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Woodchester Mansion

A unique unfinished Neo-gothic mansion of national architectural significance

Nympsfield, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, GL10 3TS

Woodchester Mansion in Gloucestershire

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Free for members
Facilities
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Charged parking
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
  • Guide dogs welcome
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Woodchester Mansion, is a Grade I listed house built in the Victorian Gothic style and hidden in a beautiful Cotswold valley.

Construction started in the mid-1850s and stopped in 1870, before completion.Floors and ceilings are missing, walls are not plastered, and windows are unglazed. All the secrets of the construction of the Mansion are visible – details that visitors will never see in another country house.

The Mansion, built for Catholic convert, William Leigh, is the masterpiece of a young local architect, Benjamin Bucknall from Rodborough. His unique Gothic Revival house blends the local traditional work in limestone with the ideas of the French architectural thinker Viollet-le-Duc.

The stone carvings in the Chapel, inspired by the plants in the surrounding valley, are among the finest in country. The Mansion also houses breeding colonies of Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats which can be watched on CCTV.

Opening Times

2022

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from early April to the end of October. Also open on Bank Holidays.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times

Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adult: £8.50

Concessions: £7.50

Group Visits

We offer private tours for groups of minimum 12 persons on any day of the week.
Private tours include:

  • Collection of your group by minibus from the car park
  • Exclusive tour of the Mansion with one of our dedicated tour guides
  • Refreshments (if required) – coffee on arrival, or tea/coffee after the tour – all served with a slice of our delicious home-made cake
  • Return minibus to car park
  • Tours can be tailored to suit the interests of your group, e.g. architecture, history. We can also adapt the tour if your party has particular needs.

£9.00pp for tour only, £13.00pp including tea and cake. £100 deposit required to confirm booking.

Please contact the office 01453 861541 or info@woodchestermansion.org.uk.

Educational Visits

We welcome visits from primary and seconday schools.

Woodchester Mansion provides a wide range of opportunities for students of all ages, from activities for Key Stages 1 and 2 to older “students” from the University of the Third Age. We work closely with our National Trust colleagues, the Mansion being situated in the centre of Woodchester Park which is owned and managed by the NT.

Educational visits can be organised to reflect the particular needs and interests of participants and we work closely with teachers and tutors to ensure a focused, meaningful and interesting package, dependant on the particular requirements of the group.

Please call 01453 861541 or email info@woodchestermansion.org.uk for further details of educational opportunities.

Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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