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Your visit

Groups at Christmas 2017

Christmas is a magical time at Waddesdon with beautifully lit trees and decorated shops. Outside we have a light installation in the gardens and a light show on the front of the house from dusk. The perfect place to visit with your group this Christmas.

Group admission & prices

To get the group visit rate, your group needs to be 15 or more people, paid in total 14 days before your visit.

Check our opening dates and times 

Christmas grounds

Group adult ticket £7. Group Child ticket £3.50. National Trust & Art Fund members free.

Enchanted Menagerie decorated rooms

Group adult ticket £15. Group child ticket £7.50. National Trust & Art Fund members £3.

Christmas Fair

From 11am-6pm, Wednesday 15 November to Sunday 10 December on the North Front. Included in your grounds ticket.

Full payment must be made 14 days in advance of your visit for everything booked.

You can pay by: Credit/Debit card over the phone. Bank Transfer (BACs). Pro Forma on request. One cheque made payable to ‘The Rothschild Foundation’. Please post for the attention of group bookings.

Aviary at christmas with neon animals by Lauren Booth

Winter Light at Waddesdon
From 11 Nov until 2 Jan 2018, 4.15pm-6pm

This year we have light based artworks in the grounds by American artist Lauren Booth evoking the Rothschild’s passion for natural history. From dusk, be dazzled by a new light and sound show projected onto the Manor created by the Guildhall School.

Christmas decoration zebra pulling a cart

An Enchanted Menagerie, in the house
From 11 Nov until 2 Jan 2018, 11.30am-6pm

This year we celebrate the weird and wonderful animals of Waddesdon. See an elephant parade inspired by an 18th-century musical automaton to a life-sized zebra and trees decked with birds and mythical beasts.

Christmas food & drink

We know that most groups want to eat together and to ensure this is possible we offer a range of advance booking options for groups in our atmospheric Manor Restaurant.


Coffee on arrival

In the Old Coach House at the Five Arrows Hotel 10.30am.

Christmas groups coffee on arrival PDF>


Christmas lunch

We’ve three venue options, the Manor Restaurant, Old Coach House at the Five Arrows Hotel and The Dairy. Sittings at 12pm or 2.30pm.

Christmas groups lunch menu PDF>


Christmas afternoon tea

Sittings at 12pm or 3.30pm in the Old Coach House or 5pm in the Manor Restaurant.

Christmas groups afternoon tea menu PDF>

Christmas Fair

15 November – 10 December, Wed-Sun, 11am-6pm

This year our Christmas Fair promises to be more spectacular than ever. For the first time it will be set against the enchanting backdrop of the floodlit North Front of the Manor.

With 80 hand-selected exhibitors all housed in charming wooden chalets, a variety of high quality, unique gifts, decorations, crafts and festive foods to choose from.

Included in your grounds ticket.

See this year’s stallholders>

Christmas shopping


Christmas shop

Open 11am-6pm, Wed-Sun
Head to the Coach House at the Stables and find our Christmas shop with fantastic gift ideas and beautiful decorations.


Manor shop

Open 11am-6pm, Wed-Sun

You’ll find an exclusive range of bespoke jewellery, homeware, scarves, bags, and more which have all been developed from objects in our collection.


Glow pop-up shop

Open 11am-6pm, Wed-Sun

Our pop-up neon shop in the coach house from 11 November offers glowing gifts and stocking fillers.


Wine shop

Open 11am-6pm, Wed-Sun
Festively decorated and stocked full of great wines for your Christmas and New Year celebrations. Choose from individual bottles and boxed gift cases.

christmas wine

Online shop

If you can’t visit us in person then visit our online shop. With a great selection of unique gift ideas, books, stationery and food items. Together with our impressive range of Waddesdon own wines and guest wines, with special gift cases and selections for Christmas.

Buy gifts and wine online>

Winner - Best Christmas Experience 2017

Group Leisure & Travel Magazine

We’re delighted to announce we’ve won the category of Best Christmas Experience 2017 in the Group Leisure & Travel Magazine Awards, voted for by the readers.

See more about the awards

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