Waddesdon Manor

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

Glorious Years: French Calendars

22 Mar-29 Oct 2017

The calendars highlight royal weddings and victorious battles. They’re a unique collection in the UK and this is the first time some 30 examples will be on public display at Waddesdon.

Discover the exhibition
Almanac by British artists Adam Dant

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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.

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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
Visitors at the 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

Craft Beers & Artisan Pies with XT Brewing & Monty Pieman

Sat 6 May, 12pm
Join us for an informal and lively tasting of craft beers and artisan pies in the cellars. Sample seven delicious craft beers and ales, including Waddesdon’s own Gardener’s Ale, all accompanied by a range of award-wining artisan pies from Monty Pieman.

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Afternoon tea

12-4.15pm, Wed-Sun

Treat yourself to selected savouries and sweet fancies with a traditional or sparkling afternoon tea on your visit. Served in the Manor Restaurant. Book now.

Afternoon tea details
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
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 >