Christmas Trees light up the outside of the Manor

Christmas Trees light up the outside of the Manor

Notice: Please note during the festive season parts of the House are closed for conservation and cleaning. The East and Bachelors' Wings are decorated and open for the Christmas Season.

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.

Winter season

Blue Dining Room dressed for Christmas © Mike Fear

Blue Dining Room dressed for Christmas

Wednesday to Sunday until 4 January

We have lots to offer you for a magical day out this festive season. The East and Bachelors Wings' are dressed to impress, with a new theme which this year is Lights and Legends.

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.

Winter season

Bruce Munro, Beacon at Waddesdon Manor, UK, 2014  © Ben.A Purchnie/Getty Images for Waddesdon

Bruce Munro, Beacon at Waddesdon Manor, UK, 2014

Bruce Munro Winter Light Trail until 4 January

Following on from the success of last year, artist Bruce Munro returns 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.

Christmas and New Year openings

We re-open our doors on the 27th December and stay open until 4th January, including Monday 29 and Tuesday 30.

So there's still time to see the decorations in the East & Bachelors Wings if you haven't already and the Winter Light Trail in the Gardens.

Make your own Winter Light Lantern

Until 4 January 10am - 5pm, (7pm at weekends)

Make your own paper winter light lantern down at the Stables in our Alpine hut, to then take around the Bruce Munro Winter Light Trail.

£3 per lantern, LED light provided

Late night opening at weekends

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 28 November to 4 January

The house and gardens will stay open later until 7pm at weekends, you can view the stunning decorations in the house (pre-book) then make your way outside to see the Winter Light trail in the gardens.