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Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

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You'll feel like you've stepped inside a French château surrounded by formal English gardens during your visit to Waddesdon Manor. As you stroll past classical statues and fountains in the formal outdoor gardens, listen to the chirping of colorful birds living in the historic aviary. Decorative pieces, gilded art, furniture, and masterpieces adorn the opulent interior of this Victorian manor. Pieces to look for include a writing desk commissioned for Marie Antoinette, the "Garden of Love" by Rubens, and "The Pink Boy" by Gainsborough. Prepare for crowds, especially during warm summer days and Christmas time. To save time, visit the website to purchase advance tickets. You can also download a free garden map to print or save to your smartphone. Children are welcome to play at the woodland playground and enjoy special children's activities. You can shop in the wine cellars and boutiques, and dine or have tea at one of the on-site restaurants. From January to March, the house is closed but the gardens are open on the weekends. For Waddesdon Manor and beyond, use our Aylesbury trip maker tool to get the most from your Aylesbury vacation.
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  • The Christmas market is great and the grounds and view of the Manor spectacular. Be prepared for a long wait for the shuttle bus. Even at a slow pace the Manor itself only took us 35 minutes to walk.....  more
    The Christmas market is great and the grounds and view of the Manor spectacular. Be prepared for a long wait for the shuttle bus. Even at a slow pace the Manor itself only took us 35 minutes to walk.....  more »
  • Our visit to Waddesdon Manor was a lovely experience overall. If you have visited at Christmas before though you should be aware that inside the house is not the usual Christmas extravaganza we are... 
    Our visit to Waddesdon Manor was a lovely experience overall. If you have visited at Christmas before though you should be aware that inside the house is not the usual Christmas extravaganza we are...  more »
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  • The house is really grand from the outside and inside. If possible make sure you can view the inside of the house. The guides inside will give you a detailed insight to the history and all the collections within the house. The gardens are beautiful to view too. There's an aviary and stables up can visit within the gardens. I would highly recommend booking the shuttle bus to get your trip started sooner as its a long walk in.
  • Fantastic place. Great place to visit especially if want to see how the richer people in society lives. You could comfortably spend days there. Each area was opulent with the various wall coverings, carpets, parquet floors etc.. The works of art adorning the walls are great from English and Dutch painters. I am adding a few photos to speak a thousand words. The cellars, wines, jewellery. The stables were great for food. You're able to take as many photos as you like but without a flash 📸 😉. A National trust car is a must as you will certainly want to visit more than once.

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