Attraction in Aylesbury
Waddesdon Manor was built (1874-89), in the style of a 16th century French château, for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to entertain his guests and display his vast collection of art treasures. It houses one of the finest collections of French 18th century decorative arts in the world. The furniture, Savonnerie carpets, and Sèvres porcelain ranks in importance with the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Louvre in Paris. There is also a fine collection of portraits by Gainsborough and Reynolds and works by Dutch and Flemish Masters of the 17th century.
Waddesdon has one of the finest Victorian gardens in Britain, renowned for its colourful parterre, specimen trees, shady walks and views, fountains and statuary. At its heart is the Aviary, stocked with exotic birds and known for breeding endangered species.
The Rothschild name is also synonymous with some of the most coveted wines in the world. The Waddesdon Wine Cellars have been created to house a private collection of these wines – over 15,000 bottles some dating back to 1868 – and to tell something of the story of the Rothschild role in the history of winemaking.
Top quality food is served in the two licensed restaurants. A full programme of events is organised throughout the year including special interest days, wine tastings and family days.
Conveniently situated close to London, Oxford and Milton Keynes, Waddesdon offers a memorable day out for all the family.
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Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes
Discount for Groups: Yes
Car Parking: Yes
Conference Facilities: Yes
Gift Shop: Yes - Wine Shop
Catering: Licensed Restaurants
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