Places to Visit in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Photography by Barry Keen
Waddesdon Manor was built (1874-89), in the style of a 16th century French ch‚teau, for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to entertain his guests and display his vast collection of art treasures. It houses one of the finest collections of French 18th century decorative arts in the world. The furniture, Savonnerie carpets, and SŤvres porcelain rank in importance with the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Louvre in Paris. There is also a fine collection of portraits by Gainsborough and Reynolds and works by Dutch and Flemish Masters of the 17th century.
The Bachelorsí Wing is part of the House used exclusively by Baron Ferdinandís male friends visiting without their wives. The style of the rooms, and the collections within, are noticeably different to that found elsewhere in the House, and the Wine Cellars house thousands of bottles of Rothschild wines, some dating back to 1869.
Waddesdon has one of the finest Victorian gardens in Britain, featuring a parterre, seasonal displays, fountains and statuary. At its heart lies the Aviary stocked with species there were once part of Baron Ferdinandís collection.
For children an exciting woodland playground winds through an adventurous trail clearly marked for the age groups it is suitable for and including a space dedicated for the younger ones.
There is a gift shop, wine shop with a full selection of Rothschild wines and two licensed restaurants. A full programme of events is organised throughout the year including special interest days, wine tastings and family days.
Photography by John Bigelow Taylor
With Disabled Access: Yes
Historic House, Gardens, Restaurants, Plant Centre and Woodland Playground, Picnic Area, Car Park, Private Group Tours, Film location. Aviary, Parterre
Weddings and Conferences
Waddesdon Manor is the perfect place to hold your special day. We have two venues for you to choose from, The Dairy based in the grounds of Waddesdon Manor and The Five Arrows, located just off the High Street of the village of Waddesdon. Limited wedding availability for 2015 - we are delighted to offer a 50% reduction on the facility fee for the limited dates we have available at The Dairy at Waddesdon Manor. Please contact us for further details. Licensed for civil weddings and receptions up to 200.
Best local Pubs/Inns
The Five Arrows, Waddesdon
Best local Hotels/Inns/B&B
The Five Arrows, Waddesdon
Please refer to our own website for opening times and admission prices.(There is a link under address at top of page)
National Trust members free of charge.
In case of alteration, please check prices, opening times and any specific important information before booking or visiting
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