Your visit

National Trust members

Waddesdon Manor was bequeathed to the National Trust by James de Rothschild. It is managed on behalf of the Trust by the Rothschild Foundation and opened to visitors in 1959.

As a National Trust member you get free entry to the house and grounds. Entry to the house is by timed ticket which we suggest you book in advance.

Visiting Waddesdon

If you only wish to visit the grounds, you simply need to show your membership card on arrival at the Welcome Pavilion in the car park. To visit the house, members will need a timed ticket which you can obtain on arrival, depending on availability.

Visiting Waddesdon at Christmas

From 11 Nov-2 Jan, there will be a charge for all visitors (including National Trust, Art Fund and RHS members) to see the festive Enchanted Menagerie decorated rooms in the house. The rest of the House is ‘put to bed’ for cleaning and conservation until 22 March 2018. Tickets are by advance booking only.

National Trust, Art Fund and RHS members: £5 adult, £2.50 child, £12.50 family
£25 adult, £12.50 child, £62.50 family

There is no charge for National Trust members to enter the grounds during the Christmas season, where you’ll be able to enjoy the Christmas Fair (15 Nov-10 Dec), and two new light-based displays, Waddesdon Imaginarium a light and sound projection performance, and Electric Menagerie by artist Lauren Booth.

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Panorama of visitors on the parterre

House timed tickets

Tickets for the house can sell out quickly especially on weekends and key event days so we advise that you book online or by calling 01296 820414.  

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Getting here and car park

We’re just off the A41 between Bicester and Aylesbury. For Sat Nav users our postcode is HP18 0JH. The main visitor entrance is via Silk Street. On arrival you’ll be directed to our large car park.

Full directions and travel options


Late-night shopping for National Trust members

Christmas shop

Wed 15 November
If you’re a National Trust member come and enjoy an evening of late-night shopping for all your Christmas gifts. Receive 10% discount and a glass of wine while you shop.

Don’t forget to bring your membership card.

Aviary in summer

50 things to do before you’re 11¾

We’re part of the National Trust 50 things outdoor challenge. Complete a list of activities and adventures at different properties, then claim a secret reward once you’ve achieved them all. Pick up your 50 things booklet from the Welcome Pavilion in the car park.

50 things to do map

Education group membership

National Trust education group membership gives your school free entry to Waddesdon Manor all year round. Joining up here means you have free access to Waddesdon all year, but you’re also supporting the upkeep of this beautiful place, and it’s great value too.

Information for schools


For adults

Our varied events and exhibitions showcase Waddesdon’s rich history. National Trust members get free entry to the grounds and house, but there may be additional charges for some activities.

Discover our walks, talks and tours


For families

We’ve a full programme of events throughout the year suitable for all the family. Members get free entry to the grounds and house, but additional charges apply for some children’s activities.

See our family events