Woodchester Mansion Trust, Stroud

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · 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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Woodchester Mansion Trust and many more Stroud attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Stroud trip planner.
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  • Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave an excellent tour, sharing details of the building techniques used at the time the mansion was built. I also enjoyed learning about the resident bats in the.....  more »
  • love this place. the house is interesting and the ground including the ponds are a great place to sit/lounge in.  more »
  • The wealthy owner ran out of funds when the mansion was almost finished. It is still impressive and fascinating to see how buildings were constructed. Stone masonry courses are held and the building is looked after by enthusiasts who run an excellent cafe downstairs. The setting alone, idylic and run by the national trust, merits a day out even when the mansion isn't open (check online) but we were all pleased to have the chance to enjoy seeing inside.
  • What a fabulous day my wife, son and I had at the manor. After a 20 minute walk from the car park to the manor through beautiful countryside we arrived at the manor which has amazing history and is a sight to behold. Friendly helpful staff are there to answer all your questions and there is a cafe for light food and drinks. We took our son on the play trail walk, highly recommended if you have children. The scenery is just stunning here. Looking forward to visiting again before the weather changes. Easy 5 stars

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