Best Historic Houses to Visit: Waddesdon Manor
Buckinghamshire's Waddesdon Manor is a High Victorian masterpiece in the style of a French Chateau, built and owned by the Rothschild family.
The Coach House is a fantastic temporary exhibition space, which has hosted some interesting displays, including Power & Portraiture: painting at the court of Elizabeth I.
Outside, the High Victorian grounds are excitingly varied, containing a Rococo-style aviary, woodlands, and beautiful water and rose gardens. The main attraction is the parterre, with a wonderful frog-fountain. Woodland walks, a playgrounds and picnics provide ample entertainment for children.
Opening Times: Grounds: Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 22 March - 2 November 10am - 5pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays except bank holidays). House: Wednesday to Friday 12pm - 4pm, Saturday - Sunday 11am - 4pm
Price: Free for National Trust Members. Non-members for grounds and house: adult £21 and child £11.50 (including all exhibitions and displays).
By car: just off the A41 between Bicester and Aylesbury.
By train: From London Marylebone to Aylesbury, then taxi for 6.5 mile journey to Waddesdon.
Disabled Access: Most areas of house and gardens are accessible via wheelchair, except Prints and Drawings Room and Wine Cellars.
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