How to find Woodchester Mansion
Woodchester Mansion is hidden in a quiet sheltered valley about 5miles south of Stroud. The seclusion has contributed to the survival of the Mansion, but makes it hard for some visitors to find. Please read all the instructions if you are not familiar with the area!
The Mansion is sited in Woodchester Park, near the village of Nympsfield. The Park is owned by the National Trust (but the Mansion is not an NT property). However, visitors are asked to park in the NT car park. The entrance to this is on a minor road that runs from the B4066 (Stroud to Dursley road) to Nympsfield. The turning to Nympsfield is close to the Coaley Peak viewing point. The entrance to the NT car park is on the left, about 250 yards from the junction with the B4066.
Please do not use the Mansion postcode in your SatNav. If you do this unfortunately many systems will take you from the A46 to the E end of Woodchester Park in the village of South Woodchester. There is no access to the Park or the Mansion from here, the road is narrow, it is hard to turn and extra visitors inconvenience local residents.
It is much better to use 'Woodchester Park' or 'Woodchester Mansion' if these are options on your SatNav. You can also input the villages of Selsley or Uley, which are on the B4066 which goes past the turning to Nympsfield, where you will find the entrance to the NT car park.
The grid reference for the turning from the B4066 to Nympsfield is SO 79528 01420 and the entrance is at Latitude 51.711N Longitude 2.298W.
Woodchester Mansion, Nympsfield, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.
ROUTE FROM THE M5
Leave the motorway at Junction 13 and use the A419 heading towards Stroud. Turn right at the first roundabout to take you to the village of Eastington where you turn left towards Frocester. Keep straight on at the junction in Frocester (signposted Nympsfield, Tetbury) and up Frocester Hill. At the top of this long winding hill turn left onto the B4066. The turning to Nympsfield is then about half a mile on the right - just after you pass the entrance to the Coaley Peak viewpoint and picnic area on your left.
ROUTE FROM THE M4 EASTBOUND
Leave the M4 at Junction 20 (Almondsbury Interchange) and join the M5 northbound. Leave the M5 at Junction 13, and follow directions as above.
ROUTE FROM THE A46 TRAVELLING SOUTH
Go to the town of Nailsworth and continue south on the A46 towards Bath. Turn right off the A46 on to the B4058, signposted Horsley 1 mile. The turning is approx. 1/4 mile after the roundabout in the town centre. Go up the hill through Horsley then, after approx. 2 miles, the recycling centre is on your right. At the T-junction just beyond the recycling centre, turn right, signposted Nympsfield, Frocester. After 2 miles turn right at crossroads onto the B4066, signposted Selsley, Stroud. In approx. half a mile you will see a Brown Sign to turn right to Woodchester Park (just past a picnic area sign to the left).
Important: On the A46 going south from Stroud to Nailsworth you will see signs to the villages of North and South Woodchester. Ignore these and continue to Nailsworth. There is no access to the Mansion from S Woodchester, and visitors' cars disturb local residents.
ROUTE FROM M4 WESTBOUND AND A46 TRAVELLING NORTH
At M4 Junction 18 take A46 North signposted Stroud. At traffic lights at crossroads of A46 and A4135 (approx. 12 miles north of M4 Junction 18) turn left on to the A4135. After 2.75 miles turn right, signposted Nympsfield, Frocester. After half a mile turn right at the junction with the B4058, signposted Horsley, Nailsworth, Frocester. After another half mile the B4058 turns right to the recycling centre and Horsley and Nailsworth, keep straight on here (small signpost to Nympsfield, Frocester). After 2 miles, turn right at crossroads on to B4066, signposted Selsley, Stroud. In approx. half a mile you will see a Brown Sign to turn right to Woodchester Park (just past a picnic area sign to the left).