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.

North front fountain bus stop
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Your visit

Getting here

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.

Link to Google map directions to Waddesdon

Waddesdon Manor
Waddesdon, near Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP18 0JH

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SatNav HP18 0JH

Please note a section of Waddesdon Greenway between Aylesbury Vale Parkway and Waddesdon Manor is closed due to ongoing HS2 works and is therefore not currently suitable to be used.

Car free journey

Enjoy a ‘car-free’ day out. Waddesdon Greenway is a safe 4km pedestrian and cycling path linking Aylesbury Vale Parkway, Waddesdon village and Waddesdon Manor.

By bike

You may cycle up to the Manor along the main entrance road. Please dismount when you reach the welcome pavilion where you will need to obtain or show a grounds entry ticket. Once through you may continue cycling along the entrance road to the Staff/Premium car park where you can leave your bike in our sheltered bike rack. If you need assistance there will be a member of staff at the nearby North Fountain who will be happy to help.

You may wish to continue cycling to the Stables using the main entrance road.

When you are ready to leave, you can cycle down the entry drive where you came in.

On foot
Your pre-booked tickets will be checked at the gate about 5 minutes walk along the wood chip path. If you have pre-booked shuttle bus tickets please go to the Welcome Pavilion in the car park where you tickets will be scanned.

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Train

Our nearest train station is Aylesbury Vale Parkway. Regular trains run from London Marylebone to Aylesbury and Aylesbury Vale Parkway. Your onward journey from the train station can be made by taxi or bus. A section of the Waddesdon Greenway, a safe cycle and walking route joining Aylesbury Vale Parkway to Waddesdon Manor, is currently closed and therefore not suitable to use.

To check train times, call 08456 005 165 or visit the Chiltern Railways website

Car

Journey times vary depending on traffic and road conditions, approximate travel times are:

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

Parking
The 1,000 space visitor car park is free and has dedicated places for Blue Badge holders and family parking. On arrival you’ll be directed to our Welcome Pavilion. Pre-booked tickets are advised for the shuttle bus due to limited capacities, and you can purchase shuttle bus tickets in advance along with your admission. Alternatively, you can buy shuttle bus tickets on the day at the Welcome Pavilion. You may also walk from the visitor car park to the Manor. This takes around 20 minutes and is on a hard-surface path which is steep in places. Please follow the one-way route for return to the car park.

During Christmas at Waddesdon, the last shuttle bus to the car park is 7.30pm.

Premium parking is available at the top of the hill £30 per car. Premium parking must be pre-booked along with Grounds admission.
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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. If you would like to charge your vehicle, please speak to staff at the Welcome Pavilion who will assist you at the start and end of charging.

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Bus – Red Rose no 16

The local bus 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.
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On arrival at the Welcome Pavilion

All visitors, including cyclists, 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. During Christmas at Waddesdon, a special admission fee applies to all visitors.

If you’ve tickets for the house we suggest you allow 20 minutes for parking and bus transfer prior to your timed entry. This may take longer during busy times.

Shuttle bus

There’s a regular shuttle bus service from the car park to near the North Fountain and then to the Stables and finally back to the car park, which runs approximately every fifteen minutes. You can purchase shuttle bus tickets in advance along with your Grounds Admission or buy tickets on the day at the Welcome Pavilion.

There are toilets at the Welcome Pavilion and benches if you have to wait for a bus.

During Christmas at Waddesdon, the last shuttle bus to the car park is 7.30pm.

Walking

Walking routes are marked on the map given to you at the Welcome Pavilion. Walking takes around 20 minutes, includes steep inclines and is on a hard-surface pathway.

Please note: the hard-surface path which takes you to and from the car park is roughly 20-25 minutes with some steep sections, because of this it may not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

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.

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.

Visitor in a wheelchair on the South Front

Accessibility

Full details can be found under Your Visit/ Accessibility

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 enquiries@waddesdon.org.uk