A visit to see the impressive French Renaissance château inspired Waddesdon Manor in full festive regalia during their annual Christmas fair. Christmas is always special at Waddesdon with the magnificent illuminations really bringing it to life, we also have some free time to explore the historic university city of Oxford.
Detailed Overview

Built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1885 and opened to the public in 1959, Waddesdon Manor is home to the Rothschild Collections of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts. Over Christmas, most of the manor's 18th-century furnished rooms are "put to bed", and a selection of specially decorated rooms are opened, resplendent in full festive regalia. The manor's front lawn will also host a charming Christmas fair (cash only), with 80 selected stallholders occupying charming wooden chalets at the foot of the building. The fair offers exciting variety of high-quality, unique gifts, decorations, crafts and festive foods.

Price Includes

  • 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee on arrival

  • Full Cooked Breakfast

  • 3-course menu with 3 choices per course on two nights

  • Soup/Sandwiches/Mince Pies for late dinner on one evening

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Entrance to Waddesdon Manor Gardens and Illuminations

  • Tea/coffee & Mince Pies on arrival

  • Roast Turkey Christmas lunch

  • Porterage

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We make our way to the hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2

Waddesdon Manor at Christmas & Illuminations
Experience a festive day out at the decorated Waddesdon Manor, indulging in celebratory foods and shopping for gifts at the Christmas fair on the front lawn. On arrival tea/coffee and mince pies will be served. Spend time roaming the gardens before enjoying a turkey Christmas lunch with Christmas pudding. From dusk, the grounds will come to life with a light trail around the Aviary that playfully combines colour, sound and movement. There is also the Light in Motion experience at the Stables, the light trail around the Pleasure Gardens and festive walks for all to enjoy. The Manor's facade will also be bathed in light with two unique shows.
Please note: the order of this day may change.

Day 3

Today we visit the unique, historic university city of Oxford. With its honey-gold buildings, dreaming spires and riverside setting you can spend time at leisure exploring Oxford's history, famous people and old traditions. We make our way to the hotel in time to relax before dinner.

Day 4

We depart the hotel and arrive back in the local area during the afternoon.

Other Information


4* Courtyard by Marriott Oxford South

Courtyard by Marriott® Oxford South, is a short distance to iconic Oxford, a warm welcome awaits to explore the historic region. Enjoy the proximity of the hotel to Abingdon, Didcot, Milton Park, Harwell Campus, Culham Park, RAF Brize Norton and Bicester Village. Relax in the fresh spacious guest rooms, with quality amenities, free Wi-Fi, 55” HDTV, plush bedding and workspace. The hotel has superior and connecting rooms, great for families. The Oxen Bar & Grill is their signature restaurant with open kitchen and urban lounge bar.

• Tea/coffee in room • TV with Freeview • Telephone • Hairdryer • Ironing facilities • Air conditioning • Oxen Bar & Grill • Free Wi-Fi • Fitness centre • Lift •

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