Reynolds at Waddesdon: A Trail

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Academy of Art in London, of which Sir Joshua Reynolds was the first president. Discover Waddesdon's impressive collection of paintings by Reynolds around the House.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Waddesdon's exceptional collection of Reynolds paintings demonstrates the multiple ways in which portraits can be interpreted by the viewer, and the stories that explain the history behind the paintings. The portraits range from the self-promotion of aristocrats, the hidden secrets and blackmail of celebrities to his interest in the historical and mythological.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Waddesdon Manor

Prices

Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £22.00 £19.80
Child £11.00 £9.90
Family £55.00 £49.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £15.00
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £7.50
Gardens only (21 Mar-28 Oct)
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £12.00 £10.80
Child £6.00 £5.40
Family £30.00 £27.00
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £7.50
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £3.75

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...

To visit the house a grounds ticket must be purchased.The house operates timed tickets, including for National Trust members, available in advance by phone tel: 01296 820414 (with £3 booking fee per transaction) or free online at waddesdon.org.uk.Tickets are limited and sell out on busy days especially weekends, school holidays, Bank Holidays and in Decem ber.  AT CHRISTMAS from 10 Nov-1 Jan, there will be a charge for all visitors (including National Trust, Art Fund and RHS members) to see the festive decorated rooms in the house. The rest of the House is 'put to bed' for cleaning and conservation until 20 March 2019. Tickets for Christmas are by advance booking only at www.waddesdon.org.uk or call 01296 820414.

The basics

Booking details
Call 01296 820414
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
Suitability
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
Start the self-led trail in the oval meeting room at the front of the house and make your way around each painting.
Accessibility
Please note that if you require the historic lift to access the first floor, then please ask a member of staff for aid.
Other
Also explore Waddesdon's digital trail that celebrates the 14 Reynolds paintings in the collection, providing you with additional information and an online immersive experience for each painting.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
22 June 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Available
23 June 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Available
24 June 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Available
27 June 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Available
28 June 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Available
29 June 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Available
30 June 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Available
1 July 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Available
4 July 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Available
5 July 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Available
6 July 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Available
7 July 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Available
8 July 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Available
11 July 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Available
12 July 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Available
13 July 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Available
14 July 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Available
15 July 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Available
18 July 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Available
19 July 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Available

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Contact Info

Name
Bookings
Email
bookings.waddesdon@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01296 820414

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Fri 22 Jun 2018
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Fri 22 Jun 2018
12:00-16:00
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