Woodchester Mansion


Hidden in a secluded Cotswold valley, this 19th Century Victorian Gothic masterpiece was mysteriously abandoned mid-construction in 1873 and is untouched by time and the modern world.
Woodchester Mansion

This 19th Century Victorian Gothic masterpiece, situated five miles south of Stroud, was mysteriously abandoned mid-construction in 1873.

Hidden in a secluded Cotswold valley, it is untouched by time and the modern world. The Grade 1 Listed building has been saved from dereliction, but will never be completed.

Visitors to Woodchester Mansion walk through an extraordinary architectural exhibit and its carvings are among the finest of their kind in the world.

The mansion, which is home to two colonies of rare bats, has featured in a number of TV productions, including the 2006 BBC production of Dracula, where it was used as Dracula's dilapidated castle. The drama starred Marc Warren in the title role and also featured David Suchet.

Various other TV appearances have helped turn Woodchester Mansion into a regular haunt for ghost hunters. The TV programme Most Haunted Live featured the house in 2003, and again in 2005. The mansion has also featured on the ghost hunting show Hauntings as well as an episode of Ghost Hunters International.

 "Woodchester Mansion is one of the world’s most unusual buildings and is crying out to be shared with the masses," said Hannah McCanlis, manager of Woodchester Mansion. "If you are looking for somewhere that is like no other then look no further you’ve found it."

Woodchester Mansion Trust was founded to protect and to preserve this unique building for future generations and has pioneered a unique on-site masonry and traditional building skills training programme that is now being emulated across the UK.

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