Please note we are currently experiencing problems with our historical lift, therefore access for disabled visitors may be limited.

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For families

We’ve lots to keep you and the family entertained during your visit. From our Woodland Playground cut into the side of a hill where you can also hunt for bugs or build a den, to events at weekends and during school holidays.

Playtime outdoors

A young visitor using the climbing frame

Woodland Playground

Our playground winds through the trees, making the most of the natural environment. Little ones can play safely at the bottom of the hill, on seesaws, swings and soft bark. At the top is our bird’s nest swing, for those who want a more gentle play. Older children can whizz down our giant contour slide or clamber over the climbing frames. Access included in your grounds ticket.

Find the Woodland Playground PDF (673kb)

Outdoor adventures: 50 things

Join the National Trust’s outdoor challenge and complete 50 different activities across lots of properties. Pick up a free 50 things leaflet from our Welcome Pavilion and start ticking off your adventures. At Waddesdon you can do No.4 build a den, No.31 hunt for bugs, No.6 run around in the rain, No.12 make a trail with sticks, No.33 catch a falling leaf, No.34 track wild animals, and more.

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Rainy day activities

Don’t let the rain stop you from visiting and having fun, we’ve lots to keep you occupied until the sun starts to shine. From house trails to objecting handling.

See all our wet weather activities>

Information for grown-ups

  • we have a woodchip pathway which takes you to and from the car park and because of the surface it is not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs or mobility scooters
  • baby-changing and feeding facilities can be found at the Manor and Stables
  • a changing places facility can be found in the Manor, access via the Manor shop
  • front-carrying baby slings and hip-carrying infant seats are available at the house entrance free of charge
  • high-chairs are available at both the Stables Café and Manor Restaurant
  • indoor, heated space in the Powerhouse by the Manor Shop, to eat, drink and get out of the cold
  • our shuttle buses have space for up to five unfolded pushchairs
  • prams and pushchairs are not allowed in the house as the visitor route is narrow and they may inadvertently cause damage
  • for safety reasons children may not be carried on your shoulders during your house visit
  • under fives can bring small bicycles into the grounds but please keep to the pathways. These can be taken on our visitor shuttle buses

Feeding or changing a baby inside the house

  • our collection is fragile, with many historic textiles that are vulnerable to any accidental spillage of food or liquids including water.  However, there are areas around the House which are less sensitive where you can feed your baby. Please ask a member of the house team for assistance. We also have private facilities on the ground floor of the house for baby feeding should parents wish to use it.

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Family events

Isadora Moon Day

Half vampire, half fairy, Isadora Moon is totally unique and perfect for Halloween! Join the author of the series for a fun workshop with craft activities, story time and dressing up.

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Horrible Halloween

Get spooked this October half-term, with a Halloween trail in the grounds, fancy dress, an authors workshop, pumpkin carving and much more.

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Halloween trail

Halloween Trail

Pick up a badge for your Mimi’s Club lanyard after you’ve explored the grounds on this spooky trail, what can you find lurking in the dark?

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Visitors at the Aviary

Aviary

Our Aviary, a registered zoo, is full of rare and endangered exotic birds. Make it a part of your visit.

Discover the Aviary
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Tremendous Tree Trail

Whether visiting in person or remotely you can now take an online walk around Waddesdon with our interactive tremendous tree trail.

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Rockwork online trail

Whether visiting in person or remotely you can now take an online walk around Waddesdon with our first interactive trail. Explore our Pulham rockwork with this new digital feature which allows you to select a map or list as a starting point to explore the grounds and gardens.

Try out the Pulham trail >

Where to eat

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Stables Café

10am-5pm, Wed-Sun, 21 Mar – 28 Oct

Perfect for little ones and mums and dads, right next to the Woodland Playground, the Stables Café has an open courtyard with plenty of seating. Serving hot drinks, snacks, lunches and afternoon tea. The ideal place to refuel before your next playtime.

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Manor Restaurant children's menu

Served from 12pm to 2.30pm

The kids get their own menu with burgers, bangers, pizza and delicious desserts. A juniors menu is also available to suit kids of all ages and appetites, as well as a two or three course option.

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Poupon themed childrens afternoon tea

Poupon's afternoon tea

This children’s fun afternoon tea has been inspired by Poupon, Baron Ferdinand’s beloved black poodle.

See the menu and book

Gifts

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10am-5pm, Wed-Sun, 21 Mar – 28 Oct

Our Manor Shop and adjoining Wine Shop near the house are open and full of exclusive gift ideas to remember your Waddesdon visit by.

More about our shops