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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.

May half-term fun

27 May – 4 June 2017

Join us for a colourful half-term full of treats and adventures and a brand new Colourscape created to fit the Aviary lawn.

Plan your half-term

Summer fun

Children's house trail

Children's house trails

Going into the house on your visit? Pick up one of our new free children’s house trails Poupon’s Viewfinder or Myths & Legends at the house entrance and have fun discovering unusual aspects of the collections.

Book house tickets

Colourscape

27 May – 4 June 2017

Enter a new world where you can explore intense light, colour and space in 56 interlinked chambers and encounter unusual musical experiences during your journey.

Find out more

Playtime outdoors

children enjoying the woodland playground

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.

Download 50 things PDF (2mb)

Information for grown-ups

  • Baby-changing and feeding facilities can be found at the Stables and Manor house.
  • Bottle feeding is not permitted within the House due to the delicate nature of our textile collections. Please ask for details of our designated baby feeding facilities. Breast feeding is welcomed anywhere on site.
  • 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.
  • Find a warm place to feed the baby and sit down in the Powerhouse by the Manor Shop.
  • 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 inadvertantly 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.

More visitor information

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Aviary

Our Aviary is full of rare and endangered exotic birds. Beautifully restored in 2003, discover the birds it houses and the work we do as a registered zoo. Make it part of your visit.

Discover the Aviary
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Wine Cellars

The Wine Cellars were created in 1994 and built to celebrate the association of the Rothschild family with some of the finest wines in the world. Open every day and free with your grounds admission.

Explore the Wine Cellars
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Pick up your Mimi passport

Join Mimi’s club and pick up your 2017 passport on arrival at the Welcome Pavilion, or Visitor Information near the Manor. Take part in five different Mimi activities and get a special stamp for each one. At the end of the year you’ll receive a beautiful limited edition enamel badge.

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Maps and dog walks

Find out where everything is located in the grounds and download our maps and dog walks.

See and download maps

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Behind-the-scenes tours for kids

We run behind-the-scenes tours of both the house and Aviary, exclusively for kids. Discover the secrets behind Waddesdon in these fun-filled sessions led by the experts. Keep an eye out for upcoming dates from spring.

See our events

Where to eat & shop

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New! - The Treaterie

Open Wed 22 Mar-Sun 5 Nov, 10am-5pm

Based at the former Stables shop with plenty of undercover seating. Indulge in waffles and crêpes freshly made in front of you, which topping will you choose? Also, artisan ice cream, cakes, pastries, macarons, fudges and sweets.

Treaterie menu PDF
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Stables Café

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.

Discover our restaurants and cafés 

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Gifts

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

More about our shops