Gardens (including Aviary):
26 March - 4 January:
Open Wednesday to Sunday, plus Bank Holidays, April 2 and 23 Dec.: 10am to 5pm
Closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
The House is open on more restricted dates than the Gardens; see official website for full details.
Gardens only (including aviary):
Children under 5:
National Trust Members admitted without charge all year.
Group rates and tickets for entry to both House and Gardens also available; see official website for details.
The Waddesdon Manor Aviary is located in the grounds of Waddesdon Manor, in the village of Waddesdon in Buckinghamshire, on the A41 between Aylesbury and Bicester. The house is a large Renaissance-style chateau, set among magnificent gardens with flamboyant bedding, winding walks, colourful trees and panoramic views, and is the main attraction. The house is also home to a large collection of 18th century French decorative arts, including paintings, furniture, carpets and curiosities. This collection is one of the best in the world.
The aviary itself is housed in an unusual cast-iron rococo trelliswork pavillion. The bird collection includes a variety of smaller birds from around the world, particularly South East Asia, such as exotic Starlings and Thrushes. The Manor grounds themselves are also home to a wide variety of native wild birds.
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Manor Restaurant: waitress service; coffees, teas, full meals
Stables Restaurant: assisted service; fresh food for families & groups
Coffee Bar: take away snacks, coffees, ice creams
Summerhouse: sandwiches, drinks, ice creams
Children's play area
Designated parking areas.
Passengers may be dropped off and collected at the front of the house.
Most areas of the gardens are accessible to wheelchair users.
Wheelchairs and braille guide available at the house, on first-come, first-served basis. All areas of the house are accessible for wheelchair users, although certain areas have limited access, and require advance notice to arrange viewing; see official website for details.
No dogs (except guide dogs) or other pets.
Note: The animal pictures on this page are merely representative of this type of attraction; they do not mean that the animals can be found at this specific attraction.
Waddesdon Manor House and Gardens,
Wine shop & warehouse.
How To Get There:
Follow the M40 north-west to junction 7. Turn right onto A329 towards Thame. Continue onto A418 to outskirts of Thame. At roundabout, turn left onto B4011 to Long Crendon. In Long Crendon, turn right onto unclassified road towards Chearsley and Waddesdon. In Chearsley, continue straight on as the road swings right, onto Winchendon Road towards Waddesdon. Continue through Upper Winchendon to `T'-junction with A41. Turn left towards Bicester, and continue into Waddesdon village. The entrance to Waddesdon Manor will then be on the left.
Follow the M40 south-east to junction 9. Turn left onto A41 towards Bicester. Continue right at roundabout on A41 towards Aylesbury. After about 10 miles, enter Waddesdon village, and the entrance to Waddesdon Manaor will be on the right.
Follow A34 north to junction with M40 (J9). Continue onto A41 towards Bicester and Aylesbury, as described above.
From Milton Keynes:
Follow the A5, and then A4146 into Leighton Buzzard. Follow signs to Aylesbury onto A418. In Aylesbury, follow the signs onto A41 towards Bicester. After about 5 miles, enter Waddesdon village, and the entrance to Waddesdon Manor will be on the left.
By Public Transport
Regular trains services run from London Marylebone to Aylesbury. See www.chilternrailways.co.uk for details.
Arriva The Shires bus no. 16/17 run from Aylesbury. Call 0870 608 2608 for details.
Data on this page last updated: Apr 13 2014