Waddesdon Manor – Aylesbury – Photos

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor is another delightful National Trust property.  It was built in the late nineteenth century for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild.  He wanted somewhere to display his arts and sculptures – and of course to entertain his friends.  Although the property is owned by the National Trust, it is managed by the Rothschild Foundation.

A visit there is a real treat as both the buildings and the gardens are superb.  We had to park quite a distance away, but they have a shuttle bus between the car park and the manor, which helps.




The aviary

The aviary

The Gardens

The first place that we came across in the gardens was the aviary.  We didn’t look as closely as I would have liked at the birds because there were about three school trips that day and the noise from the children was deafening!

As you can see, the buildings are substantial and the birds had plenty of room in their enclosures.  Now I would never think of putting red and purple together in a quilt, but don’t you think that the flower bed on the right makes a lovely display.

What lovely colours

What lovely colours

My mind was still on quilts when I came to the next flower bed – those colours look gorgeous together.  There were statues all over the place and a rose garden that you could smell well before you reached it.

Beautiful topiary

Beautiful topiary

The other eyecatcher on our way to the manor was the topiary.  I’ve seen clever topiary before now, but what stood out here was the way they had used different plants to give a different green for the bird’s breast.  Very clever.

Tapestry fire screen

Tapestry fire screen

Inside Waddesdon Manor

The interior of the manor was breathtaking.  The colours in this tapestry were stunning and they had some really large tapestries hanging on the walls as well.

Zebra in harness

Zebra in harness

I was brought up in Africa and I was always told that zebra could not be tamed so it was delightful to see this photo of zebra pulling a carriage.

This is just an example of how varied the treasures are within the manor.

Twelve Caesars

Twelve Caesars

While we were there – and just about to finish – was an exhibition called the Twelve Caesars.  This consisted of gold or bronze sculptures of each of the first twelve Caesars.  It was fascinating and the amazing thing is that they don’t know who made them or why.

Dining in style

Dining in style

The meals were obviously sumptuous when the Rothschilds lived at Waddesdon Manor.  This table was set for a wonderful feast.  It was the chandelier that was truly beautiful, but I’m afraid my photo hasn’t done it justice.

Waddesdon Manor is an amazing place to visit both inside and outside – well worth it if you’re in the area.

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  1. Irene McGinley says:

    Wonderful pictures of Waddesdon Manor Rose and I loved the gardens, so colourful and beautifully maintained. Also the wedding photos, what a beautiful bride and handsome groom, thanks for sharing.

  2. Colleen McKinlay says:

    So enjoyed all your pics of this amazing Waddesdon. Definitely on my bucket list when I can hopefully travel to England. Great Britain has so many historical and beautiful estates. Thank you for sharing your travels. So enjoy them.
    Colleen

  3. J Welbourne says:

    Hi Rose. Thank you for sharing this with us. Certainly seems a good place to visit fi and when we have time.

    I must admit I’ve heard about zebras pulling carts before but I’ve never heard of them being ridden as we would a horse.

    Feeling quite envious as I would have loved to see the flowers.

    take and all best Janny x

    • Hi Janny. I always find National Trust properties are great because they tend to have wonderful parkland along with beautiful houses. Both are particularly lovely at Waddesdon. Just a pity that it’s too far away for me to go more often.

  4. Carole Manuel says:

    I visited Waddesden many years ago and I agree with you, it’s well worth seeing.

    • Hi Carole. As well as the flowers changing with the seasons, they also seem to put on lots of exhibitions so I’m sure it would be interesting to keep visiting – just wish it was closer to Birmingham.

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