We are a small charity caring for a big and wonderful Mansion with a huge conservation bill.

To restore Woodchester Mansion to its condition when William Leigh died in 1873 we need at least £5m.

Like everyone else, we have found 2020 and 2021 very difficult. We were just ready to open to the public for the summer season in 2020 when covid struck with the lockdown in March.  We are normally open from April to October, and about 90% of our income comes in those seven months.

We were not able to open until August 2020, and then with restricted visitor numbers. With a small income from visitors, very little from events, and some much appreciated support in grants from the Heritage Emergency Fund and the Culture Recovery Fund, we made it through to 2021.

Since 1st April 2021 we have had no grant support. Like all historic houses, our public opening last year was delayed well into May, despite similar organisations like libraries being able to open. We had hoped to be back to normal after 21st June, but then our full opening was delayed again, to 23rd July.

We have only been open fully for three months in the last two years (out of a total of 14 possible months). We have had a partial opening for five more months, and been closed for 6 months. This has had a severe impact on our finances.

So all donations, large and small, are very welcome to help us keep our conservation plans for the Mansion on track.

We now have an online donation option with People's Fundraising. 

Please click here to make a one-off donation.

Please click here to make a regular donation.

Alternatively, please contact the office.

Tel: 01453 861 541


We look forward to welcoming you at the Mansion in 2022. Please visit us.



Legacies to the Woodchester Mansion Trust will be gratefully received. Leaving money in your will ensures that it continues to do good after your death, and helps the charity preserve the Mansion for future generations. In the case of large estates, there is the benefit that charitable donations are exempt from inheritance tax.

You do not have to remake your will to add a legacy; a simple codicil will suffice. Please refer to the Trust by the full official title:

The Woodchester Mansion Trust Limited, Charity Number 900315. 

If you wish, one of our trustees will be happy to discuss, in confidence, any plans you have for legacies. Please contact the office.

2022 Open Day Season

We are open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, and Bank Holidays
Friday 1st April to Sunday 30th October from 11am-5pm.

For details - and how to reach the Mansion - please see Visiting Us page.