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Woodchester Mansion

Woodchester Mansion
Woodchester Park, Nympsfield, Stonehouse, Glos. GL10 3TS

01453 861541

Woodchester Mansion is located near Stonehouse in the Cotswolds
Woodchester Mansion is located near Stonehouse in the Cotswolds

About Woodchester Mansion

Woodchester Mansion is a 19th Century Victorian Gothic masterpiece abandoned during construction in the mid-1860s. Hidden in a secluded Cotswold valley, Woodchester Mansion is untouched by time. The Grade I Listed Building will never be completed. It is cared for by the Woodchester Mansion Trust, who promote training courses in heritage skills such as stonemasonry at the Mansion.

Visitors can walk through the unique and astonishing building, understand how it was constructed, and discover why Woodchester Mansion was never finished. The Gothic architectural style is simple and beautiful, and the carvings are amongst the finest of their kind in the world. They include fantastic gargoyles and over forty stone animals, which fascinate young children.

Woodchester Mansion is home to Greater and Lesser horseshoe bats, both endangered species in Britain. The bats have been the subject of a long-term study spanning nearly sixty years. Visitors can watch the Mansion bats in their roosts live on our ‘Batcams’ in the Bat Observatory. Those who want to learn more about these fascinating creatures can join one of our evening Bat Experiences.

The Mansion is hidden in the 400-acre Woodchester Park which is managed by the National Trust. The Park offers visitors the perfect opportunity to explore unspoilt woodland and enjoy native wildlife including deer, badgers, buzzards, kingfishers and woodpeckers. Children can explore the play trail. The ancient woodland is home to bluebells, wild garlic and rare species of orchid.

Woodchester Mansion Visitor Details 2020

Woodchester Mansion Opening Times
3 April - 1 November
The Mansion will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week, and on Bank Holiday Mondays, between 11am - 5pm with last admission to the Mansion at 4pm.

Please park in the National Trust car park.

The Mansion is hidden in a secluded valley and is hard for some visitors to find. Go to the Woodchester Mansion website for full directions. 

Woodchester Mansion Admission Prices

  • Adults: £8.50
  • Concession: £7.50
  • Children’s under 16yrs: Free

On open days, Woodchester Mansion's catering partner Berry Blue Ltdwill serve hot and cold refreshments in the tea room. Also, subject to availability of the volunteers, we offer a minibus service up and down the one-mile long track and guided tours of the Mansion.

Check the Woodchester Mansion website for the latest details.

Dogs at Woodchester Mansion

Dogs are not permitted in the Mansion. However, dogs are permitted in Woodchester Mansion grounds, and some visitors to the Mansion tether their dogs outside the building while they visit the Mansion or while they go to the tea room.

More widely, dogs are permitted in the National Trust-owned Woodchester Park, though please note that throughout the year sheep and cattle are grazed in the Park and, therefore dogs should be kept under control at all times.

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