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Woodchester Mansion Trust, Stonehouse

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Architectural Building Tourist Spot
Take a tour of an unfinished Gothic revival building, Woodchester Mansion Trust. 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 Trust and other Stroud attractions using our handy Stroud itinerary builder.
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  • I've been here a few times now and each time it never fails to amaze me just how beautiful it is. I haven't yet been around the house but i have walked around the paths along the lake, sat by the old ...  more »
  • This ' is not a National Trust property', but they do own areas around the manor. Council own it and lease it to The Woodland Trust. A bit of a walk, but worth it , try not to pick a rainy day,unless ...  more »
  • To see how the Victorians built a stone mansion - come here. The roof is on, but most of the house is half-built, allowing you to see the inner construction from the bell-pulls to the fireplaces. The ...  more »
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  • Adults £7 with National Trust cards, £8 otherwise. Lots of rooms to explore. Looks like a great paranormal evening
  • Excellent place for a walk, not if you are old though as huts a very steep. Lots of places for kids to play and run around
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Fantastic walks and plenty of things for kids