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.


Planning your visit

Check here for the latest information about visiting Waddesdon.

Opening hours

Grounds Wed-Sun, 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)

House Wed-Sun, 11am-4.30pm (last entry 3.20pm)

House & Grounds also open on Mon 28 Aug.

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Visitor FAQs

Find helpful answers to frequently asked questions about visiting Waddesdon.

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Find paintings by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Canaletto and Guercino and more on a visit to the house. Pre-booking house entry tickets is advised. Please note, the Wine Cellars are closed for refurbishment until 4 Oct. 

Coronation carpet bedding at Waddesdon photo by EOA 2100 x 1313


Enjoy colourful summer bedding, woodland walks and see the Aviary.


Food & Drink

Afternoon tea in the Manor Restaurant, Stables Café and delicious refreshments to takeaway.


Special events

From free tours to talks with our curators, find out what’s on at Waddesdon.


If you have pre-booked tickets, bring them on your phone ready to be checked at the bus stop or ticket checkpoint, 5-10 minutes walk from the car park. If you don’t have a suitable phone we will look up your booking.

Bring your valid National Trust or RHS, AF or HH membership card with you.

Please note Waddesdon is not a participating property in the current National Trust free visit promotion.

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Getting around

On foot 
The hard-surface walking path to and from the car park is lit and takes around 25 minutes to walk. There are some steep sections. Please wear appropriate footwear.

There are mapped walking routes through the grounds for you to enjoy. See routes >

Shuttle buses run continuously throughout the day between the visitor car park and grounds. Your ticket is valid for all journeys you make. If you don’t yet have a ticket, you may buy one at the Welcome Pavilion. Buses are fully accessible with ramps and dedicated wheelchair spaces. Last bus to the visitor car park is at 5.30pm.

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To make the most of your visit we recommend you download our grounds map before visiting or use our online Google map to navigate while you’re here. Download map >