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.
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.