Waddesdon Manor

First opened to the public in 1959, Waddesdon Manor is a beautiful French Renaissance château, built in the 19th century, and filled with royal treasures.

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Rothschild Legacy


The moment Ferdinand de Rothschild secured his inheritance in 1974, he secured his chosen piece of land in Buckinghamshire and the design and building work began on the stunning Waddesdon Manor.

The evidence of Ferdinand’s love of all things French is clear at every turn. His collection of stunning 18th century French china and decorative arts, including Marie Antoinette’s writing desk, is second to none. When the dining room is set for a luncheon party of 24 guests, one could be forgiven for believing that you’re in a room in Versailles.

Every member of the Rothschild family has made their mark on the Waddesdon estate that we see today, from Alice’s love of armoury and gardens to James and Dorothy’s passion for horses and golf. The result is an incredible collection of antiquities in the house and fascinating grounds and gardens.


Visiting Waddesdon

Waddesdon is now managed by the Rothschild Trust in conjunction with the National Trust, resulting in a rather special experience for visitors. You will enjoy fine cuisine, both for lunch and afternoon tea, in the Manor Restaurant, accompanied by a selection of Rothschild wines.

Those who love Waddesdon believe that you could invest at least 3 days to fully appreciate the house and grounds, and there is a huge amount to see. A wine experience can take a day, including an expert tasting in the cellars, but you can choose the visit to suit your preferences. We do recommend at least a day to enable you to immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the family and the house, it is rare to find such a collection in one house.
If you choose to spend more time, the Five Arrows Hotel in the village adjacent to the estate, is a lovely boutique hotel with just 16 bedrooms and the perfect location from which to explore Waddesdon.