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

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.
Dove by Lauren Booth

Electric Menagerie at Waddesdon Manor

  • 11 November 2017 — 2 January 2018 *on now

See Waddesdon’s animals transformed into light, find a giant illuminated dragon, neon goats and parrots and even a flea circus as you explore the Aviary, Stables and grounds.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free with grounds admission

Adult £10, Child £5, Family £25
National Trust/Art Fund members free

Website

https://waddesdon.org.uk/your-visit/plan-your-day/christmas-2017/

Waddesdon Imaginarium

Waddesdon Imaginarium at Waddesdon Manor

  • 11 November 2017 — 2 January 2018 *on now

The building and its contents have been scanned in 3D and transformed into detailed animations that bring the façade to life with enchanted objects. Be dazzled by roaming porcelain animals, dancing musical clocks, fluttering clouds of butterflies and moths and spirited 18th-century portraits lead you through a fantastical visual story of Waddesdon.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free with grounds admission

Adult £10, Child £5, Family £25
National Trust/Art Fund Members free

Website

https://waddesdon.org.uk/your-visit/plan-your-day/christmas-2017/

Waddesdon's elephant automaton at Christmas

Waddesdon Manor's Enchanted Menagerie

  • 11 November 2017 — 2 January 2018 *on now

This year we celebrate the weird and wonderful animals of Waddesdon. See an elephant parade inspired by an 18th-century musical automaton to a life-sized zebra and trees decked with birds and mythical beasts.

While Waddesdon’s main rooms are ‘put to bed’ for cleaning and conservation, parts of the House are opened specially for Christmas, with decorations that celebrate the weird and wonderful animals of Waddesdon, from an elephant parade inspired by an 18th-century musical automaton to a life-sized zebra and trees decked with colourful birds and mythical beasts.

For kids, pick up one of our free children's trails at the house entrance to discover some of the more unusual aspects of the collection.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £25, Child £12.50, Family £62.50
National Trust/Art Fund Member: Adult £5, Child £2.50, Family £12.50

Advance booking is essential

Website

https://waddesdon.org.uk/your-visit/plan-your-day/christmas-2017/

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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