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Woodchester Mansion Trust, Stroud

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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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  • The mile walk from the car park builds the anticipation and you'll not be disappointed. Well worth your time. Other reviews speak of the curiosity of this unfinished manor and it's well worth your.....  more
    The mile walk from the car park builds the anticipation and you'll not be disappointed. Well worth your time. Other reviews speak of the curiosity of this unfinished manor and it's well worth your.....  more »
  • The mansion is set in nice parkland and it is worth going for a walk through it. Note that there is a 1 mile walk from the national trust carpark down to the house. There is a minibus shuttle service....  more
    The mansion is set in nice parkland and it is worth going for a walk through it. Note that there is a 1 mile walk from the national trust carpark down to the house. There is a minibus shuttle service....  more »
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  • Woodchester mansion is an amazing Grade 1 listed building frozen in time when all construction stopped in 1873 on the passing of it's owner William Leigh. The mansion, managed by it's own trust & volunteers, is a fascinating place to visit to discover it's amazing history. There is a shuttle bus service down the valley from the National Trust car park, cafe & gift shop inside the mansion, toilet facilities, also surrounding woodland walks and a series of ponds with boathouse. Highly recommended to visit!
  • A lovely walk! The Mansion looks lovely but at the moment it looks like it's undergoing structural improvements, if you are there to see the Mansion and not to walk around the grounds maybe wait for a month or two to see it in it's full glory. The grounds in my opinion are the most interesting part, mainly because of the animals and the free aspect :p. Some parts of the trail can be quite challenging as it's steep and muddy in areas but it's a gradual incline so just take your time and wear walking boots :) it's really worth visiting. There is also a mini bus that can take you to and from the Mansion to the car park if you find it challenging to walk long distances, this is about 3 times a day, I'm not sure if it's free or not as we chose to walk instead. Also don't bother with their car park, you can park up by the free car park and walk across to the entrance of the land but it is a lot steeper to park there than their car park so it's up to you whether it's worth the £3 or not :) The free car park also has an amazing view so if you do choose the trust's car park, stop there before or afterwards to look at the view. Google free car park near me and it should come up once you reach the top of the hill. All in all a great day out :)

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