Waddesdon Manor

Wander around the pleasure grounds and enjoy the fountains, statuary, aviary with rare and exotic birds, the rose garden, the magnificent parterre and the woodland walks.

The Parterre was restored in 1994 to designs by Beth Rothschild. Usually planted with over 19,000 bedding plants – the Victorian craze – but during COVID, the gardeners have ‘cut back the wallflowers and let the bulbs die back naturally’. It has a beauty of its own.

Walk along the avenue towards the North Fountain and keeping the Pulham Rockery on your left, turn west to the pleasure grounds.

Like many other Rothschilds, Ferdinand loved birds and built the Aviary in time for the visit of the Shah of Persia in 1889. Built by an English builder, its design was based on the French pavilions at Versailles and Chantilly. The Aviary houses one of the many statues at Waddesdon – here Minerva lies on a bed of tufa, attended by her tritons.

Don’t miss the Pump House which has the history of the garden, the magnificent machine for generating electricity and a video of the wine cellar at Waddesdon. Amongst other wines, Waddesdon houses 13,700 bottles of Chateau Lafite.

The house and gardens are not open every day of the week.

National Trust members visit for free.

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Address: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH View map Phone: 01296 820414 Length of visit: 2-3 hours
Dogs - some areas: Yes
Cafe: Yes
Car park: Yes
House open: Yes
House open - occasionally: No
Family friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Wheelchair - partly: Yes

For information on opening times and to buy tickets: Click here

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