When we went we there was an extremely helpful guide. She knew a lot about Beckford and his eccentric life. Was a pleasure to learn about his history and when you get to the top... read more
Beckford's Tower is now closed for the winter, reopening on 5 March 2016....
Beckford's Tower is now closed for the winter, reopening on 5 March 2016.
The elegant, golden-topped neo-classical tower on Lansdown Hill was built by Henry Goodridge in 1827 as a retreat for the brilliant writer and eccentric William Beckford. Born to great wealth and endowed with precocious talent Beckford created magnificent buildings in which to store his extraordinary art, furniture and book collections. Today the tower houses a museum dedicated to Beckford.
The magnificent spiral staircase sweeps up to the Belvedere with its ornately gilded lantern affording breath-taking views over Bath and the surrounding countryside. At the foot of the tower is the Victorian cemetery, once part of Beckford’s pleasure garden, where both he and Goodridge lie buried.
Check the website for our regular ‘Behind the Scenes’ tours of otherwise private parts.
Exhibition 4 June – 30 October: The Towers of Bath