An amazing unfinished Gothic Revival masterpiece




11am - 5pm

Open Days

We are open 11am - 5pm  FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY, and BANK HOLIDAYS, from 1st APRIL to 30th OCTOBER 2022

Adult admission is £8.50; children under 16 free.

We are in a hidden valley - don't get lost! - please look at the directions before coming to visit.

Guided tours at 11:45am and 2:30pm.

What to see when you visit the Mansion →

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


New Grant

We have been awarded a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund Steps to Sustainability programme, run in conjunction with the Social Enterprise Academy. The grant is to develop the visitor experience of the bats at the Mansion. For more details of this opportunity to broaden our scope, click here.

Stone Days

We are holding stone workshop days on 13th May, 15th July & 19th August. Come to the Mansion and learn the ancient craft of stonecarving under the supervision of our Master Mason from the Guild of St Stephen & St George. Past workshops have been much appreciated by the participants.

Read more, details, cost etc...


Volunteers wanted

We are looking to recruit more volunteers for our 2022 Open Days. Click here to find out what's needed and how to join us.

Please help us by buying a ticket for this weekly local lottery.  There's an extra prize of a £1000 Forest Holiday in the UK if you buy a ticket before 25th June!



To learn about progress on the conservation of the north facing slope of the south range roof click here. (updated 28th April)

Last winter part of the north range roof was repaired. Read about it and see the pictures here.




If you become a member of the Woodchester Mansion Trust, the charity that manages the Mansion, you will have free admission on Open Days and other benefits.

Click here to discover more about joining and supporting the Mansion.


There is a CAFE at the Mansion, open to all visitors to Woodchester Park and the house 11am-4pm. Details

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

Please note: There is no mobile phone signal or public wifi at the Mansion.

Sorry - dogs are not allowed in the Grade I listed Mansion (except assistance dogs)


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