I must admit living in England has its benefits. Even though you don’t get the best weather you have some of the most scenic countryside and Royal estates at your doorstep. One such jewel is Waddesdon Manor – Day trip from London. 

A magnificent country home and Estate surrounded by the Oxfordshire countryside and the Chilterns Hills.

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Waddesdon Manor - Day trip from London.
Waddesdon Manor – Day trip from London.

 

About Waddesdon Manor 

Waddesdon Manor is part of the National Trust an independent charity and membership organisation. 

The National Trust is your passport to some of the best kept secrets in the UK. It works to preserve and protect historic places and spaces forever, for everyone.

Waddesdon is a short train ride from the capital and can be enjoyed on a day trip from London. It is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the English countryside. 

Waddesdon Manor and gardens are owned by the National Trust following James de Rothschild’s death in 1957. The Rothschild Foundation (a charitable trust) now manage the property.

Being part of the National Trust property, means members can enjoy the benefits that come with the membership.

 

Waddesdon Manor
Waddesdon Manor view from entrance.

 

 

How to get to Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor is easily accessible by both public and private transport. If you are getting here by public transport trains run direct to Aylesbury and Aylesbury Vale Parkway from London Marylebone.

There are free shuttle buses in the summer from Aylesbury Vale Parkway station to Waddesdon Manor or else you can take a cab. By car it is just under 2 hour drive from London.

Enter the following post code on your Sat Nav HP18 0JH. You reach the central parking area where you can hop on to a coach which transports you around to the various parts of the Estate.

Waddesdon is quite close to the Bicester Village Shopping Outlet so if you are a shopaholic then you can always make a quick stop and get some great bargains.

 

 

About Waddesdon

Waddesdon Manor is a country house designed like a French Chateau in the village of Waddesdon, in Buckinghamshire. It was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1874 to entertain some of his guests from around the world and house his collection of fine art.

It houses a large collection of art from the eighteenth century around the French revolution and is a great place to visit if you are an art lover.

One of the most precious collection outside of France which includes the Tableaux de la Révolution, a series of art work which portray key moments of the French revolution.

The collection also includes paintings that show the storming of the Bastille and the executions of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.

 

Inside Waddesdon Manor
Interior of Waddesdon Manor

 

Things to See in Waddesdon Manor

The Manor was opened to the public in 1957 and is managed by The Rothschild Foundation, a family charitable trust, on behalf of the National Trust.

The Manor is now visited by over 350,000 guests every year. Visitors come here to admire the precious art collection or simply enjoy the beautiful gardens of the Estate.

The main attractions of Waddesdon Manor is the collection of the 18th century French paintings and decorative art pieces.

 

 

The Manor has also created a digital version of the art which is available free for academics and wider public to view from anywhere in the world.

The Manor has been visited by some of the most influential and popular celebrities and heads of state including the Monarchy. There are various trees planted around the estate by these visitors and there is an impressive display showcasing them do this. 

 

 

 

If you are not a massive Art lover then you can enjoy the painstakingly restored Victorian gardens that go all around the house. There are 2 beautiful fountains at each end of the manor house which are picture perfect and a great shot for any photographer.

 

Waddesdon Manor garden
Waddesdon Manor garden

If that was not enough there is a large aviary just behind the manor house which houses some exotic birds in the surrounded by well-manicured gardens and a fountain in the middle of the aviary.

You can easily spend the day wandering around the manicured gardens of Waddesdon Manor. The gardens act as the perfect backdrop to the manor house whilst the kids can enjoy the playground.

There is something for everyone in at Waddesdon Manor. If you love your wine there is no better place than the Wine Cellars.

 

The Wine Cellars.

The Wine Cellars were built in 1994 to celebrate the Rothschild’s families association with with some of the finest wines in the world.

The cellar houses more than 10,000 bottles in the vaults. There are documents for over 150 years of the family’s ownership of two of the most famous Bordeaux vineyards, Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Lafite Rothschild.

You can sample a few wines in the shop or take home some of the best bottled specially for the manor shop.

 

 

The Silent Space

Originally designed as a pleasure ground for guests that were staying at the Manor, the gardens have a few areas that provide moments of calm.

There is a Silent Space that can be found just beyond the Aviary. The perfect place to relax and soak in the very impressive natural beauty around you.

Amidst all the flora and fauna you can always hear the chirping of the birds and see some of them fly over you showing off their colourful wings. 

 

 

Eat and Drink in Waddesdon Manor

After walking around the house and gardens head to the formal dining facility at the Manor house or the more relaxed ambience of the café /restaurant at the Stables.

Set within the Old Servants’ Hall the Manor Restaurant offers a full menu with options for breakfast, lunches, and the traditional British afternoon teas.

You can always grab a quick bite to eat from the cafe or sample some homemade cakes and ice creams from the restaurant and food-to-go outlets.

 

Restaurant - Waddesdon Manor
Quick bite at Waddesdon Manor

 

Experience at Waddesdon Manor – Day trip from London.

Whether you want to marvel at the impressive art collection in the Manor or simply enjoy the immaculately laid Victorian gardens Waddesdon has something for everyone. 

On a sunny day you could not ask for a more beautiful surrounding and a fun day out with the family.

 

Waddesdon Manor - Day trip from London.
Waddesdon Manor garden.

If you are looking for a day out with the family or just by yourself I could not think of a better place than the Waddesdon Manor and its immaculate landscaped gardens. 

If you enjoyed Waddesdon Manor – Day trip from London you could also try visiting Shere – The Perfect English Village and  Longleat Safari Park. 

 

 

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39 COMMENTS

  1. Waddesdon Manor looks like a perfect day trip. I’m a big wine fan, so I’d be heading straight to that wine cellar! It’s good there are places to eat and drink on the premises too. I’ve not yet made the trip here, but will be sure to visit in the future. Thank you for this England inspiration.

  2. What a gem and I’m ashamed to say that I’d never heard of it. That’s despite being a National Trust member on and off for years. I really must pay more attention to the book. I usually head straight for the gardens when I visit one of these houses as they’re always so beautiful. I’ll definitely be looking for the silent space.

    • I too missed out last 2 years being a National Trust member but then found the gem this year. Try and visit.

  3. This is beautiful! You learn something new, I had no idea about this place and its not too bad a drive from London. Adding it to my list of places to visit this summer.

  4. What a grand manor! I’m glad it is now open to the public so we can all appreciate the fine art collection, and it is great that they made online prints available for those that can’t make it there. The gardens look amazing and I would love to wander around getting fresh air and pretend to be transported back in time! Waddesdon Manor looks like a great day trip from London for culture and history lovers! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I need to design my own Silent Space like the Waddesdon Manor! What an exquisite experience and such beautiful grounds. I love that you can get a little history and a little wine all in one trip!

  6. I haven’t been to the UK yet, but I loved the detailed information you have given about this particular gem. Would love to check out all the art inside the manor and also spend good amount of time in the gardens. Wadesdon Manor is surely going to my UK itinerary. Thanks for the share.

  7. You are so lucky to live in England! I would love to see this manor in person one day. It reminds me of The Biltmore Estate here in the USA (North Carolina). I really like that there are places to eat on site so that you can stay and really spend some time enjoying the manor and the gardens.

    • Yes lucky to have quite a few of these dotted around the country. Hope you can visit it someday

  8. This is definately my kind of place. I love palaces and arts and Waddesdon Manor is absolutely magnificent. I loved the manicured gardens and the interiors. These scenic countryside’s and Royal estates are a great way to explore the other side of a destination. Thank you for introducing me to this beautiful place.

  9. Waddesdon Manor epitomizes everything I have imagined a traditional English country house to be. It is of course palatial and echoes the regal splendour of the times. Apart from the Victorian interiors what really appealed to me was the vast gardens that seem to have been maintained immaculately. Great place to spend a day with family.

  10. Waddesdon Manor looks like a perfect day trip! The Victorian interiors look absolutely lovely and the gardnes seem so soothing. I haven’t heard about this place before but after reading this, I would love to visit.

  11. The Waddesdon Manor looks so grand and beautiful. The green lawns, the beautiful interiors and the paintings are all so majestic. I am sure it is a great place to visit and spend a relaxing day. I am really interested to have a look at the 18th century paintings there.

  12. Such an incredibly beautiful building and it reminds of this one I saw in Ireland called Blarney House. I also love the gardens, they’re gorgeous and the wine cellars have to be a great place to explore. Oh the countryside in the UK is so amazing.

  13. We are planning our trip to UK and I had not included visiting Waddesdon manor. Your post inspires me to include a day trip there in our itinerary. Thanks! Love the beautiful gardens, the architecture and the wine cellars.

  14. This sounds like a nice place for a day trip. The National Trust do a great job of preserving old houses for the public to enjoy and this looks very grand. I like the look of the outdoor spaces and just sitting and listening to the birds chirp away. What better way to round off the day than an afternoon tea!

    • I must admit that the National Trust really do a great job at preserving these wonderful places

  15. Wadesdon Mannor though not a very touristic place but looks worth visiting. It is good that it can be accessed by public transport from London and free shuttle buses are also provided during summer. Such a magnificent architecture with beautiful lawns and flowers surrounding it. Everything here looks photogenic and it is a nice option for weekend trip from London with family and friends in summer. For me countryside of UK looks more interesting than its big cities.

  16. You are so right, the English countryside is gorgeous. And the Waddesdon Manor looks so grand! Love the gardens. I’d definitely love to see all those French paintings of key moments in France’s history. So much grandiose at this Manor! Stunning and so charming – as these beautiful English manors always are.

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