Enjoy the beautiful gardens in the winter months

Enjoy the beautiful gardens in the winter months

Notice: Please note the House is now closed until March 25 for cleaning and conservation. The Gardens, Playground, Manor Shop and Restaurant are all open at weekends, see opening times for details.

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.

Open at weekends

 © National Trust

Grab your coats and hats and visit us for a winter walk in the Gardens, spot birds in our Aviary and enjoy a hearty lunch in the Manor Restuarant.

For the more energetic little visitors, head to our woodland playground to enjoy time on the zip wire, swings and more.

Open weekends during January, February and early March. Saturdays and Sundays 10am - 5pm

Cookery Demonstration Days

Selected dates in February

If you want to perfect your cookery skills then choose from a range of demonstrations, learn from our talented team of chefs and bakers on one of our cookery demonstration days.

Knights and Princesses' Week

Saturday 14 - Sunday 22 February (including Mon 17 and Tues 18)

Enjoy a whole week of medieval activities with us this half term, complete the expedition and claim your prize! Fancy dress is strongly advised.

Exhibitions coming soon in 2015

From Wednesday 25 March 

We have a varied exhibition programme drawing on permanent collections and in-coming loans, when the House re-opens in March we will have a new programme for 2015 for you to explore.