House

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

Today, more than 300,000 visitors a year come to Waddesdon to appreciate the exceptional architecture, art collections and gardens.

Opening times

Discover Waddesdon’s trinkets and treasures of the House, Gardens and Wine Cellars.

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

Learn how the House is put to bed at the end of the year, or discover more about the works of art. Join one of our Collection events.

What's on each floor?

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
This floor was used primarily for the entertainment of Baron Ferdinand's house guests. Don't miss the dining room with its stunning dinner setting display.

First floor
Eight bedroom suites and eight small bedrooms for visiting ladies' maids used to be on this floor. Now some of the rooms have been made into exhibition spaces. 

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

Bachelors' wing
This wing of the House was used by visiting male guests.  It has a Billiard Room with its original table, Smoking Room full of trinkets and treasures and eight bedrooms. 

 

 

 

 

 

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 bottle 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.