Manor, and its estate set in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside, is built to entertain. It offers a unique selection of venues in a truly inspiring location, perfect for all kinds of corporate hire and private events. Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild built Waddesdon between 1874 and 1885, as a weekend retreat to entertain friends and family and display his exceptional collection of art. Famous for his ‘Saturday to Monday’ parties, which served exceptional food and wine; guests included royalty, politicians and celebrated artistic and literary figures.

The Rothschild family remain devoted to Ferdinand’s vision, the tradition of legendary hospitality in a fabulous setting still thrives – a tradition we invite you and your colleagues to share. From banquets to intimate dinners and exclusive wine tastings, team-building activities and product launches, today Waddesdon hosts them all.

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Plentiful parking
  • Refreshments
  • Lunch
  • Accessible toilets
  • Dinner
  • Projector and screen
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast

We received fantastic feedback from our guests and are currently in the process of planning our next event.

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Today
Today’s opening hours

14 Nov to 3 Jan (excl. 24 to 26 Dec), Wed to Sun, 11am to 6pm.

Only garden is free to members.

Opening
Opening

2020

Only garden is free for members. Online booking not available for Historic Houses members; email enquiries@waddesdon.org.uk to secure free entry.

Grounds open 1 February | 10am-4pm, Wed-Sun

The grounds open on the following additional days:
10am-4pm: Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 February and 10am-5pm: Monday 6, Tuesday 7, Friday 10, Monday 13 April & Friday 8 May

House opens 28 March until 1 November:

12pm-4pm, Wednesdays - Fridays 
11am-4pm, Saturdays & Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays & Fridays

We will be closed on the following dates:

2020
Whole property: 2-13 November & 24-26 December
Grounds closed: 14, 18, 19 & 20 March

Find Us
Find us

Between Aylesbury and Bicester on the A41.

By rail

Regular trains run from London Marylebone to Aylesbury and Aylesbury Vale Parkway. The nearest train station is Aylesbury Vale Parkway. A taxi or bus journey is required to get to the manor. You can use our free shuttle bus, between 1 March – 28 October. This service takes you directly to our visitor Welcome Pavilion. 

Local buses

Local Red Rose bus (16) runs from Aylesbury to Marsh Gibbon via Waddesdon. Please note: this is an infrequent service and there are no buses on a Sunday. On arrival in Waddesdon village, walk through the main gates on Silk Street and you’ll be directed towards the Welcome Pavilion.

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Alpha taxis/Village Cars 07949 903577

Admission
Admission

Grounds: £11 Adult, £5.50 Child, £27.50 Family (up to 2 adults + 3 children) National Trust members: Free Under 5: Free Accompanying carers: Free House & grounds: £21 Adult, £11.50 Child, £53.50 Family (up to 21 adults + 3 children) National Trust members: Free Under 5: Free Accompanying carers: Free

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Access statement available
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
Group Visits
Group Visits

We welcome group visits to Waddesdon Manor from the UK and overseas and from primary and secondary schools.

(15 or more people, booked in advance)

Grounds only
£9 Group Adult, £4.50 Group Child
House & Grounds
£18 Group Adult, £9 Group Child

Find out more on our website

Other opening

Prices:

Grounds:

£11 Adult, £5.50 Child, £27.50 Family (up to 2 adults + 3 children)

National Trust members: Free
Under 5: Free
Accompanying carers: Free

House & grounds:

£21 Adult, £11.50 Child, £53.50 Family (up to 21 adults + 3 children)
National Trust members: Free
Under 5: Free
Accompanying carers: Free

Contact information:

Box Office Number: 01296 820414

Email: boxoffice@waddesdon.org.uk


School Visits

A visit to Waddesdon Manor brings learning to life.

Our interactive, hands-on early years and primary school programme supports key stages one and two and covers a wide range of topics using our rich resources.

We also support a range of secondary school subjects.


Walks

There is plenty to see and do around the grounds at Waddesdon.



Waddesdon Manor's history and features

Under construction

The creation of the garden and house was an enormous undertaking, beginning with the levelling of a hilltop in 1874. Overseen by Ferdinand himself, with the help of the French landscape architect Elie Lainé.

A single track railway line was laid down from Quainton to the foot of the hill, a distance of four miles, so that building materials could be brought to the site by steam tram.

Landscaping and mature trees

By the 1870s there was a well established tradition of giving the appearance of instant maturity to a garden by planting mature trees. Baron Ferdinand took this approach at Waddesdon.

There was nothing French about the planting of the grounds, it was a pioneering example of a new taste for greater colour in tree and shrub planting that was just emerging into fashion

Family gardeners

Baron Ferdinand with his beloved dog Poupon.

Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild

Ferdinand inherited his love of gardens from his mother, Charlotte, and described how when he was a child, he and his siblings were all given a little plot of their own to plant out as they wished.

Miss Alice de Rothschild

Alice inherited Waddesdon from her brother Ferdinand in 1898. As well as introducing rules for housekeeping within the Manor, she had a great passion for gardening, carrying a weeding tool with her everywhere. She pioneered new techniques to be used at Waddesdon, such as the recently invented concept of 3D carpet bedding.

Learn more about Miss Alice>


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