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.

See beautiful lace handcrafted in our contemporary exhibition © Robert Diamante

See beautiful lace handcrafted in our contemporary exhibition

New this season

We've some exciting new exhibitions, from contemporary works in lace to exploring Waddesdon and the First World War.

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 12noon. Join us this year and enjoy what's new at Waddesdon.

Curtains up inside the Manor

Join us on the first Wednesday of the month, starting from May 7 as we let light into the Manor. Opening a set of blinds in each ground floor room in rotation, unveiling stunning views of the gardens. Event included in House & Garden Ticket.

Music in quiet places at Windmill Hill

'Music in quiet places' is an annual series of concerts taking place across Aylesbury. The Metzger Ensemble will play at beautiful Windmill Hill on 10 May for an evening of hauntingly beautiful music played by flute & a string trio.

Outdoor theatre at the Manor

During July and August the Manor will become the perfect backdrop to a series of outdoor theatre performances, from the hilarious History of Britain to the romantic Romeo and Juliet. Bring a picnic and settle in for the night.