"Waddesdon Manor" Day trip - Waddesdon Manor Tip by SallyM

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      Bottle sculpture, Waddesdon
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Waddesdon Manor looks like a 16th century French chateau. This is no accident, as it was built by Ferdinand de Rothschild (in the late 19th century) to provide a fitting setting for his collection of French furniture, porcelain and carpets. There are also paintings by Gainsborough and Reynolds and Dutch and Flemish masters. The house is simply full of treasures (my favourite is the mechanical elephant clock).

There are also landscaped grounds, and (more attractive for children than priceless ceramics) an aviary with exotic birds.

Adults may also be interested in the wine cellars which contain thousands of bottles of Rothschild wines dating back to 1868 .

The grounds are open 10.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m. and the house itself (admission by timed ticket only) is open 12.00 to 4.00 Wednesdays to Sundays during the summer season (11-4 at weekends.) The Bachelors Wing is only open Wednesday to Friday. See the website for admission prices as it varies according to the time of year and day of the week.

The one problem with Waddesdon is that it is so popular that the catering cannot always cope on busy weekends. I have (on different visits) been served a semi-frozen sandwich and had to queue for half an hour for an ice-cream. There are however some pubs in Waddesdon village.

Address: Waddesdon, Aylesbury, HP18 0JH
Directions: 6 miles north west of Aylesbury on the A41.
Phone: 01296 653226
Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-waddesdonmanor

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 26, 2016
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