Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor
Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire

Average time spent – 4-5+ hours.

Things to do at Waddesdon Manor National Trust review

Waddesdon Manor is breathtaking and was voted the best Christmas experience in the UK for 2019. As you can imagine, when there are events on this does mean it gets very busy but they are good at coping with this. As well as the epic manor house (which was basically meant to be a party pad/art gallery and not a family home) there is an awful lot to do in the grounds. 

There are lots of wide-open spaces to play in, massive hills to roll down and walks around the extensive grounds. The highlights have to be the Aviary, which is fairly small but a big hit with the kids. There’s also a large adventure playground which is built on a hill side track and separated into lots of different sections as you go down the path. In the top section, there’s a massive fort slide which you literally zoom out of!  

There’s a long nature trail called Miss Alice’s drive which has got lots of bug hotels, bird feeders and general nature based stuff. Quite often this will be where the trails are based. Most families tend to spend a lot of their time here and on the playgrounds.  

Throughout the year there are numerous events and there’s always something big going on during every school holiday. Christmas really is massive here though and includes an artisanal market, a decorated house and spectacular light trail. 

Eating – There are various places to get food, depending on the season. Plus lots of places for picnics.

Facilities in brief – Large manor house with extensive grounds, including aviary, adventure playground and nature trails. Plus cafes and toilets.

Entry price – *Mid-range or free for National Trust members
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range. I will update when prices are updated as currently only garden tickets are priced on their website. Under 5’s are free. Free parking.

Opening: Waddesdon Manor has quite varied opening days throughout the year. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.

Information on accessibility

Address: Waddesdon, Aylesbury HP18 0JH, Buckinghamshire, England. Phone: 01296 820414

Category – Historic house and grounds – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages

Please click here for a full review – Written by Vicky from Free time with the kids

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