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.


Your visit


Waddesdon's gardens were the vision of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, who created the Manor at the end of the 19th century. What began as a bare hill in 1874, is now an exceptional example of Victorian horticulture including formal gardens, trees and walks.

Today, Waddesdon's grounds are enjoyed by everyone - from families who flock to the playground and Aviary, to garden enthusiasts who visit to see the beautiful parterre, Rose Garden, Water Garden and more.

Explore Waddesdon’s gardens in our film

The gardens at Waddesdon are beautiful all year round and our garden team works hard to ensure that there are things to admire whatever the season.

Watch this video to hear more about the history of the gardens and find out what goes on year-round to keep them looking their very best.

Maps and walks

We have four different walks taking in the gardens and wider estate, from 25-minute strolls to 1-hour explorations. Our walk are perfect for the whole family to soak up the beautiful scenery and dogs are allowed in most places too.

Follow the link to download these trails as well as others including a sensory map an activity sheet for children and much more. There’s never been a better opportunity to explore Waddesdon.


Things to see

Other things to see in our grounds