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WOODCHESTER MANSION is a unique and amazing Grade 1 listed Victorian Gothic house hidden in a beautiful Cotswold valley.

It is an unfinished masterpiece. Building started about 1857, but stopped in ...

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About Woodchester Mansion Trust

WOODCHESTER MANSION is a unique and amazing Grade 1 listed Victorian Gothic house hidden in a beautiful Cotswold valley.

It is an unfinished masterpiece. Building started about 1857, but stopped in the mid-1860s so floors and ceilings are missing, walls not plastered and windows unglazed. All the secrets of the construction of the Mansion are visible - something visitors will never see in another country house.


The Mansion was designed by a young local architect, Benjamin Bucknall from Rodborough. He produced a unique Gothic Revival house which blends the local traditional work in limestone with the ideas of the French architectural thinker Viollet-le-Duc.

If you are interested in the Mansion and its history we have a book.

The quality of the stone carvings in the Mansion is outstanding: some are inspired by the plants in the surrounding valley and others are life-like images of animals. There are also real mammals to be seen as the Mansion houses breeding colonies of Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats.

Owned by Stroud District Council, the Mansion is managed by the Woodchester Mansion Trust (it is not a National Trust property). On Open Days visitors can see how the house was built, admire the fine carvings and look at the bats on CCTV. Refreshments are available, we have a gift shop and the surrounding Woodchester Park (National Trust) can be explored. It is also possible to arrange private tours and hire of the Mansion.

Recently added opportunities

Organisation role · Flexible hours · Starting from 3 Mar
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Tour Guides
We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable and flexible Tour Guides for our Open Days and events.Posted by Woodchester Mansion Trust
Organisation role · Flexible hours · Starting from 3 Mar
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Reception and ticket desk volunteers
We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable and flexible reception and ticket desk volunteers.Posted by Woodchester Mansion Trust
Organisation role · Flexible hours · Starting from 3 Mar
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Minibus drivers
Friendly, flexible, fit and confident drivers between the age of 25-75.Posted by Woodchester Mansion Trust
Organisation role · Flexible hours
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Volunteer Cleaner Required
We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable and flexible cleaning volunteersPosted by Woodchester Mansion Trust
Organisation role · Flexible hours
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Fundraising and Marketing the Mansion
We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable and flexible volunteers to help with fundraising and marketing the MansionPosted by Woodchester Mansion Trust
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Bat Talk Volunteer
We are looking for passionate, knowledgeable, reliable and flexible bat talk volunteersPosted by Woodchester Mansion Trust

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