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.
Visit the garden
The grounds are currently closed. Christmas at Waddesdon begins from 22 Nov, Wed-Sun, 12-7pm (last entry 6pm).
During the Christmas season, the gardens come to life with a spectacular light trail with dazzling installations.
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.
Explore the gardens
Other things to see in our grounds
Visit the garden
The grounds are currently open Wed-Sun, 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm).
Our gardens are looking particularly beautiful at the moment with a bright parterre and carpet bedding and an abundance of nature to spot. Download some walks before you visit to ensure you don’t miss out (see below for more information).