Last updated on 08 February 11

Waddesdon Manor Garden

  5.0/5 (3 ratings)

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A prime example of the Mixed Style, made with the great resources of the Rothschild family. The house was started in 1877. Five parallel drives lead to the north front. The garden contains Italian terraces,a lavish aviary, a rock garden made from artificial Pulham stone, Italian, French and Dutch statues, a large collection of specimen trees and shrubs. The practice of furnishing the terraces with elaborate bedding has been resumed.

History

Waddesdon has one of the finest Victorian gardens in Britain, featuring a parterre, seasonal displays, shady walks and views, fountains and statuary. At its heart lies the Aviary, stocked with species that were once part of Baron Ferdinand’s collection.

Address - Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, nr Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, HP18 0JH
Opening times - OPENING DATES 2011 Gardens, Aviary, Woodland Playground, Shops & Restaurant Winter Season 8 Jan – 27 Mar (weekends only)10.00am – 5.00pm Rest of the Year 30 Mar – 2 Jan (Weds-Suns and Bank Holidays) 10.00am – 5.00pm (also open Monday 19 and Tuesdays 20 & 27 December, closed 24, 25 & 26 December) House & Gardens, Wine Cellars, Woodland Playground, Shops & Restaurants 30 Mar - 30 Oct (Wed-Fri 12.00noon – 4.00pm, Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays 11.00am - 4.00pm) Bachelors’ Wing 30 Mar – 30 Oct (Weds-Fri 12.00noon - 4.00pm) 16 Nov - 31 Dec (Weds-Fri 12.00noon – 4.00pm) 16 Nov - 31 Dec (Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays 11.00am - 4.00pm) (Including Monday 19 and Tuesdays 20 and 27 December. Closed 24, 25, 26 December) (Including Monday 19 and Tuesdays 20 and 27 December. Closed 24, 25, 26 December) 11.00 – 4.00
Admission - ADMISSION PRICES 2011 Gardens, Aviary, Woodland Playground, Shops & Restaurant: Gift Aid Admission Prices Winter Season Adult £8.00 Child £4.50 Family £20.50 8 Jan – 27 Mar (weekends only) 10.00 – 5.00 Rest of the Year 30 Mar – 31 Dec (Weds-Fri) Adult £6.50 Child £3.50 Family £16.50 30 Mar - 31 Dec (weekends & BHs) Adult £8.00 Child £4.50 Family £20.50 House & Gardens, Wine Cellars, Woodland Playground, Shops & Restaurants Adult Child 30 Mar - 30 Oct (Weds-Fri) Adult £15.00 Child £11.00 30 Mar – 30 Oct (weekends & BHs) Adult £17.00 Child £13.00 Bachelors’ Wing 30 Mar – 30 Oct (Weds-Fri) Adult £3.60 Child £3.60 16 Nov - 31 Dec (Weds-Fri) Adult £15.00 Child £11.00 16 Nov - 31 Dec (weekends) Adult £17.00 Child £13.00 National Trust members and children under 5 years old are admitted free of charge to both house and gardens.
Website - Visit the Waddesdon Manor Garden website

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  • almost 5 years ago pete said

    A French chateau dropped in the bucks countryside. The Victorian garden is sublime, some pretty planting, lovely topiary.

    it does lack a certain intimacy.

    (5.0/5)
  • about 6 years ago Adam hodge said

    Over the last 6 years or so this place has been massively pulled up by its boot straps and is noe spectacular. M'thimks a big drop of Rothschild money has been thrown at the gardens. The resurrection of very fine and near extravagent Victorian bedding schemes are brilliant, both in the lovely use of colours and the quality of planting.
    Many other areas have been upgraded as well so the overall effect and experience is lovely.
    PS Great cream teas but the scones are huge..one between two is enough !

    (5.0/5)
  • over 6 years ago Hector123 said

    Oh yes! This really is one of the best examples of a High Victorian garden. Super.

    (5.0/5)

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