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.
See where we are on Google maps and our map of the Manor grounds off the A41.
We welcome car-free visitors and offer a discount.
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
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 (21 March – 28 October 2018)
You can use our free shuttle bus, between 21 March – 28 October 2018. 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 Red Rose bus (16) runs from Aylesbury to Marsh Gibbon 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
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. We have a covered bike rack where you can leave your bike securely in the car park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During our winter weekends from 6 January to 18 March 2018, the last bus returns to the car park at 4.30pm. Between 21 March and 28 October, the last bus will leave the North Fountain at 5.30pm.
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.
Please note: we have a new grass path with plastic matting and additional woodchip which takes you to and from the car park. It can be muddy in places, and because of the surface it is not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs or mobility scooters. The path is lit all the way.
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.
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.
For full details of our accessibility please see Disabled Access
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.
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 Powerhouse 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.
Please note: we have a new grass path with plastic matting and additional woodchip which takes you to and from the car park. It can be muddy in places, and because of the surface it is not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
Assistance dogs are welcome in the gardens and inside the Manor.
Non-assistance dogs are welcome anywhere in the grounds with the exception of the Aviary, Parterre and Woodland Playground. Use our dog map to see our dog friendly areas. Dogs are not allowed inside any building including the house, shops and catering outlets or on the shuttle buses. Please keep dogs on short leads at all times. Dog water bowls can be found at the stables. You may sit with your dog in the Stables Courtyard, Manor Terrace and Coffee Bar for outdoor refreshment.
Wheelchairs & mobility scooters
Most areas of the house are accessible, however, there’s limited access to the Prints and Drawings Rooms, and Wine Cellars. 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 to the House.
On occasion we may request that any mobility scooter or wheelchair user transfer into one of our house wheelchairs upon arrival at the house entrance. This is usually because your mobility scooter or wheelchair is too large to accommodate, or the wheels maybe muddy during the winter months. However, if for any reason this isn’t possible, you’re welcome to use your own scooter or wheelchair on the ground floor. We have four wheelchairs suitable for use inside the house which are located in the main entrance and are on a first-come, first-served basis.
If possible, please let us know in advance of your visit if you wish to view the Prints & Drawings Rooms or Wine Cellars and we’ll do our best to help you. Call 01296 820414.
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.
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 are welcome in both the house and gardens.
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 [email protected]