Woodchester Mansion


An amazing unfinished Gothic Revival masterpiece


Repairs on the ironing room and north range roofs and chimneys are now underway - details here.


Open Days


Following the recent government advice, we now expect to re-open on Friday 21st May. We hope to welcome visitors on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and Bank Holiday Mondays, until Sunday 31st October. Further details on opening will appear later.

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

What to see at the Mansion

Woodchester Mansion is highly acclaimed by those 'in the know' nationwide. It is unique because the house is unfinished, so visitors can see how it was constructed. The quality of the Neo-gothic building is very high, especially the stone carving. Wide stone arches hold up the roof. In the dining room the original centering for the arch is still in place...

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Catering 2021

We have a new catering partnership this year - with local charity the Nelson Trust. In the next few weeks, the cafe will be open for takeaways on Sun 25th April from 11am - 3pm, Sat 1st - Mon 3rd May, 11am - 4pm, and then every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be a BBQ on the bank holiday, Monday 3rd May. 

More about catering...


Over the winter the leaky Ironing Room roof, part of the North Range roof, the chimneys and some windows have been repaired.

To learn more, click here.


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.

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Lucky Severn Lottery!

Please support the Mansion Trust by purchasing a ticket for this weekly local lottery.  The big prize is £25,000. And thanks to all who've already taken part - we've had several lucky winners!




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