Waddesdon Manor

Magnificent house and grounds in the style of a 16th-century French chateau.

Waddesdon Manor

Things to see and do

Craft volunteers

Have fun this May half-term school holiday 

Enjoy colourful crafting activities from 10am-5pm on the North Front this May half-term. Or take a walk through Colourscape, a giant inflatable with 74 linked chambers in which you can experience colour, light and music. Activities suitable for all the family, available Sat 28 May to Sun 5 June inclusive.

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What's on

See extraordinary objects in our Riches of the Earth exhibition and trail from 23 March to 23 October

Enjoy this year's exhibitions 

From March to October you can learn more about the collection, garden and special loans through our exhibition programme.

Upcoming events

The Riches of the Earth - Exhibition and trail throughout the house

Thu 26 May 2016
Curator: Juliet Carey Waddesdon is full of works of art that celebrate, embody or express the wealth of the Earth. A trail around the house highlights some of these riches - earthenware and porcelain clays worked into vessels and sculptures,...

Tales from the Archive Exhibition

Thu 26 May 2016
This year's exhibition focusses on people and how the records we hold in the Waddesdon archives, housed at Windmill Hill, tell us their stories. One highlight will be to share research recently carried out on the visitors who signed Waddesdon's...

A Closer Look: Spotlight on French Royal Furniture by Jean-Henri Riesener

Thu 26 May 2016
Waddesdon Manor houses three extraordinary chest of drawers by court cabinet-maker Jean-Henri Riesener, two of which belonged to members of the French royal family. They are among twelve pieces of furniture now at Waddesdon that were originally...

Persuading the King: A Manuscript Petition by Gabriel de Saint-Aubin (1724-1780)

Thu 26 May 2016
This display highlights a new addition to the collection at Waddesdon- Gabriel de Saint-Aubin's volume - Placets de l'officier Desbans (1775). This elaborate manuscript petition (placet) was submitted to Louise XVI and Marie-Antoinette by a...

Step this way: The Red Drawing Room Opened Up

Thu 26 May 2016
Come into the manor as a 19th-century house guest would have. The Red Drawing room is the central room of the house, connecting the main door with the formal gardens to the south. Baron Ferdinand's guests congregated there before going into...


Sat 28 May 2016
Colourscape is a large and extraordinary labyrinth of colour and light. Enter a new world where you can explore intense light, colour and space in 74 interlinked chambers, encountering unusual musical experiences during your journey. For...
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Eating and shopping

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Our work

Spot rare and beautiful birds in our Aviary

Listen to the sound of birdsong 

This rare example of a working aviary housed in an historical structure has been restored to its full beauty and stocked with colourful birds. Find out how it is supporting the Begawan Foundation in Indonesia.

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Get involved

A group of volunteers stand in front of the Manor at Waddesdon

Join the team 

At Waddesdon we have around 300 wonderful volunteers and staff working for us. Why not consider becoming one of them?

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A school group in the Education Room at Waddesdon Manor

Bring your school group 

All sessions are delivered by our friendly and dedicated learning team and can be adapted to meet a variety of learning needs at Waddesdon Manor.

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A Group Visit inside the House at Waddesdon Manor

Book your own tour 

Find out more information about visiting us with your group. You can choose from different options to make the most memorable day out for your party.

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Venue hire

The Waddesdon Dairy at Waddesdon Manor with a bride and groom.

Celebrate your special occasion with us 

Enjoy the vibrant modern design of Windmill Hill Archive Centre or the elegant formal rooms at the Dairy to create a relaxed atmosphere for meetings, conferences or weddings.