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.

Waddesdon at Christmas

National Trust members are free to enjoy the grounds during the Christmas season, where you’ll find 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. 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.

From 11 Nov-2 Jan, there will be a charge for all visitors (including National Trust and Art Fund 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 21 March 2018.

Please note: all House tickets must be booked in advance for Enchanted Menagerie decorated rooms.

All weekend dates are now sold out. There is limited availability of house tickets on weekdays and between 27 Dec and 2 Jan available for pre-booking. This year there will be no House tickets for sale on the day.

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

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Panorama of visitors on the parterre

As a National Trust member you get free entry to the grounds all year round, and from March to October you get free entry to the house. Entry to the house is by timed ticket which we suggest you book in advance.

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


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

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