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.
Join us to see the Manor decorated for a stunning Austrian Christmas, 6ft beautiful Christmas trees all with hand painted decorations.
Spot scenes from the Sound of Music, Gustav Klimt colours, Swarovski crystals and stunning court dresses worn by the Rothschild family.
Continuing our exploration of Light at Waddesdon, we are delighted to be collaborating again with artist Bruce Munro in the gardens. Take a magical journey through six large-scale installations and be mesmerised by shapes, textures and colours.
Throughout December on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, enjoy the magic and festive atmosphere until 8pm. Wrap up warm, bring a torch to see six stunning light installations in the gardens or enjoy an Austrian Christmas in the House.
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