All Grounds (& House) tickets are SOLD OUT for today, Sunday 8 Dec. Please only make a journey to Waddesdon if you have pre-booked tickets. Due wet weather some parking areas are too muddy to use and it is taking longer to enter the site than usual so we are limiting the number of cars.
There is limited availability for remaining Christmas weekends, ALL visitors will need to book Grounds tickets in advance for weekends. This includes National Trust members - who can book for free online.
Whenever you come this Christmas, please wear suitable sturdy and waterproof footwear as there are some unavoidably muddy areas.

Family eating in the stables courtyard
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Stables

The Stables Courtyard houses the Coach House Gallery where visitors can enjoy a changing programme of special exhibitions. It is also the focus for many family visits with its access to the Woodland Playground, family-friendly Stables Café, Treaterie and children's activity room.

A view of the stables from 1904.

The building was designed by the same architect who designed the Manor, this time in a French 17th-century style. The complex now houses a café, shop and the Coach House gallery. In the centre of the courtyard is a bronze horse by Edgar Boehm, believed to be the Duke of Wellington’s charger, Copenhagen.

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Stables Café and kiosk

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, 16 Nov - 5 Jan 2020

The Stables Café is informal and ideal for families. Outside a kiosk in the courtyard also serves hot drinks, snacks and children’s lunch boxes. Seating also available outdoors, undercover, with warm blankets and sheepskins to snuggle under.

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The Treaterie

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, 16 Nov - 5 Jan 2020

The perfect place for a treat. A child friendly space located in the Stables courtyard with a light, airy decor and plenty of seating inside. Or choose to sit outside with covered seating and blankets.

Treaterie Christmas menu>

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Bringing your dog

Dogs are allowed anywhere in the grounds except for the Aviary, Parterre and Woodland Playground. Please stick to our doggy do’s and don’ts when visiting.

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Woodland Playground

Open 11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, 16 Nov – 5 Jan 2020

Our Woodland Playground near the Stables winds through the trees, making the most of the natural environment to create a magical area to play.

There’s something for everyone up to the age of 14 in our playground. Little ones can play in safety at the bottom of the hill, with seesaws, swings and plenty of soft bark to land on. At the top of the hill is our bird’s nest swing and older children can whizz down a giant contour slide, or clamber over the climbing frames.

Useful to know

  • our shuttle bus stops at the Stables on its circular route. Stay on the bus after the Fountains stop to reach the Stables and wait here to be picked up to go back to the car park or back up to the house
  • baby-changing and feeding facilities can be found at the Stables
  • breast feeding is welcomed anywhere on site
  • high-chairs are available at Stables café
  • our shuttle buses have space for up to five unfolded pushchairs
  • under fives can bring small bicycles into the grounds but please keep to the pathways. These can be taken on our visitor shuttle buses

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