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 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.

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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