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Waddesdon Manor


Waddesdon Manor


Waddesdon Manor was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1885 to display his collection of arts and to entertain the fashionable world.

Opened to the public in 1959, Waddesdon Manor is managed by the Rothschild Foundation, a family charitable trust, on behalf of the National Trust, who took over ownership in 1957. It’s home to the Rothschild Collections of paintings, sculpture and decorative art.

Waddesdon Manor was built designed by French Architect Gabriel – Hippolyte Destailleur in the style of a French 16th-century chateau. The manor houses a fine collection of a French 18th-century decorative art, as well as Savonnerie carpets and Sevres porcelain.

As a family, the Rothschilds were the greatest collectors of the 19th century, seeking the highest quality of workmanship and with a keen sense of historical importance. The houses that they built, the interiors they created and the magnificent Rothschild collections within them became known internationally as the ‘gout Rothschild’. Waddesdon is one of the rare survivors of that splendour.


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At a glance

  • Activity

    Culture, Entertainment, Sightseeing
  • Address

    Waddesdon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

"Home to the Rothschild Collections of paintings, sculpture and art"

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