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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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Family fun at Christmas

This year we celebrate the weird and wonderful animals of Waddesdon. Follow our children’s trail around the house, see lanterns designed by local schools along the Willow Lantern Walk and write a letter to Father Christmas at the Stables.

See all about Christmas>

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Warm place to sit and snack

The Powerhouse is a heated indoor space where you can warm up, take your hot drinks and sit inside. Also perfect if you need to feed a young baby or take children out of the cold. Opposite the Manor shop courtyard. Open 11am-6pm.

Paddington Children's Afternoon Tea

Paddington Children's Afternoon Tea

Sat 11 Nov – Tue 2 Jan
To celebrate the return of Paddington to the big screen this winter, we have created a limited-edition Paddington Afternoon Tea for your marmalade loving cubs (or kids) to enjoy this Christmas.

View the Paddington tea menu

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.

Find the Woodland Playground PDF (673kb)

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)

Information for grown-ups

  • baby-changing and feeding facilities can be found at the Stables and Manor house
  • bottle feeding is not permitted within the House due to the delicate nature of our textile collections Please ask for details of our designated baby feeding facilities. Breast feeding is welcomed anywhere on site
  • 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 and Manor Restaurant
  • find a warm place to feed the baby and sit down in the Powerhouse by the Manor Shop
  • you can also find warm covered seating in the Wigwam
  • 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 inadvertantly 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

More visitor information

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Pick up your Mimi passport

Join Mimi’s club and pick up your 2017 passport on arrival at the Welcome Pavilion or Visitor Information. Take part in five different Mimi activities and at the end of the year you’ll receive a beautiful limited edition enamel badge.

See all events

Discover

Visitors at the Aviary

Aviary

Our Aviary is full of rare and endangered exotic birds. Beautifully restored in 2003, discover the birds it houses and the work we do as a registered zoo. Make it part of your visit.

Discover the Aviary
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Wine Cellars

The Wine Cellars were created in 1994 and built to celebrate the association of the Rothschild family with some of the finest wines in the world. Open every day and free with your grounds admission.

Explore the Wine Cellars

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 >

Where to eat & shop

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Choose from waffles, pancakes and Christmas ice cream at The Treaterie, festive lunches and afternoon tea in the Manor Restaurant, street food, hot chocolate and mulled wine in the Wigwam café or grab a coffee and light bite from the Manor Terrace or Manor Shop courtyard coffee bar.

Check out all our different menus>

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Stables Café

Perfect for little ones and mums and dads, right next to the Woodland Playground, the Stables Café has an open courtyard with plenty of seating. Serving hot drinks, snacks, lunches and afternoon tea. The ideal place to refuel before your next playtime.

Discover our restaurants and cafés 

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Gifts

Our Manor Shop and adjoining Wine Shop near the house are open and full of seasonal goodies and gift ideas to remember your Waddesdon visit by. From 11 November visit the Coach at the Stables for our Glow pop-up shop, full of glowing gifts and stockings fillers galore.

More about our shops

Celebrate Museum Store Sunday - 10% off full priced products until 12pm on Thurs 30 Nov - Use code MUSEUM10