Waddesdon Manor

George III silver on the White Drawing Room table

Visit the house

Bring the whole family to see inside the house and all its treasures. Wander around at your own pace, and if you have any questions just ask one of our knowledgeable guides or house hosts.

A day in the life of Waddesdon

No matter whether you're a Mynah bird, a piece of fine porcelain, a bottle of vintage wine or a day visitor - all receive five star treatment at Waddesdon Manor.

Judge's comment, VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2017
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.

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Chest of drawers with elaborate gilt-bronze mounts depicting oak branches and children reclining.

Waddesdon on Film

The different sides to Waddesdon captured on film from our aviary to French royal furniture to fine Rothschild wines.


See some of our favourites
Almanac by British artists Adam Dant

Our blog

Check out our blog for the latest news and behind-the-scenes posts from our team.

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Power & Portraiture

7 Jun-29 Oct 2017

This special display explores how Elizabeth I and her courtiers used portraits to fashion their public image and promote themselves in a glamorous, dangerous world.

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27 May – 4 June 2017

Enter a new world where you can explore intense light, colour and space.

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Feast 2017

17-18 June

We invite you to be our guest at Feast, a celebration of food, drink and performance inspired by Ferdinand de Rothschild’s historical ‘Baron’s Treat’.

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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.

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Glorious Years: French Calendars

22 Mar-29 Oct 2017

These calendars highlight royal weddings and victorious battles. They’re a unique collection and this is the first time they’ve been seen.

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