Welcome to Woodchester Mansion

A unique unfinished Victorian Gothic house hidden in a beautiful Cotswold valley

2024 OPEN DAYS

Open 11am – 5pm every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from Friday 29th March to Sunday 3rd November.

Adult admission £11.

Please note: many apologies, but due to sickness the mini-bus will not be available after 1pm on Monday 27th May.

Welcome to Woodchester Mansion

A unique unfinished Victorian Gothic house hidden in a beautfiul Cotswold valley

Open 11am – 5pm every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, from Friday 29th March to Sunday 3rd November.

Adult admission £11

Please note: many apologies, but due to sickness the mini-bus will not be available after 1pm on Monday 27th May.

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

The house like no other…

Woodchester Mansion is a unique and amazing Grade I 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, we have a gift shop and the surrounding Woodchester Park (National Trust) can be explored. It is also possible to arrange private tours and hire of the Mansion.

Latest News & Events

News and Events

Stone Festival

On the weekend of Sat 8th & Sun 9th June there will be a Stone Festival at the Mansion. The public can join members of the Stonemasons' Guild of St Stephen at their traditional guild meeting. There will be stone carving, dry stone walling, carpentry and much more to see, talks to listen to, story telling for children - and food, drink & music. Watch this space! TICKETS for TALKS now ON SALE.

News and Events

Winter Work!

Last year we received a grant from the Charles Skey Charitable Trust for improvements to the front door and entrance hall, including the provision of a more level access for disabled visitors. The work was done during the winter closed season and is now complete...

Things to see and do at Woodchester Mansion

2024 Summer Season

The Mansion is now OPEN to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (and Bank Holiday Mondays) until Sun 3rd Nov.

The house opens at 11am, last admission 4pm, closes at 5pm. Guided tours at 11:45am and 2:30pm – or self – guided.

Adult admission £11, children 5-16 £2 – See Admission Prices

The MANSION CAFÉ  is open 11am – 4:30pm for hot and cold drinks, snacks, light lunches, tea and lovely cake!

Finding Us

As you can see from the picture above, the Mansion (centre) is hidden deep in a beautiful Cotswold valley.

If you’re not a local, please see the How to Find Us page so you have a smooth journey.

There is an hourly minibus service to the Mansion from the NT Buckholt car park only on the hour 11am – 4pm.

Buckholt car park is just off the B4066 Selsley – Uley road close to Coaley Peak.

Volunteers needed!

Volunteering is key to the Mansion. Back in 1987 the building was saved from dereliction thanks to the enthusiasm and voluntary effort of local people. We depend on our group of 50+ volunteers to run the Mansion on public Open Days. Many of our events have volunteers on duty. If you’re interested in joining us in 2024 please email info@woodchestermansion.org.uk and we’ll be in touch.

Membership

Our members are wonderful backers of the Woodchester Mansion Trust. If you become a member you will gain free admission to the Mansion on Open Days, access to exclusive events, a regular newsletter and a discount on shop goods. Plus the feel-good factor of supporting a worthwhile local charity. We have a current offer, join now and your membership lasts until 1st Jan 2025.

Private Tours

Do you belong to a local organisation? We run private tours of the Mansion for groups of at least 12 people. You’ll be collected from the car park, have your own tour guide and the Mansion to yourself. Tea, coffee and home-made cake are also available. Now’s the time to make arrangements for your visit in 2024.

Stone Carving Experiences

Come to the Mansion and learn the ancient craft of stone carving under the supervision of our Master Mason, and take home your own masterpiece. We hold one-day starter courses approx. monthly throughout the year. Upcoming dates this year are: 8th June, 22nd June, 20th July, 24th August, 28th September, 12th October, 2nd November, 7th December. A great new experience – and an ideal present.

Lucky Severn Lottery

This local lottery provides a boost to Mansion funds. It can boost your funds too, as one of our supporters found when they won a £250 prize. Please support us and subscribe – you may be lucky too!

Mansion Café

We have NEW caterers this year

Good coffee, snacks, light lunches, teas and truly DELICIOUS cakes

Available 11am – 4:30pm on Mansion open days

Café also open 11am – 4pm Wednesday & Thursday for visitors to Woodchester Park.

We’re supported by

Grants

We are delighted to have been awarded a grant of £22,500 from the Charles Skey Charitable Trust for improvements to the main entrance. The floor has been levelled-up, an imposing new front door fitted and a ramp which makes wheelchair access much easier and smoother is in place. Internally new customised shop fittings have been installed.  We are grateful to the Charles Skey Trust and also the Benefact Group who contributed a further £1000 to the improvements. More details here→