Glorious gardens

The beautiful Parterre on the south front of the manor © Richard Byrant

The beautiful Parterre on the south front of the manor

Enjoy the gardens all year round with different bedding displays complimenting the seasons.

From the iconic Parterre with its unique carpet bedding, to the statuary and fountains hidden within the gardens. Take a stroll through the rose garden and see the splendid displays of David Austin roses and our very own Miss Alice rose. 

There are plenty of benches for you to sit and while away the hours this autumn.

  • Waddesdon Manor garden staff c1900 © Thr Rothschild Collection, (The National Trust), Waddesdon Manor


    In 1874 when Baron Ferdinand originally bought the estate, the central hill was bare farmland.

  • Summertime in the aviary garden © Waddesdon, The Rothschild Collection (National Trust) Photo: Hugh Palmer


    From the elaborate fountains to the hidden statuary, the gardens reveal a magnificent collection of sculptu...

  • Picture of a Red Kite in flight © National Trust


    Our gardens are full of wildlife, spot timid muntjac and watch the red kites soar over the rooftops.

Carpet bedding

Enjoy the beautiful carpet bedding depicting the Lod mosaic

The Parterre is an iconic part of the gardens with nearly 19,000 plants making up the bedding display. The carpet bedding on the Parterre each year has a theme linking to our exhibitions. In 2014 it depicted fabulous fish from the Predators and Prey: Lod mosaic exhibition.


There are three seperate walk routes around the grounds, one taking in the wider estate, one around the formal gardens and one through the woodlands. Pick up one of our free leaflets and choose which sites you would like to take in.

The Aviary

The working Aviary is set within its own garden, which was originally designed to be the gateway to the pleasure grounds by Baron Ferdinand. This part of the gardens is also home to the rose garden which in the summer boasts over 600 roses from David Austin.

Garden tours

From March to October enjoy a free walk with one of our garden guides learning more about the history of the garden. See seasonal bedding planting as well as sculptures, statuary and fountains.