Waddesdon Manor


Type:Historic House / Palace

Waddesdon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH

Tel: 01296 820414

Waddesdon Manor


Waddesdon, a French Renaissance-style château, is set in the heart of Buckinghamshire.  Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild built the Manor in the 1870s to entertain his guests and display his collection of art treasures. It houses one of the finest collections of French 18th century decorative arts and British portraiture.

Set in 5,000 acres of rolling parkland, Waddesdon has one of the finest examples of a late Victorian garden in Britain. Famed for colourful bedding, the gardens are full of variety throughout the year. Visitors can enjoy formal gardens, a Parterre, 3D bird bedding sculptures and artificial Pulham rock. Hear rare birds call from the ornate Rococo-style Aviary or take a tour of the impressive garden statuary. 

Families can explore Waddesdon with seasonal trails and children's activities. There's also a woodland playground that winds through the trees and plenty of space to run around and explore.

The Manor possesses an outstanding collection of wines. The cellars and wine shop contain one of the largest collection of Rothschild wines. These wines are from two of the most famous Bordeaux vineyards, Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Mouton Rothschild. With wine-tasting events throughout the year and expert advice in the shop, this is a destination for wine lovers or those who wish to learn more. 

There are also cafés, restaurants, gift shops and the Coach House gallery to enjoy. Discover a full programme of events throughout the year including exhibitions and family days.

Please note, all admissions, parking and shuttle buses must be booked in advance online in order to manage numbers on site. Afternoon teas in the Manor Restaurant should also be booked in advance.

For Christmas and special event admission dates and prices please see www.waddesdon.org.uk

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Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Accompanying carersFree
Adult (Grounds)£12.00 per ticket
Adult (House & Grounds)£23.00 per ticket
Child (House & Grounds)£11.50 per ticket
Children (Grounds)£5.50 per ticket
National Trust, Art Fund, Historic Houses and RHS members freeFree

Prices include a voluntary Gift Aid donation. For standard admission prices, Christmas and special event admission prices please see the Waddesdon Manor website.

(15 or more people, booked in advance)
Grounds only
£9 Group Adult, £4.50 Group Child
House & Grounds
£18 Group Adult, £9 Group Child
Please note, all admissions, parking and shuttle buses must be booked in advance online in order to manage numbers on site. Afternoon teas in the Manor Restaurant should also be booked in advance.



  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Hearing loop in powerhouse
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Large print welcome leaflet, audio guide.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - The Treaterie at the Stables and Coffee Bar in the Manor Courtyard are open for takeaway food and drink
  • Picnic Site

COVID-19 Response

  • 2m distancing in place
  • Advance booking essential
  • Capacity limit
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Open now

Establishment Features

  • Staff fluent in foreign languages ** (List of languages are separately given)
  • Toilets

Languages spoken

  • Flemish spoken
  • French spoken
  • German spoken
  • Italian spoken
  • Swedish spoken

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 100
  • Min group size - 15
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Village Location

Specialist Features

  • Marketed Towards Families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is M40/A41. A41 Bicester to Aylesbury. M40 Oxford jct 9 at Bicester jct  7 or 8 via Thame.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Aylesbury. Take A41 out of Aylesbury to Waddesdon.


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member Tourism South East Member 2021
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Beautiful South Awards Winners 2016/17 – Gold Beautiful South Awards Winners 2016/17 – Gold 2016
  • Visit England Awards -VisitEngland Visitor Attraction - Gold 2017 VisitEngland Visitor Attraction - Gold 2017 2018
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Beautiful South Awards Winners 2018/19 – Gold Beautiful South Awards Winners 2018/19 – Gold 2018
  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

Opening Times

House opens (28 Mar 2020 - 1 Nov 2020)
Wednesday - Friday12:00 - 16:00
Saturday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Bank Holiday11:00 - 16:00

* Grounds open 10am-5pm
House scheduled to reopen 19 May 2021
Please check www.waddesdon.org.uk for up to date details.

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