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View of the Manor from Baron's Walk
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Explore Waddesdon's gardens online

Discover the story of the gardens as well as special highlights with our online trails, blogs and films.

An introduction to our gardens by film

Dedicate a space at home to switching off

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When the gardens are open we dedicate a particular area as a ‘Silent Space’ every day in order to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life.

In these unsettling times, we encourage you to find a space in your garden or in your home that feels peaceful and designate a time each day to enjoy a quiet moment of reflection.

Find out more about Waddesdon’s Silent Space>

Take a virtual walk around the gardens

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Tremendous trees trail

Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild began creating his beautiful gardens upon a bare hill. Discover how he mixed exotic trees with British specimens to produce what we see today.

Learn about the trees in the gardens>

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Sculpture trail

The gardens at Waddesdon are populated with sculptures. Discover more about the 18th-century statues and contemporary artworks that punctuate the grounds.

Explore sculpture in the gardens>

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Pulham rock trail

Much of the rockwork in the gardens is actually artificial. Waddesdon has several artificial rock grottoes, a feature of late 19th-century gardens.

Discover Pulham Rock at Waddesdon>

Engage your senses

The daffodils are Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’ which are part of our new bulb displays in the Upper Deer Pen near the Rose Garden. These were machine planted during the autumn of 2019.

We created a sensory trail at Waddesdon, and while you cannot visit at the moment, we hope you can use this map as inspiration to connect with nature wherever you may be.

If you have an outdoor space then why not find things to look closely at, touch, smell and listen quietly to. Or if you have a window with a view try spotting flowers in the breeze, listening to birdsong or smelling the spring air.

See the sensory trail at Waddesdon>

The gardens story through our blog

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Waddesdon's lost glasshouses

An important part of Baron Ferdinand’s ‘Saturday to Monday’ parties would have been a visit to the glasshouses. We take a look back at Waddesdon’s lost glasshouses, that were demolished in the 1970s.

Read about the lost glasshouses>

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Bringing the outside in: the Conservatory at Waddesdon

The Archive holds many notes and letters relating to the gardens. These historic documents have inspired some of the planting schemes at Waddesdon today, including displays in the conservatory.

Discover the historic inspiration>

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Harmony in the gardens

Gardens have long been places for calm reflection, and the geometric arrangement of the Parterre and Aviary garden at Waddesdon evoke the Islamic concept of the garden as ‘an earthly paradise’.

Read about harmony in the gardens>

Images to inspire you

Click through this gallery for some escapism and inspiration.

Bring the outdoors to your phone or computer daily by updating your screensaver with an image of a natural scene. Feel free to save one of these images from our gallery or see our Instagram for more inspirational shots>