The Rothschild Foundation is sad to announce the death of its Chairman, Lord Rothschild, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and cultural leader, who made a profound difference to many areas of British life.

He led, amongst other institutions, the National Gallery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the family’s flagship, Waddesdon Manor. He supported many causes, some close to his home in Buckinghamshire, others as far afield as Israel, Albania, Greece and the United States. He was committed to helping communities, the environment, education and above all, the arts. His exemplary service to his country was recognised on several occasions, with a GBE, a CVO and as a member of the Order of Merit.

Jacob Rothschild was an extraordinary person, and his loss will be felt by many. The family is committed to continuing his legacy and the foundation which he loved and endowed. His daughter Hannah assumes the role of Chair of the Rothschild Foundation.

We will all be inspired by his vision, ambition, and his commitment to excellence.

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Accessibility at Christmas

Winter is a magical time at Waddesdon. Here are a few visiting tips to help you get around during our Christmas opening. Accompanying Carers receive free entry.

For any additional support for your visit please email enquiries@waddesdon.org.uk.

On arrival

Car park – we have a free visitor car park with designated Blue Badge spaces and limited mobility bays (all on a first come basis)

Toilets – there are toilets, including an accessible toilet at the Welcome Pavilion, Manor and Stables. The Changing Places accessible toilet within the Manor is available for those who need it. Access via the Manor Shop

Shuttle bus – there are ramps on all the buses for step-free access. Free tickets are available for Blue Badge holders and their carers. Tickets may be pre-booked with admission or on the day.

Pathway to the Manor – the lit pathway from the car park has a hard-surface, however it is steep in places so may not suitable for some pushchairs or wheelchairs

Wheelchairs – available to borrow on a first come first served basis, these cannot be reserved

Grounds

Visitor stands in front of Christmas illuminated Waddesdon Manor

Steep paths – you’ll find steep and uneven paths on the way to the Stables. The boardwalk through the Woodland Playground and the path from the Powerhouse to the Stables are steep in places so may be unsuitable for some mobility requirements. We advise you use our shuttle bus from the North Fountain to the Stables. If possible bring a torch as some paths have limited lighting

Shelter & outside seating – there is indoor seating located at the Powerhouse, covered seating near the Manor, around the light trail and at the Stables. There are also benches around the grounds.

Assistance dogs – are welcomed in the grounds, house, shops and on shuttle buses

Light trails  – the light trail is almost all on flat and tarmac surfaces. There are some areas around the Parterre and Manor with loose gravel.

See the Christmas grounds map 

House (closed in January)

Entry to the House – there are ramps that enable entry at the main entrance and inside there is step-free access on the ground floor

Bags – bags smaller than 35 x 45cm are welcome in the house. For security and conservation purposes, bags larger than 35 x 45cm as well as oversized rucksacks (those with a frame) and suitcases cannot be taken into the house and need to be left in the free bag store located in the blue Visitor Information building opposite the Manor Terrace.

Seating – there are chairs available to sit on in the House, just ask a member of staff

Access between floors – access between floors is by a lift which is operated by a member of staff

Floor surface & walkways – the floor surface inside the House is mainly carpets/rugs, with some wooden flooring. Please note some walkways through rooms are narrow, carry chairs and seat sticks are not permitted

Wheelchairs – there are four wheelchairs available for use inside the house specifically. This can be arranged at the Main Entrance. All wheelchairs are on a first come basis and cannot be reserved.

On your visit, if you need any assistance then please speak to a member of staff and they’ll be happy to help.