Important update - Christmas at Waddesdon.
All tickets Sold Out for Sat 7 Dec 2019. Please only make the journey if you have pre-booked tickets.

Due to our very wet autumn some parking areas are too muddy to use, so over Christmas weekends we are having to limit the number of cars. For remaining Christmas weekends, ALL visitors will need to book their Grounds tickets in advance. This includes National Trust members - who can book for free online.

Whenever you come this Christmas, please wear suitable sturdy and waterproof footwear as there are some unavoidably muddy areas.

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For families

We’ve lots to keep you and the family entertained during your visit. From our Woodland Playground cut into the side of a hill where you can also hunt for bugs or build a den, to events at weekends and during school holidays.

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Christmas family fun

There’s so much to enjoy with your family this Christmas. Write a letter to Father Christmas. Get creative with lantern making. Or follow Mimi’s trail around the house, free with a children’s house ticket.

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Join Mimi in 2019

Mimi has lots of exciting adventures to keep the kids busy throughout the year. Don’t forget to register for her new club.

Join Mimi's club
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Family events

Take a look at all the upcoming family events in 2019 so you don’t miss out on anything.

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Playtime outdoors

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Woodland Playground

Our playground winds through the trees, making the most of the natural environment. Little ones can play safely at the bottom of the hill, on seesaws, swings and soft bark. At the top is our bird’s nest swing, for those who want a more gentle play. Older children can whizz down our giant contour slide or clamber over the climbing frames. Access included in your grounds ticket.

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Outdoor adventures: 50 things

Join the National Trust’s outdoor challenge and complete 50 different activities across lots of properties. Pick up a free 50 things leaflet from our Welcome Pavilion and start ticking off your adventures. At Waddesdon you can do No.4 build a den, No.31 hunt for bugs, No.6 run around in the rain, No.12 make a trail with sticks, No.33 catch a falling leaf, No.34 track wild animals, and more.

Download 50 things PDF (2mb)

Sensory map

Sensory map

Follow this trail as you wander through the grounds and experience Waddesdon through your senses. Each stop on the trail engages a different sense enhancing your surroundings through touch, sight, sound and smell. Touch the rough surface of the tree ferns and stop to listen to the birds sing in the Aviary.

Download the sensory map PDF (3mb)>

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Take a break

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The Treaterie

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, 16 Nov - 5 Jan 2020

The perfect place for a treat. Enjoy delicious artisan ice creams from local supplier Oliphant & Pomeroy or create your own sundaes with a choice of toppings.

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Stables Café

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, 16 Nov - 5 Jan 2020

Stop to refuel after all your playtime fun. Near to the Woodland Playground and a short walk from the Manor, the Stables Café is informal and ideal for families.

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Rainy day activities

Don’t let the rain stop you from visiting and having fun, we’ve lots to keep you occupied until the sun starts to shine. From house trails to objecting handling.

See all our wet weather activities>

Information for grown-ups

  • we have a woodchip pathway which takes you to and from the car park and because of the surface it is not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs or mobility scooters
  • baby-changing and feeding facilities can be found at the Manor and Stables
  • a changing places facility can be found in the Manor, access via the Manor shop. During Jan-Mar access to the facility can be arranged upon request. Please notify a member of staff of your requirement upon arrival so we can organise this for you.
  • front-carrying baby slings and hip-carrying infant seats are available at the house entrance free of charge
  • high-chairs are available at both the Stables Café
  • indoor, heated space in the Powerhouse by the Manor Shop, to eat, drink and get out of the cold – available Mar-Oct
  • our shuttle buses have space for up to five unfolded pushchairs
  • prams and pushchairs are not allowed in the house as the visitor route is narrow and they may inadvertently cause damage
  • for safety reasons children may not be carried on your shoulders during your house visit
  • under fives can bring small bicycles into the grounds but please keep to the pathways. These can be taken on our visitor shuttle buses

Feeding or changing a baby inside the house

  • our collection is fragile, with many historic textiles that are vulnerable to any accidental spillage of food or liquids including water.  However, there are areas around the House which are less sensitive where you can feed your baby. Please ask a member of the house team for assistance. We also have private facilities on the ground floor of the house for baby feeding should parents wish to use it.

More visitor information

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Aviary

Our Aviary, a registered zoo, is full of rare and endangered exotic birds.

Discover the Aviary

Rockwork online trail

Whether visiting in person or remotely you can now take an online walk around Waddesdon with our first interactive trail. Explore our Pulham rockwork with this new digital feature which allows you to select a map or list as a starting point to explore the grounds and gardens.

Try out the Pulham trail >

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Family Arts Standards

We have pledged to meet the Family Arts Standards, a UK wide recognised quality-mark demonstrating excellence in family provision.

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