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Getting here, parking & access

Waddesdon Manor is just off the A41 between Bicester and Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. For Sat Nav users our postcode is HP18 0JH. The main visitor entrance is via Silk Street.

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Getting here

See where we are on Google maps and our map of the Manor grounds off the A41.

Waddesdon on Google maps

By car

From London (1-1.5 hours)
M40 Junction 7 towards Thame, via Long Crendon and Upper Winchendon

From Birmingham (1-1.5 hours)
M40 Junction 9 and take the A34 via Bicester, then follow A41 towards Aylesbury

From Oxford (30 mins)
A34 towards Bicester, then follow A41 towards Aylesbury

From Milton Keynes (45 mins)
A5 towards Dunstable, then A4146 via Leighton Buzzard to Aylesbury. Finally A41 towards Bicester

Download directions

By rail

Regular trains run from London Marylebone to Aylesbury and Aylesbury Vale Parkway. The nearest train station is Aylesbury Vale Parkway. A taxi or bus journey is required to get to the manor.

To check train times, call 08456 005 165 or visit www.chilternrailways.co.uk

If you’re travelling by train, you can download a 2for1 grounds admission voucher to use on arrival:
2for1 grounds admission voucher

Free shuttle bus from Aylesbury Vale Parkway station

You can use our free shuttle bus, between 22 March – 29 October 2017.  This service takes you directly to our visitor Welcome Pavilion. Pick up from Aylesbury Vale Parkway scheduled to link with the 9.57am train from London Marylebone arriving at 11.03am and then departing from our car park at 4.15pm for the 4.43pm train Wed-Fri, arriving at Marylebone 5.48pm. Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays leaving at 4.45pm for 5.13pm train, arriving at Marylebone 6.20pm.

Local buses

Local buses 16 and 17 run from Aylesbury to Bicester via Waddesdon. Please note: this is an infrequent service and there are no buses on a Sunday. On arrival in Waddesdon village, walk through the main gates on Silk Street and you’ll be directed towards the Welcome Pavilion.
Download Red Rose Travel timetable

Local taxis

By bike

Follow A41 into Waddesdon village, note this is a busy main road without a cycle lane. On arrival you’ll be directed to our Welcome Pavilion.

Parking

The 1,000 space visitor car park has dedicated places for Blue Badge holders and family parking. On arrival you’ll be directed to our Welcome Pavilion.

Electric vehicles

We have four spaces in the visitor car park signposted for the purpose of electric vehicle charging. Spaces are suitable for a 16A EV Type 2 charging socket and are free of charge.

On arrival

Welcome Pavilion

All visitors will be directed to the Welcome Pavilion on arrival where you can purchase admission tickets or have your National Trust, Art Fund or RHS membership cards scanned for free entry.

Shuttle bus

There’s a regular free shuttle bus service from the car park to the North Fountain and then to the Stables and finally back to the car park, which runs approximately every five minutes. The house, Wine Cellars, Aviary and formal gardens are then a short walk of 200m (on a flat, surfaced path) from the North Fountain bus stop.

If you’ve tickets for the house we suggest you allow 20 minutes for parking and bus transfer prior to your timed entry.

There are toilets at the Welcome Pavilion and benches if you have to wait for a bus. Each shuttle bus has space for two wheelchairs or up to five pushchairs without folding them.

Between 22 March and 29 October, the last bus will leave the North Fountain at 5.30pm. During Christmas season they’ll return at 6.30pm.

Walking

There are walking routes marked on the map given to you at the Welcome Pavilion. Walking takes around 20 minutes, includes steep inclines and is on part paved, part grass and mesh pathway.

Visitor Information

If you are visiting the house all large bags must be left at Visitor Information located near the Manor entrance, where it will be tagged and available to collect at the end of your house visit. Multimedia guides can also be hired from Visitor Information for £3 per handset.

Group visits

Arriving by coach

On arrival, your coach will be shown where to park near the North Fountain, directly at the top of the hill. A member of Waddesdon staff will then board the coach to welcome your group and distribute the pre-arranged house entry tickets. There is then a short walk (100m) on a flat, surfaced path from the fountain to the front of the house. A mobility assistance service, with space for up to 7 passengers is available for those visitors who are unable to walk to the house.

Arriving by car

If your group is arriving in separate cars, please follow the directions to the new visitor car park. Once parked, give your group name to our staff at the Welcome Pavilion, and then take one of our shuttle buses from the car park to the North Fountain. As group organiser you will need to collect your pre-arranged house entry tickets at this point and the National Trust members in your group will need to have their membership cards ready.

Accessibility

Gardens

Gravelled areas

Most parts of the garden are accessible. However, there are gravelled areas immediately in front of the house, on the parterre, and also around the Aviary.

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 pedestrian path from the Power House to the Stables are steep in places, so may be unsuitable for some mobility requirements. We advise you to use our fully accessible shuttle bus from the fountain to the Stables.

Dogs

Dogs are welcome in the grounds up to the Stables, but unfortunately they are not allowed within the main gardens and house. Please keep dogs on leads at all times. Dog water bowls can be found at the stables.

House

Wheelchairs

We’ve four wheelchairs which are available on a first-come, first-served basis, to be used within the house. These are located in the main entrance of the house.

Most areas of the house are accessible. However, there’s limited access to the Prints and Drawings Rooms, and Wine Cellars. If possible, please let us know in advance of your visit if you wish to see these areas. Call us on 01296 820414.

Please note: access to the Prints and Drawings rooms does involve the use of a stairlift which doesn’t accommodate wheelchairs.

Mobility scooters

If possible, we request that any mobility scooter or wheelchair users transfer into one of our house wheelchairs upon arrival at the house entrance. However, if this isn’t possible, you’re welcome to use your own scooter or wheelchair on the ground floor. Our historic lift, which services the first floor, is quite limited on space and not all scooters or wheelchairs can be accommodated. We’ll be able to advise on whether your mobility aid will fit in the lift at the point of admission.

Safety

Please note, for safety reasons, we can only allow two wheelchairs or mobility aids on any floor at the same time and therefore on busy days there may be some waiting time during your visit.

Seated areas and walking frames

Chairs are available for visitors to sit on in most rooms, please ask a member of staff to point them out if needed or if you’re unsure where they are. Some of the walkways through the rooms are quite narrow, and to avoid congestion we don’t allow carry chairs or seat sticks to be used inside the house.

If you use a walking frame, you’re welcome to use this within the house.

Toilets

We’ve an accessible toilet in the house, and this is accessed via the tunnel to the basement level, by the Manor Shop Courtyard. There’s an accessible toilet in the Stables courtyard, adjacent to the ladies’ toilet.

Large type information

Some of the rooms have large type information booklets available.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome in both the house and gardens.

Special assistance

We’re very happy to help you plan your visit. If there’s anything we can do to assist in any way, please call us 01296 820414 or email bookings@waddesdon.org.uk

For details of our accessibility visit Disabled Go’s website