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Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

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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. For Waddesdon Manor and beyond, use our Aylesbury trip maker tool to get the most from your Aylesbury vacation.
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  • For a friends birthday I booked a private wine tasting at Waddesdon Manor, we were lucky enough to have the amazing Andy Bloomer talk us through some wonderful wines, the tasting was excellent too.....  more
    For a friends birthday I booked a private wine tasting at Waddesdon Manor, we were lucky enough to have the amazing Andy Bloomer talk us through some wonderful wines, the tasting was excellent too.....  more »
  • A last minute decision to visit. The website said pre-booking was essential but I visited without needing to and there was no queue. You can get a ticket for just the grounds / garden, or also one... 
    A last minute decision to visit. The website said pre-booking was essential but I visited without needing to and there was no queue. You can get a ticket for just the grounds / garden, or also one...  more »
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  • Waddesdon is an extravagant property with furniture and art work to match. It was fascinating to see how the seriously rich lived in Victorian times. Every room has unique items and is worth a visit. All volunteer guides had interesting facts about the Manor. The large grounds are wonderful to explore. The car park is a 20 minute uphill walk from the house but a shuttle bus at £2 each, even for NT members, is available.
  • Beautiful house, beautiful grounds, knowledgeable staff. Not 5 stars though - solely because the restaurant is the biggest rip off I've ever experienced. Most there were having the formal afternoon tea, and very nice it looked too at £25 a head. We took the option of savouries and tea for two. The savouries were excellent and not too expensive at £7 each. My wife had a fishy one, I had a lamb one. But the tea. Good grief. One ‘large’ pot of tea each, allegedly 2 cups in each pot, but did not contain two full tea cups. Cost just for the tea was £14. What a rip-off. I queried it at the till. £3.50 for a tea, and we had 4 portions so it's £14. The response from the owner, below is a surprise - seems not to know they serve tea and savouries!!!

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