Accessibility at Waddesdon
We have produced a short introductory film with the organisation DisabledGo to help with the planning of a visit to Waddesdon.
We have designated car parking areas near to the fountain by the front of the House for visitors with mobility requirements, and we can also arrange for drop-off closer to the House if required. After your arrival at the entrance kiosks, please do let a member of our car parking team know if you require parking closer to the House, or the drop-off facility, and they will be happy to assist.
If you are planning to visit the Stables and the Plant Centre, we do offer disabled parking spaces at each site, and you can park at the rear of the Stables buildings and directly in front of the Plant Centre.
Land Train Service
We do offer a land train service to assist visitors travelling between the Manor, the Stables and the Plant Centre. The land train is a 28 seat trailer attached to a Land Rover, and driven by a team of volunteer drivers. The trailer is suitable for any visitors who are able to transfer into a seat, and a portable step is available for those who require assistance. For any visitors who uses wheelchairs or other equipment, our drivers can store any equipment which collapses down in the back seats of the Land Rover.
The Land train drives a loop between the three sites, and will pick up visitors from each site approximately every 20 minutes.
Most parts of the garden are accessible. There are gravelled areas immediately in front of the House, on the parterre, and also around the Aviary and steep and uneven paths on the way to the Stables and through the Tulip Patch. We have a map showing suitable routes for the less able-bodied or wheelchair users, please request this from our Ticketing and Membership Kiosk by the House.
We have 3 wheelchairs which are available on a first-come, first-served basis, which can be used within the Gardens. These wheelchairs are located outside the Ticketing and Membership Kiosk.
We have 4 wheelchairs which are available on a first-come, first-served basis, to be used within the House. These wheelchairs are located in the main entrance of the House, for timed entry ticket holders.
Most areas of the House are accessible to wheelchair users. However, there is limited access to the Prints and Drawings Rooms, and Wine Cellars. If possible, please let us know in advance of your visit if you wish to see these areas, by calling us on 01296 653226, 10am-3pm, Mon-Fri to make prior arrangements.
Please note that access to the Prints and Drawings Rooms involves the use of a stairlift which does not accommodate wheelchairs.
If possible, we request that any wheelchair users transfer into one of our House wheelchairs upon arrival at the House entrance. However, if this is not possible, you are welcome to use your own wheelchair, and we can advise if it can be accommodated within our historic lift which services the first floor.
If you use a walking frame, you are welcome to use this within the House.
Please note, due to safety reasons, we can only allow 2 wheelchairs on any floor at the same time and therefore on busy days there may be some waiting time during your visit.
We have an accessible toilet in the House, and this is accessed via the tunnel to the basement level, by the Manor Shop Courtyard. There is an accessible toilet in The Stables Courtyard, adjacent to the ladies' toilet, and there is also an accessible toilet at The Plant Centre.
Large type information
Some of the rooms have large type information booklets available.
House Tour Handset
House tour handsets are available to hire at the House main entrance for £3.00. Offering an informative and detailed tour of the House, they feature information on the history of the Manor, items in the Collection and video explanations from our team of Curators. Also available in French and Mandarin translations.
We have a limited number of portable induction loops to fit the visitors handset for those who use the T loop.
House tour handset app
The Handset Tour can also be downloaded in advance of your visit as an app, from the Itunes store, select the 'view in Itunes' button and then download the app. Available for £2.99 you can then take the Tour using your own mobile handset, and this can be used for repeat visits as well.
There is a full written transcript of the House Tour Handset available to use free of charge upon request.
Assistance dogs are welcome in both the House and Gardens.
We are very happy to help you plan your visit. If there is anything we can do to assist in any way, please call us 01296 653226, 10am-3pm, Mon-Fri, or email firstname.lastname@example.org