Gardens

We've autumnal walks in the grounds suitable for most abilities or just come and enjoy a relaxed lunch at the Stables Café or afternoon tea in the Manor Restaurant. The leaves on the trees are starting to turn golden colours as the season changes.

Steeped in history, each part of the Gardens tell a different story find out on our History of the Gardens page or watch a short film to find out about our historic Aviary here.

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 sitting on a pile of autumnal leaves  ©National Trust Photo Library Close up detail of carpet bedding ©National Trust, Waddesdon Manor. Photo: Stuart Bebb

September:
The bedding will still be looking good, especially in Tropical Mound and the Bachelors' Wing. Autumn crocus will start to be in flower below the Parterre, and the trees in the garden will be changing colour, with conkers beginning to fall.

October:
Our bedding changeover begins, we'll pull out the summer plants and put in spring bulbs and flowering plants. The leaves on the trees will have changed to magnificent golden hues.

November and December
The garden goes into hibernation for the winter, but you can still see colorful cornus and winter flowering shrubs in the Winter Garden on the way to Tay Bridge. Variegated hollies and evergreen shrubs give depth to other areas. Christmas trees and lights bring an end to the year.

Garden events

The Rose garden at Waddesdon Manor.

We hold some great garden events here at Waddesdon, from hands on activities to talks and presentations.  Search our event calendar by putting 'house and garden' as the search term.

Community programme

A family enjoying an autumnal picnic in the grounds at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

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

Find out how to apply.