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 Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 October the Manor Shop and Restaurant will be closed, our Stables facilities will still be open.

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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Carve your own pumpkins and create your own design © National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

Carve your own pumpkins and create your own design


From Saturday 25 October until Sunday 2 November a variety of spooky activities will be taking place throughout the week, including Monday and Tuesday.

Enjoy creating and carving your own pumpkin designs, spooky stories from Bill Spectre or graduate from our Witch school! Join us from 11am - 3pm each day at the Summerhouse.

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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!


Day with the Roald Dahl Museum

We've joined forces with the fantastic Roald Dahl Museum as part of our Hallowe'en activities. On Wednesday 29 October enjoy a splendiferous day of activities based on the book "The Witches". From 11am - 3pm at the Summerhouse.

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.

Christmas at Waddesdon

From 12 November we have lots to offer you for a magical day out. From twinkly lights, 6ft trees, husky dogs, a new pop up Christmas shop, a Christmas Fair stretching over two weeks and the all important letter writing to Father Christmas.