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.
Today’s opening hours
Gardens and grounds only 11am - 4pm
Gardens and grounds only. 21 March to 28 October, Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays, 10am to 5pm.
Other times of the year, weekends, 11am to 4pm.
Between Aylesbury and Bicester on the A41.
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 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
Car park on site
Alpha taxis/Village Cars 07949 903577
Gardens are free for Historic Houses members.
Gift Aid prices - £12 Adult, £6 Child, £30 Family
Standard prices - £10.80 Adult, £5.40 Child, £27 Family
House and Grounds Admission
Gift Aid prices - £22 Adult, £11 Child, £55 Family
Standard prices - £19.80 Adult, £9.90 Child, £49.50 Family
- Accessible parking
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Access statement available
- Large font signs and leaflets
- Accessible toilets
- Guide dogs welcome
Both inside and out, the displays take inspiration from the wondrous festivals and celebrations conjured up by Waddesdon’s treasured artworks – from sumptuous feasts, lavish gifts and masked balls to theatre, fancy dress and fairy tales – there is something for everyone at the Christmas Carnival.
Bring the family and share a festive day out gazing at the decorated house, exploring our biggest ever Christmas fair, indulging in celebratory foods and shopping for gifts.
Closed 24-26 Dec.
For exact opening times and prices please visit our website.
Waddesdon Manor is the perfect place to celebrate your wedding day.
White drawing room
Exchange your vows amidst the splendour of the White Drawing Room, its huge picture windows overlooking the Victorian garden bedding below and rolling landscape beyond. The White Drawing Room also offers a gorgeous backdrop for slightly larger receptions.
The fabulously ornate Aviary just a stone’s throw from the Manor makes a unique outdoor ceremony venue.
Breathtakingly beautiful, the Dairy at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire offers a wonderfully romantic backdrop for the perfect wedding at any time of year.
Five Arrows Hotel
The Five Arrows is a boutique hotel standing at the gates of Waddesdon Manor. It is the perfect choice for more intimate weddings, comfortably hosting a party of sixty.
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.
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.
We received fantastic feedback from our guests and are currently in the process of planning our next event.
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.