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Magnificent house and grounds in the style of a 16th-century French château.
Surrounded by views of Oxfordshire, the Chilterns Hills, the Vale of Aylesbury and just a train ride away from London, Waddesdon Manor, is an ideal place for relaxing with family and friends.
Explore this French Renaissance-style château built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1874to entertain the fashionable world and to house his collection of fine art. We’re continuing the tradition today of entertainment and hospitality with events celebrating food and wine, and opportunities for you to explore our history, collections and gardens through changing exhibitions and special interest days.
Step back in time in the Victorian style gardens, gaze at flamboyant colours on the parterre amid the ornate fountains and statuary. Unearth the rare and exotic birds housed in the roccoco style Aviary found in the heart of the gardens or you can spend a fun filled day with the family, be an adventurer in the woodland playground which winds through the trees, making use of the natural environment to create a magical area to play. Why not explore the trail around the gardens; hunt for bugs and spot wildlife along our woodland walk?
There’s fresh, homemade food including cakes and other treats for you in our restaurants and food-to-go outlets. Shop for wine, great gifts and unique pieces inspired by the collection in our Manor shop.
Waddesdon Manor is managed by the Rothschild Foundation (charitable trust) on behalf of the National Trust. National Trust members have free admission to the gardens and house but are advised to pre-book house tickets as there are limited numbers and often sell-out. Pre-book online or by phone 01296 820414. All proceeds from Waddesdon’s restaurants and shops is invested in the care of the gardens, house and collections.
Ferdinand wanted the exterior of the house to be in the style of the French Renaissance châteaux of the Loire valley and engaged a French architect, Gabriel-Hippolyte Destailleur. Loath to build on a palatial scale, Ferdinand, nevertheless, found that he needed to add a wing nearly half the length of the original house to the west end. (lien)