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Over a century ago, the house and grounds were created to delight and surprise the small circle of Baron Ferdinand's friends. We now welcome thousands of visitors each year who come to appreciate the exceptional architecture, art collections and gardens.

The house is now closed for the winter and will be re-opening to visitors in April 2022.

From the end of October, the house team work hard to ‘put the house to bed’ for the winter. The physical care and conservation of the collection is the responsibility of our Stewards, who clean and cover everything in the Autumn, and re-set the displays before we re-open in the Spring.

Read more about caring for the collection >

A Little Chaos Dining Room Waddesdon

Lights, camera, action!

Since it first featured on film in 1966, Waddesdon has enjoyed a long career starring on both big and small screens. Find out about some of the Manor’s magical onscreen transformations.

Discover Waddesdon on film> 

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Food fit for a queen

On 13 May 1890 Queen Victoria paid a much anticipated visit to Waddesdon. Following a tour of the house, the royal party sat down to lunch with a special menu.

Read more about this royal feast>

Elephant Automaton

Top ten must-see pieces in Waddesdon’s collection

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

Take a look inside the house

Enjoy highlights of the art collections and house with our online trails, films and virtual room tours. You can even get up close to artworks with your smartphone from the comfort of your armchair at home.

Explore Waddesdon virtually here>

Putting the house to bed

When the main season is over, the house team work hard behind the scenes to ‘put the house to bed’ for the winter. Rooms are meticulously cleaned and packed away, ready for essential conservation work to take place.

See some of the process in this video.