The house and collections at Waddesdon Manor

Over a century ago, the house and setting were created to delight and surprise the small circle of Baron Ferdinand's friends. Today during your visit you'll get to see amazing architecture, art collections and beautiful gardens.

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Art Collections at Waddesdon Manor

As a family, the Rothschilds were the greatest collectors of the 19th century, looking for the highest quality of workmanship with a keen sense of historical importance. Watch this short film about the wonderful Art Collections at Waddesdon Manor.

Highlight of the collection at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust in Buckinghamshire

See what's special in Waddesdon's collections

As a family, the Rothschilds were the greatest collectors of the 19th century, seeking the highest quality of workmanship and with a keen sense of historical importance. As a result Waddesdon holds some extremely special and significant artworks in its collections such as two of the largest Guardi paintings in the world and three out of the ten remaining Sèvres ship-vases.

Browse the collections

Inheriting the manor upon her brother's death, Miss Alice de Rothschild became the protector of the house and is best remembered for her strict housekeeping rules that ensured the preservation of the collections. With over 15,000 works of art, objects and well known for its 18th-century portraits by British artists Reynolds, Gainsborough and Romney, the house showcases the Rothschild’s as great collectors. Some contemporary pieces of the collection can be seen displayed around the Manor whilst the majority of works can be seen at Windmill Hill, the archive centre.
 
Take a look at our Works of Art at Windmill leaflet which explains in more depth the contemporary works at Waddesdon.
 

Take an audio tour

During the main season from March to October enhance your visit with a handset tour. Learn about the history of the house and its collection; hear special talks given by the curators. Pick one up from the main entrance of the house for £3 per handset. Available in English, French, German and Mandarin. 

Or download the audio tour as an app in advance of your visit. You can take the tour using your own mobile and this be used for repeat visits as well. 

Download for iOS or download for Android