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

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

Notice: On the 22 and 23 November Network Rail are closing part of the A41 near Aylesbury, this may cause disruption to your journey, please see suggested alternative route on these dates on our website

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.

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Christmas Trees light up the outside of the Manor © Stuart Bebb

Christmas Trees light up the outside of the Manor

Christmas Season from 12 November - 4 January

We have lots to offer you for a magical day out this festive season. The house will be dressed to impress and new for this year is our Christmas fair stretching over two weeks.

The Stables will be a hive of activities for families from lantern making, husky dogs, a new pop-up Christmas shop and the most important activity - letter writing to Father Christmas.

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River of Light by Bruce Munro © Mark Pickthall

River of Light by Bruce Munro

Winter Light Trail from 12 November

Following on from the success of last year, artist Bruce Munro will return with seven new intriguing light based installations in the Gardens. Take a walk around the Winter Light trail particularly spectacular when the light begins to fade in the afternoons.

New for this year, Bruce also has one commission inside the house, Snow Code, a digital installation.

A Roman mosaic at the Coach House

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.

Half term and Hallowe'en fun

Each day until 2 November we are running lots of activities. Enjoy creating your own designs on pumpkins, spooky stories from Oxford Ghost Trail legend Bill Spectre, or graduate from our Witch school. Join us from 11am - 3pm each day at the Summerhouse.

Best of Bordeaux with Jane Anson

On Saturday 15 November join Bordeaux columnist for Decanter, Jane Anson for a tasting in our wine cellars. Enjoy some of the finest Rothschild wines with a focus on Pauillac. The tasting will be followed by a book signing of Jane's new book Bordeaux Legends.