All Grounds (& House) tickets are SOLD OUT for today, Sunday 8 Dec. Please only make a journey to Waddesdon if you have pre-booked tickets. Due wet weather some parking areas are too muddy to use and it is taking longer to enter the site than usual so we are limiting the number of cars.
There is limited availability for remaining Christmas weekends, ALL visitors will need to book Grounds tickets in advance for weekends. 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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Rainy day activities

Don't let the rain stop you from visiting and having fun at Waddesdon. We've lots to keep you occupied until the sun starts to shine, with exhibitions, varied children's activities, and plenty of space to run around in.

Activities for adults

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Manor shop

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

Our shop stocks a renowned range of Rothschild wines, homeware, and beautiful books celebrating Waddesdon, together with an exclusive range of gifts inspired by objects in our collection and exhibitions.

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Taste before you buy

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

As a feature of our new wine shop we will be offering free tastings and the chance to purchase 50ml pours for you to taste exceptional fine wines.

Find out more>

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Online shop

Always open

If you can’t visit us in person then visit our online shop. With a great selection of unique gift boxes, books, stationery and food items. Together with our impressive range of Waddesdon own and hand-picked guest wines.

Buy gifts and wine online>

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Activities for kids

Brave the elements, bring your wellies and brollies as there’s plenty to see and do in the grounds. Kids can take part in the 50 Things nature challenge and tick off no. 6 to run around in the rain.

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Woodland Playground

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

Our playground winds through the trees, making the most of the natural environment. Little ones can play safely, on seesaws, swings and soft bark, while older children can whizz down our giant contour slide or traverse climbing frames.

Find out more>

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Garden walks

Brave the damp with a brolly and enjoy of our great walks. Explore the gardens, jump in puddles, and discover our wildlife. Download and print our walks off from our garden walks page.

Garden walks

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Aviary

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

Discover the Aviary
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Wine Cellars

The Wine Cellars celebrate the association of the Rothschild family with some of the finest wines in the world.

Free with grounds admission

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.
  • high-chairs are available at both the Stables Café and Manor Restaurant
  • undercover seating at the Stables Café
  • indoor, heated space in the Powerhouse by the Manor Shop, to eat, drink and get out of the cold – Mar-Oct
  • front-carrying baby slings and hip-carrying infant seats are available at the house entrance free of charge
  • 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

Places to eat

Take a break from rainy weather and enjoy delicious food in one of our many places to eat with indoor seating.

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Stables Café

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

Near to the Woodland Playground, just a short walk from the Manor, the Stables Café is informal and ideal for families. You can choose to sit indoors in our light and airy space, or brave the winter weather and eat outdoors in the Courtyard, snuggled under warm blankets and sheepskin rugs.

Stables menu

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The Treaterie

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

The perfect place for a treat. A child friendly space located in the Stables courtyard with a light, airy decor and plenty of inside seating. With hot snacks and indulgent ice creams, cakes and pastries.