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Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon
(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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  • As first timers to Waddeston Manor, we found ourselves overwhelmed by the beauty of it, both inside and out. The grounds are prolific and extremely well maintained and the house itself was simply gorg...  more »
  • Well organised, from the huge car park with bus to the Castle, friendly staff. We saw Christmas decorated rooms. However, only some of them, the rest was not accessible (because not decorated?). A total of dark (due to the decoration?). That was for £25 per person too little. The setting is perfect views over the landscape from here. So life was.
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  • Visited Waddesdon for their Christmas displays. Absolutely gorgeous. A slight hiccup with the website meant that we arrived too early as the restaurant was still supposed to be open at 10 for breakfas...  more »
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  • Waddesdon is always a great place to visit; when it is dressed for Christmas, as at present, it is stunning. Congratulations to Lord Rothschild and the National Trust who have brought together artists and volunteers to create a wonderful visual experience. Don't miss it!
  • Stunning house and grounds, probably one of the most impressive sites in National Trust's portfolio. Be warned the house entrance is timed and needs to be booked in advance. Also the car park is a fair distance away from the buildings and is serviced by a shuttle bus. I'd advise parking at least 40min before house entrance time.
  • Nice place to visit especially towards Xmas to get you in the spirit. Parking very well organised and you get a shuttle bus up to the house, if you need disabled parking it has plenty and a special bus is laid on for this to allow you to get to the ground not sure about the house though so would call ahead to avoid disappointment. Only real gripe was the time it takes the staff to make coffee etc which is outside the exit to the shop, long queue and slow machine even with two staff on duty you can walk round the house quicker.
  • 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.
  • 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.