Winter weekends at Waddesdon

Gloved hands clasp a steaming hot chocolate at Waddesdon Manor

This January to March be inspired by the great outdoors and enjoy walks with the whole family. Snuggle under a blanket, spend time with friends and don't forget to bring your dog.

Forget the winter blues by getting out and enjoying the great outdoors. Explore the gardens that are full of stark beauty, with early spring flowers such as snowdrops and winter aconities. We have three key points to help you make the most of the winter at Waddesdon.

Spend time with friends

Make a date with the people you love; whether it's catching up over coffee and cake or enjoying a walk in the countryside, create treasured moments and simply take the time to enjoy their company.

Connect with nature

Get outside, turn your phone off and soak up nature's beauty. Nurture your wellbeing, there's never been a better opportunity to explore the outdoors this winter.

Get cosy

Savour a sense of cosiness by pulling on some warm knitted socks, snuggle under a blanket, curl up with a book and enjoy a steaming cup of hot chocolate.

Connect with nature

Half moon path in the gardens at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

Silent Space at Waddesdon Manor 

We are delighted to be part of this scheme that encourages visitors to enjoy the gardens in a moment of quiet reflection. Take a seat in our Silent Space on half-moon path and enjoy nature's beauty without any distractions, Sat-Sun Jan-Mar, Wed-Sun Mar-early Nov, between 12-1pm.

Waddesdon Manor's mascot Mimi the Mynah bird reading a map

Plan ahead for February half-term 

Have an outdoor adventure whatever the weather with our orienteering week this February half-term. Or rustle up something delicious and sweet with our Family Cookery School running Mon-Fri of half-term. Don't forget the magical Woodland Playground, Aviary and Stables are all included in your grounds ticket.

Couple walking

Spend a special Valentine's Day at Waddesdon 

There is no place more romantic than the beautiful backdrop of Waddesdon. Spend some quality time together with a walk through the grounds or enjoy an intimate dinner for two.

The Five Arrows Hotel at winter

Winter hotel weekends

Relax, unwind and indulge in a delicious dinner followed by a cosy overnight stay at the Five Arrows Hotel, located near the gates of the Manor. From £165 for a classic double. To book call 01296 651727. January-March, Fridays-Sundays.

Bring your dog to enjoy a walk at Waddesdon Manor
A dog enjoying a walk at Waddesdon Manor
Bring your dog to enjoy a walk at Waddesdon Manor

Bringing your dog

As not all visitors are dog-loving people and to help protect our beautiful surroundings we just ask that you adhere to our dos and don'ts for bringing your dog.

  • Please keep dogs on short leads at all times.
  • Dogs are welcome anywhere in the grounds with the exception of the Aviary, Parterre and Woodland Playground.
  • Use our dog map to see our dog friendly areas.
  • Be aware that although we love them outside, dogs are not allowed inside any building, shop, cafè or on the shuttle bus. Only assistance dogs will be allowed on the buses. Please note that the walk from the car park to the house is approximately 15 minutes, with an uphill section and is muddy in places so please bring suitable footwear.
  • You can enjoy outdoor refreshment with your dog at the Stables Courtyard, Manor Terrace and Coffee Bar.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome in the gardens and inside the Manor.
  • Please clear up after your dog and use one of our bins. Please note that additional dog waste bins are being added around the main grounds but do not yet appear on the Christmas map, please ask at the Information & Bags building for nearest locations.

We're incredibly excited about allowing dogs into the grounds and we know that it makes a huge difference to your day out.

Use our downladable dog map to locate areas dogs are not allowed and waste bins.

Waddesdon dog map (PDF / 2.3MB) download