The house and grounds are completely sold out on Saturdays and Sundays between 2 and 17 December. There is good availability on other dates.


Your visit


Waddesdon Manor was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1885 to display his collection of arts and to entertain his friends. It is now open to the public and we welcome thousands of visitors each year who come to appreciate the exceptional architecture, art collections and gardens.

Christmas in the house 

From 22 November until 1 January, the East Wing of the house is open and festively decorated for Christmas with sparkling installations and soundscapes inspired by classic childhood tales. Admission tickets are on sale for timed entry and all visitors must pre-book, including National Trust members. A special admission fee applies to all visitors.

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During the Christmas season (until 1 Jan) the East Wing of the house is festively decorated. The rest of the house is ‘put to bed’ so our dedicated team of stewards can carry out the essential cleaning and conservation work that keeps it in such excellent condition. The house reopens fully in March 2024.

Discover more about how we care for the collection or take our virtual tour to discover some of the delights of Waddesdon.

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Highlights of the house

Where else can you find a French Renaissance château, inspired by those in the Loire valley, built by a Rothschild in the 19th century, and filled with royal treasures and many objects with an exceptional story to tell?


History of the house

Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild wanted an estate where he could escape London and entertain family and friends for weekend house parties – discover the fascinating history of the house.

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Rothschilds at Waddesdon

Four Rothschilds have been responsible for the creation, care and development of Waddesdon and today Jacob, Lord Rothschild oversees the Rothschild Foundation’s management of the house.


Top 10 things to see at Waddesdon

Don’t miss some of the most impressive objects during your visit with our top ten must-see pieces on display at Waddesdon.

Discover the objects

Download our digital guide via Bloomberg Connects app to use our free guide to explore the Manor and its collection on your visit.

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Inside Waddesdon

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