Waddesdon Manor

Magnificent house and grounds in the style of a 16th-century French château.

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Things to see and do

Autumnal red leaves on a tree in the gardens at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamsire

Enjoy the great outdoors this autumn 

Come and enjoy colourful walks in the gardens, catch the exhibitions in the house before they close on 23 October or join in with our spooky Hallowe'en events.

John Craven leaning on a wall

John Craven loves Waddesdon 

John Craven of Countryfile fame, has visited lots of National Trust places over the years. He's chosen his favourite four properties and Waddesdon is top of his list.

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What's on

See extraordinary objects in our Riches of the Earth exhibition and trail from 23 March to 23 October

Enjoy this year's exhibitions 

From March to October you can learn more about the collection, garden and special loans through our exhibition programme.

Upcoming events

Horrible Hallowe'en

Sun 23 Oct 2016
Throughout half term there will be our ever popular Hallowe'en trail as well as pumpkin carving and much more. Check back nearer the time for full details.

The Riches of the Earth - Exhibition and trail throughout the house

Sun 23 Oct 2016
Curator: Juliet Carey Waddesdon is full of works of art that celebrate, embody or express the wealth of the Earth. A trail around the house highlights some of these riches - earthenware and porcelain clays worked into vessels and sculptures,...

Tales from the Archive Exhibition

Sun 23 Oct 2016
This year's exhibition focusses on people and how the records we hold in the Waddesdon archives, housed at Windmill Hill, tell us their stories. One highlight will be to share research recently carried out on the visitors who signed Waddesdon's...

A Closer Look: Spotlight on French Royal Furniture by Jean-Henri Riesener

Sun 23 Oct 2016
Waddesdon Manor houses three extraordinary chest of drawers by court cabinet-maker Jean-Henri Riesener, two of which belonged to members of the French royal family. They are among twelve pieces of furniture now at Waddesdon that were originally...

Persuading the King: A Manuscript Petition by Gabriel de Saint-Aubin (1724-1780)

Sun 23 Oct 2016
This display highlights a new addition to the collection at Waddesdon- Gabriel de Saint-Aubin's volume - Placets de l'officier Desbans (1775). This elaborate manuscript petition (placet) was submitted to Louise XVI and Marie-Antoinette by a...

Step this way: The Red Drawing Room Opened Up

Sun 23 Oct 2016
Come into the manor as a 19th-century house guest would have. The Red Drawing room is the central room of the house, connecting the main door with the formal gardens to the south. Baron Ferdinand's guests congregated there before going into...
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Our work

A feathery resident of the Aviary at Waddesdon Manor

Listen to the sound of birdsong 

Our rare example of a working aviary housed in an historical structure has been restored to its full beauty and stocked with colourful birds, some of which are endangered. Discover how we are supporting the Begawan Foundation in Indonesia.

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Get involved

A group of volunteers stand in front of the Manor at Waddesdon

Join the team 

At Waddesdon we have around 300 wonderful volunteers and staff working for us. Why not consider becoming one of them?

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A school group in the Education Room at Waddesdon Manor

Bring your school group 

All sessions are delivered by our friendly and dedicated learning team and can be adapted to meet a variety of learning needs at Waddesdon Manor.

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A Group Visit inside the House at Waddesdon Manor

Book your own tour 

Find out more information about visiting us with your group. You can choose from different options to make the most memorable day out for your party.

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Venue hire

The Waddesdon Dairy at Waddesdon Manor with a bride and groom.

Celebrate your special occasion with us 

Enjoy the vibrant modern design of Windmill Hill Archive Centre or the elegant formal rooms at the Dairy to create a relaxed atmosphere for meetings, conferences or weddings.