Breathtaking view of Waddesdon Manor from the south side taken by air

Breathtaking view of Waddesdon Manor from the south side taken by air

Magnificent house and grounds in the style of a 19th-century French chateau

Surrounded by views of Oxfordshire, the Chilterns Hills, the Vale of Aylesbury and just a train ride away from London, Waddesdon Manor, is an ideal place for relaxing with family and friends.

Explore this French Renaissance-style chateau built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1874 to entertain the fashionable world and to house his collection of fine art. We're continuing the tradition today of entertainment and hospitality with events celebrating food and wine, and opportunities for you  to explore our history, collections and gardens through changing exhibitions and special interest days.

Step back in time in the Victorian style gardens, gaze at flamboyant colours on the parterre amid the ornate fountains and statuary. Unearth the rare and exotic birds housed in the roccoco style Aviary found in the heart of the gardens or you can spend a fun filled day with the family, be an adventurer in the woodland playground which winds through the trees, making use of the natural environment to create a magical area to play. Why not explore the trail around the gardens; hunt for bugs and spot wildlife along our woodland walk?

There's fresh, homemade food including cakes and other treats for you in our restaurants and food-to-go outlets. Shop for wine, great gifts and unique pieces inspired by the collection in our Manor shop.

Eight portrait busts brought together for the first time in Britain © Mike Fear

Eight portrait busts brought together for the first time in Britain

New this season

We've some exciting new exhibitions, from Waddesdon and the First World War to magnificent portrait busts.

Our events programme is packed full of exciting new things to get involved in and this year for the first time our afternoon teas will be served all afternoon from 12pm. Join us this year and enjoy what's new at Waddesdon.

Summer fun activities and crafts

Everyday we are open during August, children are admitted free to the house and gardens, so whilst your here, join in with one of our creative summer activities. Build your own mosaic, design a roman helmet, take part in an animal handling workshop and more!

Chilli Festival at the Aviary

Now in it's 8th year, the Chilli Festival will be held in the gardens at the Aviary. With forty exhibitors bringing you the best Chilli products. With talks and demonstrations, music and children's activities, the weekend is set to be the ultimate Chilli experience!

A Roman Mosaic from Lod

Until 2 November, the largest, most elaborate piece from a series of Roman mosaic floors will be showcased in our Coach House. View an extraordinary piece of Roman craftmanship and learn about the Rothschilds and their link to archaeology.