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Review of Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Waddesdon
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Surrounded by views of Oxfordshire, the Chilterns Hills, the Vale of Aylesbury and just a train ride away from London, Waddesdon Manor, is an ideal place for relaxing with family and friends. Explore this French Renaissance-style chateau built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1874 to entertain the fashionable world and to house his collection of fine art. We are continuing the tradition today of entertainment and hospitality with events celebrating food and wine, and opportunities for you to explore our history, collections and gardens through changing exhibitions and special interest days. Historic aviary with zoological collection of endangered birds. Changing opening hours across the seasons - please check on website before you travel. Jan-Mar, Sat-Sun only 11am-4pm Apr-Oct, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm Nov-Dec, Wed-Sun 11am-6pm.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Lockers / storage
Reviewed November 30, 2013

We were lucky to visit Waddesdon whilst there was a light exhibition by Bruce Munro - not usually a fan of this sort of thing, but the river of lights (6,500 bulbs) was stunning, and the other installations were a lovely surprise - I'm so glad we stayed long enough to see it. The house itself is spectacular - especially when you think this was just a weekend cottage! Most of the house was closed for the winter so what we saw was I think just the east wing. Every room had a beautifully decorated christmas tree and the whole tour was most enjoyable. One of the first things we saw was a beautiful clockwork elephant (automaton) crafted in the 1700s - it is absolutely stunning .The gift shop is not packed with the usual "Gift from..." rubbish, but contains some lovely items which are actually worth having. Make sure you visit the stable - set with tables and chairs in the courtyard, where the chairs are covered with clean sheepskins so your bottom doesn't get cold - a lovely touch, and you can relax with a hot chocolate with Baileys in the winter. There is also a delightful Christmas exhibition - predominantly for the children but equally charming for the young at heart. And make time to watch the video presentation at the Power House where you can see film of the stunning clockwork elephant working. And don't miss the wine vault. Oh, and the aviary is a must see too. In fact, don't take my word for it - just go! We have already decided to make a return trip in the summer to see the rest of the house and the stunning gardens in bloom.

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

A lovely place to visit at all times, especially as it is local for us. The gardens are superb, and in the summer it is a lovely place to picnic.

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

The house was amazing, well worth the tour around. The grounds offer a beautiful backdrop, The avery houses some beautiful birds if you can spot them...

Thank shellbrown1965
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

You will be hard pushed to find another place so impressive Rothchild mansion beautifully restored with amazing treasures .Do try to go around Christmas time when the house is so wonderfully decorated .
Plenty of places to eat and extensive grounds for sitting out in nice weather definitely not somewhere to be missed

Thank David F
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

not the best National Trust property as it is very spread out - lovely - but with little sign posting once you are out of the centre so very easy not to find what you want.
Car parking is a nightmare - be prepared for some VERY steep hills to even get to the centre

Thank chrissieche
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WaddesdonManor, General Manager at Waddesdon Manor, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2017

Dear cjwatts29,

Thank you for your recent review. Since your last visit, we have opened the first phase of our visitor car park, with a “park and ride” courtesy shuttle bus service, so walking up hills to reach the Manor is now a thing of the past. We will also be reviewing our signposting for next season, to ensure that all visitors have the opportunity to visit as much of the Waddesdon buildings and gardens during their visit as possible.

Thank you for your feedback.

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