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.
Today’s opening hours
30 March to 31 October: Friday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am to 5pm (last admission 4pm). Guided tours at 11.45am and 2.30pm.
30 March to 31 October: Friday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am to 5pm (last admission 4pm).
Guided tours at 11.45am and 2.30pm.
Park in the Woodchester Park National Trust car park off the B4066 (Stroud to Dursley) - following brown signs to Woodchester Park. The entrance to the car park is half a mile from Nympsfield village.
Be careful, some SatNavs take visitors to South Woodchester, from which there is no access to Woodchester Park.
Car park on site
- Parking us run by the National Trust, free for National Trust members, £3 for non-members.
Historic Houses members visit for free.
- Accessible parking
- Accessible toilets
- Access statement available
- Guide dogs welcome
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.
Private tours with lunches may be available on certain days by arrangement with our caterers, Berry Blue Ltd.
£8.50pp for tour only, £12.50pp including refreshments.
£100 deposit required to confirm booking.
Please contact the office 01453 861541 or email@example.com.
Britain’s best-kept secret is waiting to open its doors on your wedding day. Woodchester Mansion is one of the world’s most extraordinary and unusual buildings – an unfinished masterpiece of Romantic Gothic style, now a special heritage experience nestled in the sweeping embrace of a hidden valley. Standing untouched by time since the height of the Victorian era, set in the stunning Woodchester Park.
Berry Blue is exclusive catering and event partner at Woodchester Mansion, offering all catering and event management at this magnificent venue.
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.
We welcome requests for filming.
Woodchester is an unfinished Victorian Gothic Mansion - uncluttered by normal effects of a completed house.