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.


Your visitGroups & travel trade

Christmas for Groups

Christmas is always a special time of year at Waddesdon and the perfect place to bring your group.

Join us this year as Waddesdon transforms into a magical wonderland inspired by classic British tales. Inside the house, be transported as you explore the Mad Hatters tea party and discover Captain Hooks treasure cave. Outside, the Manor’s façade will come to life with bespoke projections and Waddesdon’s spectacular landscape will be lit with a kaleidoscope of colour, lights and music along a light trail through the grounds.

Group admission and prices 2023

Christmas at Waddesdon runs 12noon-7pm, 22 Nov – 1 Jan.

Our group rates apply to groups of 15 or more people.

We recommend shuttle bus tickets if you plan on moving around on site. These are £2pp if bought in advance and £2.50 if bought on the day.

Off-peak group prices

Wed-Fri, 22 Nov – 1 Jan

House and Grounds:

Adult £32
National Trust Adult £15.50


Adult £20
National Trust Adults £11.25

Standard group prices

Sat-Sun, 22 Nov – 1 Jan

House and Grounds:

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer House and Grounds group visit on these days.


Adult £24
National Trust Adults £13.50

Book a group visit

To make a booking or if you have any queries, please contact:

Phone: 01296 653285

Unmissable Christmas highlights

Red Ante Room, Christmas at Waddesdon 2022 © Waddesdon, A Rothschild House & Gardens. Photo Mike Fear (1) (1)

Christmas in the House (Off peak visits only)

Step into a world of classic British tales as you explore this years festive display in the house, inspired by Alice In Wonderland, The Snow Queen and Peter Pan.


Manor projections

We’re delighted to be working with motion graphics designer, Jamie Shiels, to give this years display a little extra touch of magic! From dusk, see the Manor’s façade come to life with bespoke projections.

Christmas at Waddesdon 2022, Light Trail © Waddesdon, A Rothschild House & Gardens. Photo Chris Lacey (4) (1)

Light trail

See the gardens sparkle brightly with mesmerizing light installations, in partnership with Luminism. Look out for the shooting stars on the Parterre!


Christmas Fair

Browse over 70 hand-selected artisan stalls with unique and handmade gifts at the Christmas Fair.

Christmas Fair hot food, Christmas at Waddesdon 2020 (c) Waddesdon, A Rothschild House & Gardens

Food Village

Head to the Food Village to pick up delicious festive food and drink to takeaway and enjoy while exploring the grounds.

Five Arrows

Christmas lunch at the Five Arrows

Enjoy a delicious two-course Christmas lunch in the Old Coach House at the Five Arrows Hotel, £32.50pp. Please email Arrival at 12pm, lunch served at 12:30pm.