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Woodchester Mansion, Stonehouse

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 260 reviews on the web
Take a tour of an unfinished Gothic revival building, Woodchester Mansion. Construction began on the mansion in 1858, but ceased completely when the owner William Leigh died. Leigh's surviving family, significantly less interested in the mansion's austere design than Leigh himself, could not afford the cost of demolishing the building and starting over. Today the mansion, which appears completed from the outside, provides a unique insight into the techniques of Victorian stone masons. After admiring the unfinished rooms, gargoyles, and fine interior carvings of the house, take some time to explore the extensive gardens and grounds that surround it, including shady woods and several carp-filled lakes. A cafe on the grounds provides refreshments. Work out when and for how long to visit Woodchester Mansion and other Stroud attractions using our handy Stroud itinerary builder.
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  • We were staying at a cottage adjoining the estate and went for a walk. Came across this amazing, majestic, grand house. There didn't appear to be any signposts for it but it is a National Trust proper...  read more »
  • .......Clearly you get a fantastic oddity like Woodchester Mansion. The stonework is reputed to be some of the finest around (there is not enough quality stone left in the UK to finish it, even if the...  read more »
  • This Grade 1 listed house was unfinished when the owner died in the 19th century and will never now be completed. It certainly didn't want to give up it's location as the sat nav refused to play but a...  read more »
  • Absolutely stunning scenery and the Mansion is something else. The architectural design inside is gorgeous. So much history within one building.
  • This mansion is set in idyllic country side hidden from outside view. Lovely to walk down to the house. The mansion (much larger than I thought it would be) gives an interesting insight into how these old building were built. Roger our tour guide pointed out many features and was very informative. Well worth paying for the guide at £7.50 each. All in all, a great day out!
  • Great walk to the mansion (a hill but you can take a much flatter alternate route). Mansions itself is really interesting.
  • We went to Woodchester Park today arriving at approx. 11:15 soon after the house was open. The guided tour given by Sue was brilliant, she is very knowledgeable about the house and area and shares her knowledge in a friendly and humorous way. The tour was not rushed or too short. After the tour we were free to walk about the house as much as we liked until closing time at 5pm. We walked down to the lakes - it felt longer going down there than we expected, but well worth it. The walk back seemed a lot shorter. The house is a fascinating insight into how these mansion houses were built showing off all then hidden engineering features used. On the way back the bus driver shared lots of fascinating information about the park. I would thoroughly recommend a visit to this fascinating place.
  • Hired the Mansion for my 50th .... Absolutely amazing venue! Jo (caterer) was extremely helpful and pulled out all the stops on the night providing us with the most amazing table display stacked full of cheese, biscuits, bread, pickles and grapes which was at our request but then also threw in a selection of home made rocky road as her gift ... Absolutely delicious! So for a venue to amaze and delight your guests look no further than Woodchester Mansion which comes into its own once the sun goes down .... Love love loved it
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