Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon

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You'll feel like you've stepped inside a French ch√Ęteau 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. For Waddesdon Manor and beyond, use our Aylesbury trip maker tool to get the most from your Aylesbury vacation.
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  • The grounds at waddesdon manor were absolutely amazing, such immaculate gardens carefully looked after, the kids truly loved the aviary, it was such a beautiful place, by the the best NationalTrust pl...  more »
  • Greeted at the desk by the most friendliest of ladies, so nice Got on the beautiful well kept and clean buses This place is remarkably clean and well kept Beautiful grounds and play area Next time wil...  more »
  • We've visited Waddesdon Manor on several occasions, but not for a couple of years. We had my inlaws visiting and we wanted to take them as a treat. It's one of those National Trust properties that can...  more »
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  • I often take the dog up to Waddesdon - grounds are beautiful and the house itself is breathtaking - I have been many times as I am lucky enough to live locally and it never fails to impress. They have now allowed dogs around the house (not in specified areas) and it is lovely to have a stroll and a coffee and just sit. Staff are always friendly and seem proud to work there which is really refreshing. The playground for the children is on different levels and as there are a few places to sit and have a snack you can choose to sit near the play area or up at the house if you are kiddie free and want a bit of peace! When it is fine weather there are many grassy areas to sit, as well as ample benches around the grounds, and have a picnic, and the kids can run around happily - cant recommend highly enough!
  • Lovely house with lots of things to see. Make sure you checkout the elephant clock, the workmanship is unbelievable! The gardens are also exceptional. There is ample parking with dedicated spaces for disabled and mother and child. Once you have parked you can either hop on one of the free buses that will take you to the house. Or walk up to the house through the grounds. There are toilets and baby changing facilities at the carpark where you check in. As well as at the house and restaurant locations.
  • Exceptional manor built with French influences of the Rothschild family. We parked in their car park where there was a free bus shuttle to take you outside of the manor. Outside were well laid lawns and gardens, with some modern art thrown into the mix plus an aviary with a small collection of unusual species. Inside the manor, some really beautiful pieces of furniture, clocks and vases. It certainly has the 'wow factor', but don't just look at the big things, some of the smaller pieces were extraordinary. Photography was allowed in the manor but no flash photography (nice touch, not many stately homes allow you to do that). Overall, it's definitely worth spending a whole day there.
  • Had a great day out at Waddesdon Manor. The house itself is fascinating, the exhibits inside matching the grandeur of the external architecture. The guides are knowledgeable and friendly, and happy to answer any questions. The surrounding gardens are lovely, with the rose garden a particular highlight. Also look out for the aviary. Plenty of places to eat around the grounds, and I'd highly recommend the ice cream shop at the stables. Lots of parking available, from which you can choose to walk or take a quick bus ride to the main grounds. Overall one of the most impressive National Trust properties I have visited.
  • Best National Trust venue so far. So much to taken in. Breathtaking grounds. Stunning house tour. Beautiful rose garden. Amazing period architecture. And a wonderful gift shop.
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