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Wander Through Waddesdon’s Gardens

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In need of some escapism? Enjoy a virtual stroll around Waddesdon’s impressive gardens: https://waddesdon.org.uk/explore-waddesdon-online/explore-waddesdons-gardens-online/

Despite cultural organisations around the world closing their doors as a precaution to reduce the spread of coronavirus, access to history, culture and nature is arguably now more important than ever, offering some much-needed respite during these anxious and uncertain times.

From virtual tours to YouTube films and online audio guides, there are a number of ways to enjoy Waddesdon, the Rothschild House & Gardens in Buckinghamshire, from your home.

Check out the latest digital content:

· On our website

· Garden trails

· Waddesdon’s YouTube channel with over 100 films

Waddesdon Manor was built at the end of the 19th century by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. The creation of the garden was an enormous undertaking, beginning with the levelling of a hilltop in 1874. Ferdinand started with a blank canvas; “there was not a bush to be seen or a bird to be heard”, yet seeing beyond these unpromising beginnings, he was able to create a weekend paradise. Through tours online, it is now possible to explore these gardens virtually. https://waddesdon.org.uk/explore-waddesdon-online/explore-waddesdons-gardens-online/

See the statues that populate Waddesdon's gardens up close and learn more about the history and the myths that inspired them. https://waddesdon.org.uk/your-visit/grounds/sculpture-trail-gardens/

You can also ‘walk’ through the gardens and discover a range of Waddesdon’s tremendous trees, including one planted by the Queen. https://waddesdon.org.uk/your-visit/grounds/tremendous-trees/

Alternatively, you can take in the full splendour of Waddesdon’s Victorian gardens through a range of films available on YouTube. Learn more about the elaborate Rococo Aviary, or step inside the private kitchen garden at Eythrope. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAzPrJR9_BA&list=PLv-EmxLZYlr_-RwnRe2c2BGjDbRsvdzZE

The social media team will also be doing their best to bring the gardens at Waddesdon to you until the time comes when Waddesdon can open its doors again.

· WaddesdonManor on Facebook

· @WaddesdonManor on Twitter

· waddesdonmanor_nt on Instagram

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