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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.


Today
Today’s opening hours

Gardens and grounds only 11am - 4pm

Opening
Opening

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. 

 

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

Gardens are free for Historic Houses members. 
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Grounds Admission

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
 

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.

Find out more on our website


Things to See

Walks

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



Upcoming events

10 Nov 2018 - 2 Jan 2019

Christmas Carnival

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. 


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

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

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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.