An amazing unfinished Gothic Revival masterpiece

Now OPEN 11am-5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday

After 19th July - Tickets on sale at the door - Minibus and Guided Tours (subject to volunteer availability) - Please click here for details.

NEXT WEEKEND Fri/Sat/Sun 1st/2nd/3rd October

Guided tours at 11:45am & 2:30pm every day

Minibus currently NOT available on any day, but watch this space!

We look forward to welcoming you this summer.

Catering at the Mansion

 The cafe at the Mansion is open to visitors to the park and house from 11am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Snacks, hot and cold drinks, light lunches, home-made cakes.

Open Days


Doors open 11am, last admission to house 4pm. Please follow this link if you plan to visit.

Our volunteers will have their facemasks handy, please bring yours to use in busy parts of the Mansion.

For all queries, please email: info@woodchestermansion.org.uk

Facemasks at the ready!

Recent Grants

The Enovert Community Trust have made a substantial donation towards our new toilets - read more.

We have also been fortunate to receive a £1000 award from the Ecclesiastical Insurance Movement for Good - details here.

What to see at the Mansion



Brewery weekend

2nd - 3rd Oct

This is the only weekend in the year when visitors can see the Mansion's Brewery and the Servants' Quarters. We haven't been able to run this opening for the last two years, so hope for plenty of visitors. Guided tours only, but no need to book in advance.

More details....


To know more about the Mansion...

Read the Book! 

Click here

Performed in the perfect venue... come and see the Downpour Theatre Company at the Mansion on 21st/22nd October. Details here.


Coming soon... Spooky Cellars for Halloween 26th -31st Oct.



Click here to see the finished roofing work


Floating Flaws

The Open Studios art exhibition by Jo Nathan and Paul Grellier is staying a little longer and will be open to Mansion visitors on weekends 1-3, 8-10 and 15-17 Oct. Come and see the paintings, sculpture and installations.

More info...




Please support the Mansion by becoming a member of the Woodchester Mansion Trust, the charity that manages the Mansion. Membership brings benefits to both you and the Mansion. To join, click here.

Lucky Severn Lottery!

Please support us by buying a ticket for this weekly local lottery. Plus there's a special offer on 30th Oct.   Read More...

WOODCHESTER MANSION is a unique and amazing Grade 1 listed Victorian Gothic house hidden in a beautiful Cotswold valley. 

It is an unfinished masterpiece. Building started about 1857, but stopped in the mid-1860s so floors and ceilings are missing, walls not plastered and windows unglazed. All the secrets of the construction of the Mansion are visible - something visitors will never see in another country house.

The Mansion was designed by a young local architect, Benjamin Bucknall from Rodborough. He produced a unique Gothic Revival house which blends the local traditional work in limestone with the ideas of the French architectural thinker Viollet-le-Duc.

If you are interested in the Mansion and its history we have a book.

The quality of the stone carvings in the Mansion is outstanding: some are inspired by the plants in the surrounding valley and others are life-like images of animals. There are also real mammals to be seen as the Mansion houses breeding colonies of Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats.

Owned by Stroud District Council, the Mansion is managed by the Woodchester Mansion Trust (it is not a National Trust property). On Open Days visitors can see how the house was built, admire the fine carvings and look at the bats on CCTV. Refreshments are available and the surrounding Woodchester Park (National Trust) can be explored. It is also possible to arrange private tours and hire of the Mansion.

Woodchester Mansion Trust: Registered Charity No 900315


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