The weather has turned slightly cooler, and the trees are beginning to change to autumnal colours, but the parterre's summer display is still looking beautiful so it's a perfect time to come and enjoy the Gardens.  Warm yourself with a freshly made hot chocolate from our coffee bar as you enjoy a leisurely walk around.

Steeped in history, each part of the Gardens tell a different story find out on our History of the Gardens page.

Explore the Gardens

Our landscaped grounds with sculptures and fountains are waiting for you to explore, find out which area of the Gardens to discover first.

For Families

Our natural Woodland Playground is a magical place winding through trees and suitable for all ages.

The Aviary

Our beautiful Rocco style working Aviary is home to some stunning exotic birds as well as extensive conservation work.

Seasons in the Garden

A hedgehog wandering through the autumn leaves.  ©National Trust Photo Library, Photo: Gary K Smith The Parterre.  National Trust, Waddesdon Manor.  Photo: Stuart Bebb

The bedding should be looking particulary good in Tropical Mound.  Autumn crocus, Colchicum speciosum 'Album' will be in flower below the Parterre.  In late September the trees will start to turn a beautiful golden colour and conkers will begin to fall.

This is the month we change over the bedding.  We pull out summer plants and plant our bulbs and spring flowering plants.  The leaves on all the trees will have changed colour to magnificent golden hues.

November and December:
The garden starts to go into hibernation for the winter.  Visit the Winter Garden on the way to Tay Bridge to see the colour of cornus together with a variety of winter flowering shrubs.  The variegated hollies and evergreen shrubs round the garden give it depth in the winter.  Christmas trees and light sculptures end the year.

The Wider Estate

Estate sheep standing in a field with a view of Waddesdon Manor in the background.

Waddesdon was purchased in 1874 and is surrounded by a privately owned Estate.  Generations of the Rothschild family have all made their mark on the landscape and the Manor, from Baron Ferdinand and Miss Alice's planting and landscaping, to the present Lord Rothschild's Millenium Avenue of trees linking the Manor with Upper Winchendon, and the planting of Diamond Jubilee Wood.

Community programme

Father and daughter enjoying a walk through our woodland walk.  © and Photo: Kathryn Hobbs

As part of our community programme we issue a free season ticket to all households in the Waddesdon parish, this admits two adults and upto four children into the Gardens for free.

Find out how to apply.

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