Waddesdon Manor

Sipping hot drinks in the Stables

Hygge winter weekends

14 Jan-19 March 2017

Forget the winter blues and take advantage of our Hygge experience, from enjoying coffee with friends to a country walk around the estate. The grounds are open every weekend and every day during Feb half-term.

Discover Hygge at Waddesdon
Christmas game dinner

Game dinner at the Five Arrows Hotel

Fri 27 Jan, 7.30pm

Join us at the Five Arrows Hotel, the perfect place for a winter evening. Enjoy an aperitif and canapés, followed by a three course dinner with local game.

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Waddesdon dining room made in gingerbread

Biscuiteers: Waddesdon Manor in Gingerbread

 14 Jan-19 Mar, Sat & Sun, 11am-4pm

It’s your last chance to see Waddesdon as never before, recreated in gingerbread by the hand-iced biscuit company the Biscuiteers. Showing at the Stables.

Biscuiteers display
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Wine Cellars

Visit the Wine Cellars and discover the history of the Rothschilds and their wines. See the amazing vaults holding 15,000 wine bottles and an impressive statue of Bacchus, god of wine.

Free with grounds admission.

Explore the Wine Cellars

Putting the house to bed video

In winter we ‘put the house to bed’ and the rooms are closed for deep cleaning and conservation. The statues in the grounds are wrapped to prevent frost damage. See what’s involved in our winter clean.
The house reopens on 22 March.

Caring for the house & collection >

Elephant Automaton

Musical elephant

The elephant automaton was one of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild’s most admired treasures. It was mentioned in a local newspaper report of 1889 describing the visit of the Shah of Persia, who asked to see the mechanism perform again and again.

Watch the elephant in action >