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
22 March-5 November, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm

House - timed ticket
22 March-29 October, Wednesday to Friday,12pm-4pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11am-4pm (last entry 3.10pm)

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

Bank holidays
House and Grounds also open on 23-24 October and 2 January.

Admission charges

Grounds including Aviary, Woodland Playground, Wine Cellars, the Stables, Coach House gallery exhibition, 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. There is a free bus service to and from Aylesbury Vale Parkway station, for the main season from March 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 French Calendar from the Glorious Years exhibition at Waddesdon Manor

Glorious Years: French Calendars from Louis XIV to the Revolution

  • 21 March — 28 October 2018 *on now

Glorious Years is a celebration of the power of the printed image before photography. An exhibition of rare calendars, published in Paris in the 17th and 18th centuries, from their golden period under Louis XIV, through to the Revolution, when time itself was re-invented, with new ways of illustrating and naming the days and years.

Despite their popularity, these calendars (originally named ‘almanacs’) have not survived in great numbers. They were replaced annually and were easily damaged due to their large sizes. Depicting major events, from royal weddings, and births to victorious battles and peace treaties. Designed to inform and delight the public, while glorifying the king and his image.

These rare prints can be enjoyed as works of art and as important historic documents, revealing much about the social, political and artistic world of the Old Regime.

A number of bound pocketbook almanacs are also included in the exhibition. These small volumes were extremely popular towards the end of the 18th century. They vary hugely in content but all contain a calendar within.

Admission

Free with house and grounds admission.

Website

https://waddesdon.org.uk/whats-on/glorious-years-exhibition/

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.
Anna Noakes (flute), Gabriella Dall'Olio (harp)

Music at Windmill Hill: Flute & Harp Concert

  • 2 June 2018 From 7:30pm

Anna Noakes (flute), Gabriella Dall'Olio (harp), Roger Chase (viola)

Regulars Anna and Gabriella are back for a fourth consecutive year. This attractive summer programme will
include trio repertoire by Debussy and Bax.

Book now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/waddesdon-concert-series-at-windmill-hill-tickets-38869359300

Admission

£16

Website

https://waddesdon.org.uk/whats-on/music-at-windmill-hill-anna-noakes-flute-and-harp-concert/

National Youth Choir Fellowship Octet

Music at Windmill Hill: National Youth Choir Fellowship Octet

  • 7 July 2018 From 7:30pm

An evening of sublime a cappella choral music performed by eight outstanding young singers. This recital will focus on music by female composers including medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen, Stanford’s ‘The Blue Bird’ and excerpts from Perry’s ‘Songs of Farewell’, plus roof-raising choral showstoppers.

Admission

£16

Website

https://waddesdon.org.uk/whats-on/music-windmill-hill-national-youth-choir-fellowship-octet/

Doric String Quartet

Music at Windmill Hill: Doric String Quartet

  • 29 September 2018 From 7:30pm

Firmly established as one of the world’s leading quartets, the Doric String Quartet has performed at Carnegie and Wigmore Halls and the Aldeburgh Festival. They make their Windmill Hill debut with a programme of Haydn, Britten and Schubert. In partnership with Kirker.

Book now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/waddesdon-concert-series-at-windmill-hill-tickets-38869359300

Admission

£16

Website

https://waddesdon.org.uk/whats-on/music-windmill-hill-doric-string-quartet/

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. There is a free bus service to and from Aylesbury Vale Parkway station, for the main season from March 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

www.waddesdon.org.uk

E-mail

General email

enquiries@waddesdon.org.uk

Telephone

Information Line

01296 820414

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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