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Woodchester Mansion

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Address: Woodchester Mansion Woodchester Park, Stonehouse, Stroud GL10 3TS, England
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Woodchester Mansion is a 19th Century Victorian Gothic masterpiece...

Woodchester Mansion is a 19th Century Victorian Gothic masterpiece mysteriously abandoned mid-construction in 1873. Hidden in a secluded Cotswold Valley, it is untouched by time and the modern world. This unique Grade 1 Listed Building has been saved from dereliction but it will never be completed, enabling visitors to view the secret building techniques of medieval Gothic builders. Special events are held throughout the year, but do check our open days and times before visiting.

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Beautiful but sad

So we went to one of the saddest places I have seen. Woodchester Mansion is a Gothic shell that was never completed after 25 painstaking years. Because William Leigh was such a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 29, 2016
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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137 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

So we went to one of the saddest places I have seen. Woodchester Mansion is a Gothic shell that was never completed after 25 painstaking years. Because William Leigh was such a perfectionist what should of been an amazing monument to Gothic architecture, will never be. As it is an unfinished building, take heed of the warning signs. It is... More 

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Tetbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

This awesome piece of unfinished architecture cannot fail to inspire. I first visited around 20 years ago when it was first opened, and apart from making it a bit safer to walk around, I still get a buzz whenever I visit. If you just fancy a great walk, pass the house on your left and venture deep into the woods.... More 

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Thank Antony S
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

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 the lakes. A must !!

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Thank gillianlaw2016
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

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 signage around the house explaining what the room was / would of been. Whilst you are given a map there is no set route so you... More 

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Thank bluecloud2016
Stroud, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

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 building, great history, tours are really interesting and you can help to save a wonderful building.

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Thank SimonS220267
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

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 property with opening times etc posted on the notice board outside the house. It was closed when we came across it and I couldn't... More 

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Thank Jackie M
Stroud, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

.......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 they wanted to) - carved over many years as time permitted (thank you Mr Hawking et al) by a minted (and probably slightly dotty) family.... More 

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Thank tombparker
Grantham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

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 handy roadside sign announcing Sheep Races near the Mansion helped us on our way! It's set in parkland which is waymarked... More 

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Forest of Dean, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

Really interesting to find out how such a house was constructed, it answered questions that I had never thought of. Very warm welcome from volunteers, plenty to see and some good information. We had a sandwich lunch n the house which was very good, great service. Really enjoyed the day in this peaceful valley. Just a shame that it's a... More 

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Gloucester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

I have been here many times with my puppies and can while away several hours walking the estate. I have yet to have a tour of the house itself but the grounds are an absolute must see.

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