The Rothschild Foundation is sad to announce the death of its Chairman, Lord Rothschild, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and cultural leader, who made a profound difference to many areas of British life.

He led, amongst other institutions, the National Gallery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the family’s flagship, Waddesdon Manor. He supported many causes, some close to his home in Buckinghamshire, others as far afield as Israel, Albania, Greece and the United States. He was committed to helping communities, the environment, education and above all, the arts. His exemplary service to his country was recognised on several occasions, with a GBE, a CVO and as a member of the Order of Merit.

Jacob Rothschild was an extraordinary person, and his loss will be felt by many. The family is committed to continuing his legacy and the foundation which he loved and endowed. His daughter Hannah assumes the role of Chair of the Rothschild Foundation.

We will all be inspired by his vision, ambition, and his commitment to excellence.

School visit to Waddesdon

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Plan your trip

All you need to know about planning your school trip or visit.

To avoid disappointment we advise booking as far ahead as you can.


Autumn 2021- Summer 2022

All workshops are £6 per pupil.
All teachers and adults are free.

This is in addition to entry, which is free if your school has National Trust Education Group Membership.

If you are Buckinghamshire school (excluding Milton Keynes), you may apply to the Rothschild Foundation’s Schools Access Fund. Grants from this fund can cover the costs of your trip, including transport, up to £750. There are eligibility criteria, but please find out more by following the link below.

More about the Schools Access Fund

Education Group Membership

Membership entitles your whole school to free entry to all NT properties when visiting as a school group, for a year. The cost depends on the number of children on your school roll:

Under 50 pupils – £50.00
51-100 pupils – £80.00
101-200 pupils – £95.00
201-500 pupils – £100.00
Over 500 pupils – £120.00
Tertiary field study – £150.00

Membership is much better value than buying one-off entry, which is £14 per adult and £7 per pupil.

The best way to arrange membership is to call the National Trust directly on 0344 800 1895.

More about Education Group Membership

Self led visits

What’s included?

  • Access to Waddesdon’s grounds and gardens, including our Woodland Playground
  • An allocated time slot for house entry, if required
  • A coach/minibus parking space
  • Two teacher planning tickets
  • Option to book self-led trails

What’s not included?

  • Workshops- these can be booked at an additional cost
  • Indoor lunch space or bag cloakroom
School education room at Waddesdon


Our education room can be used as part of a booked session and in bad weather. An outside lunch area is available with tables and benches. Other facilities include our Woodland Playground, coach parking and pre-bookable souvenir goody bags.


How do I book?

How many children can you accommodate?

When can we visit?

How long do your workshops last?

Can we eat our lunch indoors?

Where can we park our coach?

What is your cancellation policy?

Can you cancel our visit?

How accessible are you?

Can you provide a risk assessment?

How many adults do I need to bring?