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Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon

Categories: Gardens, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 1,800+ reviews on the web
You'll feel like you've stepped inside a French château surrounded by formal English gardens during your visit to Waddesdon Manor. As you stroll past classical statues and fountains in the formal outdoor gardens, listen to the chirping of colorful birds living in the historic aviary. Decorative pieces, gilded art, furniture, and masterpieces adorn the opulent interior of this Victorian manor. Pieces to look for include a writing desk commissioned for Marie Antoinette, the "Garden of Love" by Rubens, and "The Pink Boy" by Gainsborough. Prepare for crowds, especially during warm summer days and Christmas time. To save time, visit the website to purchase advance tickets. You can also download a free garden map to print or save to your smartphone. Children are welcome to play at the woodland playground and enjoy special children's activities. You can shop in the wine cellars and boutiques, and dine or have tea at one of the on-site restaurants. From January to March, the house is closed but the gardens are open on the weekends. A visit to Waddesdon Manor represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Aylesbury family vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • What a treat to be able to visit this extraordinary house. It is beautiful both on the outside and the inside The rooms are beautifully decorated and has some of the best furniture I have ever seen 
  • Wow...what a house and Estate. Plenty of car parking with shuttle buses to the Manor every 10mins. The house must surely be the best of all the National Trust properties on the basis of all the very e...  read more »
  • This the impressive country house of the Rothchilds. Plenty of parking with frequent shuttle buses up to the house. Entry into the house is by timed ticket and is full of treasures, allow a good hour ...  read more »
  • New car park and bus shuttles to the manor help a lot. Excellent manor, great views and a lot of content, although it's a reminder of the vastly over opulent wealth of a few people at the expense of the starvation level peasants. Xmas is a great time for viewing the Bachelor wing, although it hardly changes from one year to the next. Recently they have got with it and are hosting more interesting food and sometimes music festivals in the grounds. During the winter, excellent light displays in the grounds attract hundreds of visitors.
  • Outstanding, there is no other way to describe this place. Thanks to Ferdinand who initially transformed this place all those years ago. Anywhere you see, there is something enchanting. The manor, fountains, aviary and the gardens are all a sight to behold. Ample parking space available close by. Credit cards accepted. Advance booking recommended for the house visit, specially during busy times.
  • I've only given it 3 stars because I didn't realise I had to book tickets in order to visit the inside of the house DOH!! Mrs F was not happy with my organisational skills! But saying that the grounds are stunning and the house does look amazing from the outside!
  • It's quite a place - visually stunning to the point of overpowering,. inside and out. Which was the whole point of the place from the beginning. Whether you think it's wonderful or vulgar is down to you. Probably both. This isn't a NT site that's been kept at the point where it was left by its owners, including old socks and newspapers. It's a show piece, and the best there is at that The gorgeous vistas are maintained by keeping the carpark remote, and the bus service is extremely efficient. There are all sorts of art installations popping up around the grounds, as well as most breathtaking aviary. Where it sadly falls down compared to other NT sites is the catering. There's an expensive restaurant needing booking in advance, a coffee stall round the side with crisps and some baguettes, or a cafe down the bottom in the stables. This could be quite nice, but on both times we've visited they've run out of their only hot food, the soup, a good few hour or so before closing. After a couple of hours of intensive wandering about and tutting over yet another extravagant snuff box made out of bees nostrils or something, then it would be nice to have something substantial sort that out, and it'll be 5 stars (if you like that sort of thing). Bring a picnic until then
  • A well run and impressive National Trust property. As well as the house and gardens to look around there is an aviary,converted stables to cafe and shop with children's play area and don't forget to look around the wine cellar. Well done National Trust ☺
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