Lakeside terrace view at the dairy

The Dairy

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Breathtakingly beautiful, the Dairy at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire offers a wonderfully romantic backdrop for the perfect wedding at any time of year.

Nestling in a tranquil waterside setting amidst glorious gardens, the Dairy is an enchanting private building on the Waddesdon Estate situated close to Bicester, created for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the 19th Century and for over 100 years the country retreat of the Rothschild family. You and your guests can enjoy a taste of that privileged lifestyle: superlative food, excellent wines, professional service with absolute exclusivity guaranteed.

Need to know

Indoor ceremony licence  Indoor civil ceremony capacity 160 Indoor Hindu or Jewish ceremony capacity 200 Outdoor ceremony license  Indoor banquet capacity 130 Evening capacity 160

Marquee banquet capacity 200 Marquee evening capacity 200 Exclusive use Personal wedding coordinator  In-house catering  External kosher caterer permitted 

Wheelchair access  Child friendly  Live music permitted  Onsite parking  Finishing time 12am Extension available 

Lakeside view at the Dairy
Lakeside view at the Dairy © Kate Neilen

Food & drink

Our Executive Chef meets all wedding clients to create a bespoke menu of your favourite foods, using only the best of British produce and seasonal ingredients. He can also advise on appropriate accompanying wines, chosen from a banqueting wine list reflecting Waddesdon’s links with Rothschild vineyards around the world. Selected outside catering companies can be recommended for special requirements.

Our Pâtisserie Chef can also create all types of wedding cakes. Please ask us for a quotation.

See a selection of sample menus, designed to help inspire you below:

Ceremonies & receptions

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The Dairy is the perfect place to host your dream civil wedding ceremony or partnership. With a variety of beautiful and flexible licensed spaces, both inside and out. Choose from the immaculate Inner Courtyard framed with vines, the impressive vaulted West Hall, the classical glass Wintergarden, the stunning Lakeside Pavilions or the magical Secret Garden.

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We know how to throw a fantastic party, and the first one you attend as a married couple should definitely be a great one! Whether you want to dance the night away in our West Hall or Wintergarden, or simply relax with a glass of champagne on the stunning Lakeside Pavilions, then the choice is yours.


For availability please email us on [email protected]


Main season

May, June, July, August & September

Saturdays and bank holiday £7,950

Friday – Sunday £6,950

Monday – Thursday £3,950

Mid season

April, October & December*

Saturdays and bank holiday £5,950

Friday – Sunday £4,950

Monday – Thursday £3,450

Low season

January, February, March & November

Monday – Sunday £2,950

All seasons

Wedding ceremony set up charge 10am-5pm £500

NB Bank holidays are charged at the same rate as Saturdays. *Excludes 24-31 December inclusive – prices available on application.

Exclusive use of The Dairy from 8.00am to midnight.

Three course bespoke wedding breakfast from £74.50 per head

Canapés from £12.50 per head

Evening buffet from £15.50 per head

Drinks package from £29.50 per head (based on a Prosecco reception, house wine with the meal and a Prosecco toast)

Plus 5% service charge on all pre-ordered food and drink

Bespoke Weddings PDF

Our bespoke service offers tailor made menus filled with your favourite food to suit your specific requirements.


Speak to our team today to find out about our fantastic offers. Including a free Prosecco toast or free overnight stay at the Five Arrows hotel (subject to availability).

Venue Only ‘Dry Hire’

The Dairy is available for venue hire only on a ‘dry hire’ basis for £12,500. The perfect choice for celebrations that require specialist catering such as Halal or Kosher menus. Terms and conditions apply. Speak to our wedding coordinators to find out more.

Hindu wedding ceremony at the Dairy, Waddesdon


Aerial view of the Dairy at Waddesdon
Aerial view of The Dairy © John Bigelow Taylor

At the end of the 19th century, Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild commissioned a local firm of architects to create a dairy to house his prize-winning herd of cattle. The design was influenced by Marie Antoinette’s farm at Versailles. In 1989 Lord Rothschild initiated an extensive restoration programme to transform the Dairy into a stylish venue for weddings. The project also included the restoration of The Dairy’s Victorian water gardens which were created by James Pulham in the 1880s.