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.

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See eight portrait bust brought together for the first time in britain © Mike Fear

See eight portrait bust brought together for the first time in britain


In the house; learn more about staff and family experiences during the First World War, see eight magnificent portrait busts by Louis Francois Roubiliac, brought together for the first time, and to continue our contemporary programme see works of art made from Lace in response to the collection. With a few smaller exhibitions to boot there is plenty to see!

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Enjoy afternoon tea in the manor restaurant © Pascale Cumberbatch

Enjoy afternoon tea in the manor restaurant

Afternoon Tea

This year for the first time, served in the Manor restaurant will be available all afternoon from 12midday - 4pm. Book in advance and enjoy as a treat for a celebration or drop in on the day.

With delicious open sandwiches and handmade cakes and pastries, choose from a selection of teas or champagne to accompany.

Children's high tea available too.

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Trees in the garden changing colour for the autumn season © Pascale Cumberbatch

Trees in the garden changing colour for the autumn season


Our gardens are ever changing with seasonal bedding displays, 3d carpet bedding and magnificent trees. Hidden amongst all that are historic statues and fountains.

The Autumn trees and colour are beautiful to see at the moment, full of colour and lots of conkers!



From Saturday 25 October until Sunday 2 November spooky activities will be taking place on different days throughout the week including Monday and Tuesday.

Enjoy pumpkin carving, spooky stories, crafting and even witch school! Join us from 11am - 3pm each day.

A Roman mosaic

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.

Great British Walk

Join us for a Great British Walk this autumn and discover the stunning colours of the season.

Choose from three different gradients of walks, the more strenuous taking in the wider estate with a chance to see the golden trees from afar.