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Woodchester Mansion, Stonehouse
(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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  • wonderful place full of history nature and nostalgia. A good guide around the inside of the mansion including the bat belfry. three magnificent walks around the park taking you to the boat house and t...  more »
  • Very interesting to walk round a never completed Victorian mansion. Children are free and adults are £7.50 which in view of the costs of keeping the property going is fair enough. There is ample signa...  more »
  • Woodchester Mansion is a gem to visit if you have any interest in history, architecture, ghosts or countryside. It is set down a long track (take your hiking boots) but is worth the walk. Fantastic bu...  more »
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  • Looked good from the outside and the staff were friendly. I was mistaken and thought it was national trust but it isn't. So I didn't go in because it was expensive
  • Wonderful. Sad, but wonderful! Some awesome mock gothic architecture, sadly unfinished as the owner ran out of funds. Haunting. A bricks and mortar testament to blind ambition. You can really feel the disappointment of unrealised dreams here.
  • Excellently laid out, very easy to see how these houses were constructed. Kids will love the spooky cellars and gargoyles.
  • 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!
  • Not many places you can see a half finished mansion. Well worth a look around and chatting to the friendly staff.