|Date:||Thursday, 18 October 2018|
|Cost:||£26.25 U3A members U3A members with National Trust cards £11.25. Exclusive house tour add £5.00. Exclusive Garden tour Add £5.00. Non U3A members add £2.50|
|Pick up points:||Crab and Winkle, Werrington at 7.30, Bretton Centre at 7.40, Thorpe Meadows at 7.50 and Wansford Old North bus shelter at 08.10. return to Peterborough about 19.00|
|Booking deadline:||18 September 2018|
Following a visit to Waddesden at Christmas time a few years ago, the feedback was that people wanted more time to explore the actual house, so this visit is just that!
The Grade I listed house was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French château between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839–1898) as a weekend residence for grand entertaining and as a setting for his collection. The last member of the Rothschild family to own Waddesdon was James de Rothschild (1878–1957). He bequeathed the house and its contents to the National Trust. It is now managed by the Rothschild Foundation chaired by Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild. It is one of the National Trust's most visited properties, with over 390,000 visitors annually.
During our visit, there will be a chance to have a 45 minute – 1 hour guided tour of the house before it opens to the general public (Cost £5.00), after which you can spend free time there. There is also a chance to do a 45 minute -1 hour guided tour of the Manor Gardens in the afternoon (again £5.00). Minimum numbers will apply to these tours so make sure you book your place early.
As well as these organised tours, which will be exclusive to us, there are other tours and activities on offer, both inside and outside. More details will be available on the day – or you can check them out on the Waddesdon Manor Website.