Waddesdon Manor - National Trust

View of the front facade of Waddesdon Manor
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Waddesdon Manor is a magnificent French Renaissance-style château housing the Rothschild Collection of art treasures. The garden is renowned for its seasonal displays, colourful shrubs and mature trees. There is a fully-stocked Rococo-style aviary, a superb cellar of wines, licensed restaurants, gift and wine shops. Events are organised throughout the year, including Christmas period.

Venue Type:

Archive, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Grounds, Woodland Playground, Aviary, Wine Cellars, Manor shops, Stables Café and Shop
23 March-6 November, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm

House - timed ticket
23 March-23 October, Wednesday to Friday,12pm-4pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11am-4pm (last entry 3.10pm)

Christmas Season
Grounds
9 November-2 January, Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-6pm. Closed 24-26 December. Open additionally on Tuesday 27 December and Monday 2 January.
House - timed ticket
9 November-2 January, Wednesday to Sunday, 11.30am-6pm. Closed 24-26 December. Open additionally on Tuesday 27 December and Monday 2 January.

Bank holidays
House and Grounds also open on 28-29 March, 2, 30, 31 May, 24-25 October, 27 December and 2 January

Admission charges

Grounds including Aviary, Woodland Playground, Wine Cellars, the Stables, shops & restaurants

£10 Adults
£5 Child aged 5-16 years
£25 Family (up to 2 Adults and 3 Children aged 5-16 years)
Free Under-5s
Free National Trust members (presenting a valid card)

If you only wish to visit the Grounds, tickets can be purchased on arrival from the Welcome Pavilion in the car park. Find out more about parking at Waddesdon.

House and grounds

£20 Adult
£10 Child aged 5-16 years
£45 Family (up to 2 Adults and 3 Children aged 5-16 years)
Free National Trust members (presenting a valid card) - advance booking for timed House entry recommended

Discounts

  • National Trust
  • National Art Pass
Getting there

By train: The nearest train stations are Aylesbury or Aylesbury Vale Parkway. Trains run to and from Marylebone station. From 6 April Waddesdon is putting on a free bus service to and from Aylesbury Vale Parkway station, for the main season from April to October.

By road: For sat nav please use postcode HP18 0JH, the entrance to Waddesdon Manor is via Silk Street.

This French Renaissance-style château was built (1874-89) for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his vast collection of works of art. The Collection includes French Royal furniture, Savonnerie carpets and Sèvres porcelain as well as important portraits by Gainsborough and Reynolds and works by Dutch and Flemish masters of the 17th century.

Collection details

Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Image of the Biscuiteers recreation of Waddesdon Manor in gingerbread

The Biscuiteers at Waddesdon

  • 9 November 2016 — 19 March 2017 *on now

See Waddesdon recreated entirely from gingerbread, on display in the Coach House gallery at the Stables from 9 November to 19 March. Created by the Biscuiteers Baking Company Ltd, the model is over two metres in size and will recreate the rich details of some of Waddesdon’s most beautiful rooms, including its paintings, furniture and ceramics, modelled in icing. Visitors will also be able to see a biscuit-baubled tree in the house, and hand-iced Biscuiteer bauble biscuits inspired by Waddesdon’s collection will be available in the gift shop.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with Grounds Admission. Grounds ticket: £10 Adult, £5 Child, £25 Family.

Website

http://www.waddesdon.org.uk/your-visit/christmas_2016

Image of Bruce Munro's River of Light at Waddesdon Manor

Bruce Munro at Waddesdon

  • 9 November 2016 — 2 January 2017 *on now

Contemporary artist Bruce Munro returns to Waddesdon with another iconic light art installation. The immersive Field of Light, will be in a new location, to celebrate 25 years since its conception. As darkness falls, the Aviary glade will come into ‘bloom’ with 9,000 illuminated stems crowned with glass spheres, taking the visitor on a sensory journey through the gardens.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with Grounds Admission. Christmas in the grounds: £10 Adult, £5 Child, £25 Family. (£5 booking fee applies on all bookings. Book online and you'll receive a £5 voucher to use in our shops and restaurants until 28 Feb 2017).

Website

http://www.waddesdon.org.uk/your-visit/christmas_2016

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Image of Decorated dining room at Christmas at Waddesdon Manor

Magical Materials Decorated House

  • 9 November 2016 — 2 January 2017 *on now

The house has been transformed for Christmas and visitors are invited to step into rooms imaginatively decorated on a magical materials theme. The decorations are inspired by the rare, exotic and beautiful materials from Waddesdon’s collections including glass, porcelain, precious metals and minerals. Families can follow a special trail through the house, spotting jolly gingerbread men made by the Biscuiteers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Christmas in the grounds & house: £20 Adult, £10 Child, £45 Family. Free entry for National Trust / Art Fund members and under-fives. (£5 booking fee applies on all bookings. Book online and you'll receive a £5 voucher to use in our shops and restaurants until 28 Feb 2017).

Website

http://www.waddesdon.org.uk/your-visit/christmas_2016

Image of Waddesdon Manor illuminated at Christmas

Dazzle@Waddesdon

  • 9 November 2016 — 2 January 2017 *on now

The annual programme of Winter Light will be running from dusk, with a new light and sound show Dazzle@Waddesdon illuminating the Manor façade in rainbow colours. This performance will run for four minutes every quarter hour and has been designed specifically for Waddesdon by the renowned duo Woodroffe Bassett design.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with Grounds Admission. Christmas in the grounds: £10 Adult, £5 Child, £25 Family. (£5 booking fee applies on all bookings. Book online and you'll receive a £5 voucher to use in our shops and restaurants until 28 Feb 2017).

Website

http://www.waddesdon.org.uk/your-visit/christmas_2016

Image of Christmas Fair at Waddesdon Manor

Christmas Fair

  • 16 November — 11 December 2016 *on now

Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas at the annual Christmas Fair set against the enchanting, floodlit backdrop of the house. It will feature 60 exhibitors and run across four weeks, 16 November to 11 December (Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-6pm). With local artisan producers alongside some of the best loved independent traders from around the country, the fair will offer visitors a great selection of Christmas gifts and festive foods.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with Grounds Admission. Christmas in the grounds: £10 Adult, £5 Child, £25 Family. (£5 booking fee applies on all bookings. Book online and you'll receive a £5 voucher to use in our shops and restaurants until 28 Feb 2017).

Website

http://www.waddesdon.org.uk/your-visit/christmas_2016

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Explorer Trails

http://www.waddesdon.org.uk/explorer_trail/explorer_trails.html

Enjoy year-round wildlife trails with things to discover and explore along the way, all within the grounds of Waddesdon Manor. Trails are mostly suitable for children aged 7-11 years with accompanying adults.

How to obtain

Pick up the Explorer Trails Guide at Waddesdon Manor, or download from the website prior to your visit. Contact waddesdonmanor@nationaltrust.org.uk or 01296 653226 for further details.

Getting there

By train: The nearest train stations are Aylesbury or Aylesbury Vale Parkway. Trains run to and from Marylebone station. From 6 April Waddesdon is putting on a free bus service to and from Aylesbury Vale Parkway station, for the main season from April to October.

By road: For sat nav please use postcode HP18 0JH, the entrance to Waddesdon Manor is via Silk Street.

Waddesdon Manor - National Trust
Waddesdon
Nr Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP18 0JH
England

Website

http://www.waddesdon.org.uk

E-mail

General email

enquiries@waddesdon.org.uk

Telephone

Information Line

01296 820414

01296 653211

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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