Waddesdon Manor is hands down one of the most luxurious and splendid country houses in the UK. It’s also not far away from London which makes it a perfect destination for a day trip if you live in the city. The estate is enormous and I’m glad we took our dog with us as there was plenty of space for him to run off his energy. The only downside of going there with a dog is that they are not allowed on the shuttle bus to the estate from the car park. But if you take your dog, you’re probably ready for a walk anyway.
The manor house was built in the French chateau style and it looks gorgeous! It’s surrounded by trees so you feel like you’re visiting a unique place in the middle of the forest. The house belonged to the Rothschild family and was mainly used as a weekend residence for grand entertaining and to house their collection of fine art. Now, the house belongs to National Trust and is managed by the Rothschild Foundation.
Waddesdon Manor hosts a variety of events throughout a year – Christmas carnival and fair, exhibitions, walks, talks and tours. They continue the tradition of entertainment and hospitality with events celebrating food and wine. When you go, don’t forget to check out a traditional British afternoon tea at the Manor Restaurant!
Dogs are allowed on a lead everywhere except the main garden and the house itself.
Tickets: £19.80 or free with a National Trust Membership.
How to get there
By car: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, HP18 0JH
By train: From London Marylebone every hour to Aylesbury Vale Parkway station. And then a free bus shuttle to the estate (from March to October, check the timetable here)
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