Woodchester Mansion is a 19th century Victorian Gothic Revival building abandoned mid-construction. Set in a secluded Cotswold valley and untouched by time and the modern world, this Grade I listed building was saved from dereliction but will never be completed. The Mansion is situated in National Trust-owned Woodchester Park. Park in the NT car park and either walk two thirds of a mile to the Mansion or use the Mansion's hourly minibus service, which leaves from the bottom of the car park steps and ramp. Check website for availability of minibus.
There are no WCs in the NT car park.
The Mansion has three floors but the majority is visible from ground floor level.
There is level access from the main entrance to:Entrance HallThe Main CorridorTicket / information deskThe ServeryThe ShopDining RoomThe LibraryDrawing RoomThe ChapelThe East CorridorThe Tea RoomThe StaircasesGrounds and Gardens
There is level access from the car park to:Picnic Area
Access with steps
There are steps from the main entrance to:The Cellars
Travel by public transport
There is a very infrequent bus (currently Stagecoach number 65) which runs from Stoud to Dursley and stops in Nympsfield village but not near to the Mansion. Check websites www.stagecoachbus.com or www.bustimes.org for times. There is approximately a mile and a half walk from Nympsfield village to the Mansion.
Travel by taxi
Please check with any taxi firm that they are prepared to bring you into the National Trust car park. The Mansion provides an hourly minibus service on Open Days, which leaves from the bottom of the National Trust car park steps and ramp. Please see the website for minibus times and availability as it varies due to availability of volunteers. There is no provision to lift a wheelchair onto the minibus. However if you have mobility issues you can arrange to drive all the way down to the Mansion. Telephone the Mansion on 01453 861541, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4pm, to discuss this. Please call during office hours at least 24 hours before you plan to visit.
Full access details for the National Trust car park can be found on the National Trust website here https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woodchester-park#Facilities%20and%20access
The car park and the land (Woodchester Park) around Woodchester Mansion are owned by the National Trust. Full access details for Woodchester Park can be found on the National Trust website here https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woodchester-park#Facilities%20and%20access
Path to main entrance
Although the front door is a manual door it is wedged open all the time the Mansion is open to the public. The access to the front door has a stone chipped path.
Getting around inside
Visual Impairment - General Information
Ticket/ information desk
Ticket / information desk
The ticket/information desk is situated in the Entrance Hall. You can buy your tickets here, buy ice creams and pay for any items that you have chosen from the shop. NB there are no toilet facilities inside the Mansion. The Mansion toilets are outside and around the back of the building.
Things to See and Do
This area houses the Ticket/Information desk and the ice cream sales. There are no ceilings in the Entrance Hall so there are views up into the higher levels of the Mansion. This area has a wooden floor. The door into the Entrance Hall is a designated fire exit.
The Main Corridor
When you leave the Entrance Hall you enter the Main Corrider which has a wooden floor. There is access from here to most of the downstairs rooms. If you turn right you head to the Dining Room, Library, Drawing Room, Chapel etc. If you turn left you head to the Shop, Servery, Tea Room and Kitchen.
The Shop can be accessed along the Tea Room Corridor from the Entrance Hall. There are a selection of artefacts in the cabinets there, plus guide books and souvenirs available to buy. There is a TV in the shop with a video showing an artist’s impression of a projected completion of the Mansion. It also shows some of the upstairs rooms. The video is 11 minutes in duration and does not have subtitles.
Place to eat and drink
The Servery can be accessed by turning left out of the Entrance Hall and is along the corridor on the left, or alternatively you can access it when you come through the Kitchen. The Servery sells light lunches, cakes, hot and cold drinks and alcohol to be consumed either in the Tea Room or outside at the picnic tables. The volunteers in the Servery are happy to carry your purchases to your choice of eating area.
The Dining Room is accessed from the Main Corridor or from the Library. The entrance to this room from the Main Corridor is over an uneven stone surface. It can however by accessed more easily from the Library. There are no ceilings in the Dining Room so there are views upwards into the higher levels of the Mansion. There are doors leading to the Library and then onto the Drawing Room. This area has a wooden floor.
You can access the Library either from the Dining Room, the Drawing Room or the Main Corridor. There are views from here into the higher levels of the Mansion. This area has a wooden floor.
You can access the Drawing Room either from the Library or the Main Corridor. This room is finished and is often used for wedding ceremonies. This area has a wooden floor.
The Chapel has a stone vaulted ceiling with some very interesting roof bosses which can also be viewed through a mirror situated in the middle of the Chapel. This area has a wooden ramp from the Priests Door into here and it has a limecrete floor.
The East Corridor
Leaving the Chapel you pass by the Sacristy and the Game Larder. The floors in the East Corridor and the rooms off this change from wooden to an uneven earth floor.
The Back (North Range) Corridor
The Back Corridor leads to the Laundry (turn right) and the Kitchen (turn right). The floor in the Back Corridor is an uneven earth floor. At either end of the Back Corridor there is a designated fire exit.
The Laundry has an uneven earth floor. There are views from here up into the Ironing Room.
The Kitchen has an uneven stone floor. This room leads through to the Tea Room, Servery, Shop and back to the Entrance Hall.
The Tea Room
The Tea Room can be accessed by turning left out of the Entrance Hall and is at the end of the corridor on the left, or alternatively you can access it when you come through the Kitchen. It has wooden tables and chairs. The chairs can be repositioned to allow wheelchairs at the tables. Only food purchased in the Servery can be consumed in here.
The Cellars are accessed from the Tea Room Corridor. There are chambers off to both sides of the Cellars. The steps to the Cellars are wooden and with a handrail. The floor is uneven and potentially slippy.
There are two main staircases leading up to the first floor, both made of stone. The staircase off the Tea Room corridor has a handrail but the Grand Staircase off the Main Corridor does not. There is a wooden staircase from the first floor to the second floor with a handrail and a stone spiral staircase with no handrail. All of the upstairs floors have wooden floors. These staircases lead to the Bat Observatory, the Bathroom, the Clock Tower Staircase, the First Floor Corridor, the Master Bedroom and the Chapel Balcony (spiral staircase). All the staircases have around 20 steps.
Getting around outside
Picnic area with picnic tables on lawn area. Mostly level surface but not smooth and a lot of grassed area. The picnic tables are reserved for the use of visitors consuming food bought in The Servery.
Grounds and Gardens
Customer care support
Interpretation boards and hanging banners
Emergency evacuation procedures
Customer care support
Driving down to the Mansion can be arranged for people with accessibility requirements. Please give at least 1 working day's notice. This would remove the need for the 15 minute walk from the National Trust car park to the Mansion. The Mansion toilets are outside and around the back and the access is fairly level. Our accessible toilet is left hand transfer.
This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for those with access needs, but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services that we offer all our guests/visitors