Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor
Waddesdon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH
  • Telephone 1296 820414
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  • Website waddesdon.org.uk
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Waddesdon Manor was built between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, and was bequeathed to the National Trust by his great-nephew James. The Rothschild family still administers the house on behalf of the Trust. The Renaissance-styled building in fact has an innovative steel frame and was equipped from the beginning with then-cutting edge technology such as electric lighting; Queen Victoria is said to have spent an entranced ten minutes turning one of the chandeliers on and off.

The Manor hosts regular events and is one of the National Trust's most visited properties. Important guests have included Churchill and Henry James, and the collection of art and curios, including a jaw-dropping musical elephant, is remarkable.

Events at this venue

There are 13 events at this location

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Christmas at Waddesdon

The Waddesdon country house opens up for the festive period with light shows, gingerbread houses, a Christmas fair and their Wigwam cafe and Manor restaurant.

Sat 11 Nov

£5–£25 (Children £2.50–£12.50; Family £12.50–£62.50) / 01296 820414

  • 11:00 – 18:30

Sun 12 Nov

£5–£25 (Children £2.50–£12.50; Family £12.50–£62.50) / 01296 820414

  • 11:00 – 18:30

Wed 15 Nov

£5–£25 (Children £2.50–£12.50; Family £12.50–£62.50) / 01296 820414

  • 11:00 – 18:30
…and 34 more dates until 31 Dec

Christmas at Waddesdon - Enchanted Menagerie

This year's Christmas decorations celebrate the weird and wonderful animals of Waddesdon. See an elephant parade inspired by an 18th-century musical automaton to a life-sized zebra and trees decked with birds and mythical beasts. While Waddesdon's main rooms are 'put to bed' for cleaning and conservation, parts of the…

Sat 11 Nov

£25 (Children £12.50; £65; £5) / 1296 820414

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Sun 12 Nov

£25 (Children £12.50; £65; £5) / 1296 820414

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Wed 15 Nov

£25 (Children £12.50; £65; £5) / 1296 820414

  • 11:00 – 18:00
…and 35 more dates until 2 Jan 2018

Creatures and Creations: Art by Platon H and Designs by Mary Katrantzou inspired by Rothschild species

Work from Platon H and Mary Katrantzou, inspired by Walter Rothschild's spectacular collection of natural history.

Tue 26 Sep

£10 (Children £5; Family £25) / 1296 820414

  • 11:00

Wed 27 Sep

£10 (Children £5; Family £25) / 1296 820414

  • 11:00

Thu 28 Sep

£10 (Children £5; Family £25) / 1296 820414

  • 11:00
…and 31 more dates until 29 Oct

Electric Menagerie

Light-based artworks from the American artist Lauren Booth.

Sat 11 Nov

£10 / 1296 820414

  • 11:30 – 18:30

Sun 12 Nov

£10 / 1296 820414

  • 11:30 – 18:30

Wed 15 Nov

£10 / 1296 820414

  • 11:30 – 18:30
…and 34 more dates until 31 Dec

Glorious Years: French Calendars from Louis XIV to the Revolution

Calendars from 17th and 18th century France.

Wed 27 Sep

Included in house and grounds admission / 1296 820414

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Thu 28 Sep

Included in house and grounds admission / 1296 820414

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Fri 29 Sep

Included in house and grounds admission / 1296 820414

  • 12:00 – 16:00
…and 22 more dates until 29 Oct

Glorious Years: French Calendars From Louis Xiv To The Revolution

A celebration of the power of the printed image before photography with rare prints, bound pocketbook almanacs and other pieces.

Wed 27 Sep

£18 (Children £9; £40.50) / 1296 820414

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Thu 28 Sep

£18 (Children £9; £40.50) / 1296 820414

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Fri 29 Sep

£18 (Children £9; £40.50) / 1296 820414

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 22 more dates until 29 Oct

Horrible Halloween

Special Halloween activities for the kids at Waddesdon.

Sat 21 Oct

Free / 1296 820414

Sun 22 Oct

Free / 1296 820414

Mon 23 Oct

Free / 1296 820414

…and 6 more dates until 29 Oct

Power & Portraiture: Painting at the Court of Elizabeth I

A display about fashion in the court of Elizabeth I.

Wed 27 Sep

Included in house & grounds admission / 1296 820414

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Thu 28 Sep

Included in house & grounds admission / 1296 820414

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Fri 29 Sep

Included in house & grounds admission / 1296 820414

  • 12:00 – 16:00
…and 22 more dates until 29 Oct

Power & Portraiture: Painting At The Court Of Elizabeth I

A special display exploring how Elizabeth I and her courtiers used portraits to fashion their public image and promote themselves in a glamorous, dangerous world. Two spectacular panel paintings have been newly attributed to Nicholas Hilliard, better known for his miniatures, accompanied by loans from the Royal Collection…

Tue 26 Sep

£20 (Children £10; £45) / 1296 820414

  • 12:00

Wed 27 Sep

£20 (Children £10; £45) / 1296 820414

  • 12:00

Thu 28 Sep

£20 (Children £10; £45) / 1296 820414

  • 12:00
…and 31 more dates until 29 Oct

Riches of the Earth

An exploration of items celebrating the wealth of the Earth.

Wed 27 Sep

Included in house and grounds admission / 1296 820414

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Thu 28 Sep

Included in house and grounds admission / 1296 820414

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Fri 29 Sep

Included in house and grounds admission / 1296 820414

  • 12:00 – 16:00
…and 22 more dates until 29 Oct

Step This Way: The Red Drawing Room Opened Up

Visit surroundings designed by Baron Ferdinand.

Wed 27 Sep

Free With house and grounds admission / 1296 820414

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Thu 28 Sep

Free With house and grounds admission / 1296 820414

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Fri 29 Sep

Free With house and grounds admission / 1296 820414

  • 12:00 – 16:00
…and 22 more dates until 29 Oct

Tales From The Archive

An archive exhibition showing objects and artefacts relating to people who had been to the house, including a visitors' book signed by Churchill and Henry James.

Wed 27 Sep

Included in house and grounds admission / 1296 820414

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Thu 28 Sep

Included in house and grounds admission / 1296 820414

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Fri 29 Sep

Included in house and grounds admission / 1296 820414

  • 12:00 – 16:00
…and 22 more dates until 29 Oct

Waddesdon Imaginarium

An installation created through video projection mapping.

Sat 11 Nov

£10 / 1296 820414

  • 16:30 – 18:00

Sun 12 Nov

£10 / 1296 820414

  • 16:30 – 18:00

Wed 15 Nov

£10 / 1296 820414

  • 16:30 – 18:00
…and 34 more dates until 31 Dec

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