As one of the last of the forty-two 19th century Rothschild houses, Waddesdon Manor is the cornerstone of The Rothschild Foundation. Built in the 1870s and 1880s by architect Gabriel-Hippolye Destallieur for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, Waddesdon Manor was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1957 by James de Rothschild. Visitor numbers have soared since it was first opened to the public and we now welcome over 350,000 visitors a year, making Waddesdon the second most visited National Trust property in the country.
Lord Rothschild has been a major benefactor of this unique property and its collections, funding both restoration and improvements. At The Rothschild Foundation, we remain committed to the preservation, protection and improvement of Waddesdon for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.
Waddesdon today represents a centre for excellence in the field of arts, collecting, heritage and conservation, the environment and horticulture. It is developing its commitment to education, research and the dissemination of knowledge from Windmill Hill, located at the heart of the Waddesdon Estate. We will use the unique setting and activities of both Waddesdon Manor and Windmill Hill to complement and guide the Foundation’s vision across its own Areas of Interest (see Research & Debate).