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.

Family walking round the South front Parterre

Your visitAccessibility

Accessibility for families

At Waddesdon Manor we are committed to providing an accessible attraction for all, and try to ensure everyone can enjoy their visit while with us. Accompanying carers receive free entry.

On arrival

  • car park – we have a 1,000 space visitor car park with designated family spaces
  • toilet facilities – there are toilet facilities, including an accessible toilet at the Welcome Pavilion
  • shuttle bus – there is a regular shuttle bus service which is fully accessible and has spaces for up to five unfolded pushchairs, free for Blue Badge holders and their companions
  • bicycles – under fives can bring small bicycles into the grounds but please keep to the pathways
  • pathway to the manor – the woodchip pathway which takes you from the car park is not suitable for pushchairs due to the surface
  • assistance dogs are welcomed in the grounds, house, shops and catering outlets and on shuttle buses

If you have a timed ticket for the House we suggest you allow at least 30 minutes for parking and bus transfer prior to your timed entry.


Group on tour of East Gallery
  • toilet facilities – there are toilets located at both the Manor and the Stables including a changing places toilet, accessed through the Manor shop*
  • baby-changing & feeding – there are baby-changing and feeding facilities at the Manor and the Stables
  • prams & pushchairs are not allowed in the house, however there are front-carrying baby slings and hip-carrying infant seats are available at the House entrance free of charge
  • large bags – when visiting the House, any large bags must be kept with visitors at all times
  • seated areas – there are chairs available in most rooms, please ask a member of staff to point them out if needed. Some of the walkways are quite narrow, and to avoid congestion we don’t allow carry chairs or seat sticks to be used inside the house

*From January to March, access to the changing places facility can be arranged upon request. Please notify a member of staff of your requirement upon arrival so we can organise this for you.

Feeding or changing a baby inside the House

Our collection is fragile, with many historic textiles that are vulnerable to any accidental spillage of food or liquids including water.  However, there are areas around the House which are less sensitive where you can feed your baby. Please ask a member of the house team for assistance. We also have private facilities on the ground floor of the house for baby feeding should parents wish to use it.


Girl playing with autumn leaves
  • steep paths – you’ll find steep and uneven paths on the way to the Stables and down to the Dairy. 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 fountain to the Stables
  • Woodland Playground – our Woodland Playground winds through the trees and is suitable for little ones as well as older children. Access is included in your grounds ticket. Discover the playground>
  • reflect and roam sensory map – download before your visit or use the online trail. Something that can be enjoyed by everyone, the sensory map explores nature through senses such as touch, smell, sound and sight. The map unlocks Waddesdon’s landscapes and corners of the grounds that you may not have previously explored using Widgit symbols to make it visually accessible for all.
    Read more in our blog>

Food and drink

  • places to eat – there are food to go outlets throughout the grounds
  • high-chairs are available in the Manor Restaurant
  • baby food & bottles – we are happy to heat up baby food and provide hot water for bottle warming on request in all outlets