Over a century ago, the House and setting were created to delight and surprise the small circle of Baron Ferdinand's friends. 

Today, more than 350,000 visitors a year come to appreciate the exceptional architecture, art collections and Gardens.

Watch a short film about the history of Waddesdon here

House exhibitions

Every year we have new exhibitions in the House, each highlighting certain aspects of the collection or loans we have acquired.

Collection events

Join one of our events, hear from the curators about their work here at Waddesdon or take part in behind the scenes tours.

Running the House

The House rules have been followed by housekeepers for centuries, find out about how we run the House both then and now .

Explore the House

The smoking room fireplace, with dark red sofas either side, ornate panelling glass vases and ornaments displayed on the mantelpiece.  Waddesdon Manor, Bucks The Morning Room, with savonnerie carpets, ornate gilded chairs, a stone fireplace, large chandlier and fine art paintings on the walls.  Waddesdon Manor, Bucks

Ground floor
Used for the entertainment of Baron Ferdinand's house guests.

First floor
Eight bedroom suites and eight small bedrooms for visiting ladies' maids used to be on this floor.

Second floor
On this floor you can see our special exhibition rooms, with a large collection of drawings, books, board games and textiles.

Bachelors' wing
This wing of the House was used by visiting male guests.  

The Rothschilds
One of the richest and most powerful European families of the 19th century - learn more about the family as collectors.






History of the House

Waddesdon Manor post 1889 in Centenary album. ©The National Trust, Waddesdon Manor, Bucks.

When Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild bought the Waddesdon estate it was only farmland- find out how he built this magnificent house you can visit today. Discover how the house was used then, and how it evolved to what we know today.  


Wine Cellars

The Wine Cellars where over 10,000 bottles are stored.  ©National Trust, Waddesdon Manor.

Restored in 1994, over 10,000 bottles of wine are stored within the vaults. Documenting 150 years of the Rothschild family’s ownership of two of the most famous Bordeaux vineyards: Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Mouton Rothschild.

Open weekends 10-5pm from 9 Jan to 20 Mar 2016, included in your Garden's ticket.