New car park facilities
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- Waddesdon Manor car park project
- Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
As our visitor numbers have increased, our existing parking requirements have become increasingly challenging, with visitors like you often having to park over half a mile away and walk uphill on busy days. A car park project has begun in order to improve the arrival arrangements for our visitors.
Discreetly hidden in order to minimise any impact on the surrounding landscape, the car park should result in the reduction of a huge number of vehicles at the top of the hill where the Manor sits. The car park has been designed using a Sustainable Drainage System (SuDs) and will provide an ecological benefit, in creating natural habitats through the use of wet swales and ponds. It will eventually be heavily planted whilst the existing trees have been protected and will be maintained.
We have recently opened phase one of this much wider project which involves using 500 spaces, half of the total number. The remaining spaces will be unveiled at the start of the new season, next March 2014. We have invested in four shuttle buses to operate a 'park and ride' system from the car park to the North Fountain in front of the Manor. These will run continuously throughout the day from 10am between the car park and the Manor. The buses are accessible and have a drop-down platform for pushchairs, wheelchairs and other mobility requirements. There are blue badge designated areas in the new car park.
Eventually the car park will become a visitor hub with an information centre, ticket kiosk and toilet facilities.
How does this affect you?
The new car park should improve your visit, on a normal day, all arriving visitors will be directed into our new parking area and then will be transported via our fleet of new buses directly to the North Fountain (the Manor is then a short walk away of roughly 100 metres on a level path).
Grounds admission tickets can be purchased from our temporary building at the car park whilst House tickets will still be pre-bookable or bought at the top of the hill on arrival.
We would advise is that if you are booked in to see the house on a timed ticket, you now need to allow extra time for the new parking system.