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Address: Lansdown Road, Bath BA1 9BH, England
Phone Number: 44-1225-460705
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10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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

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Can see for miles on a clear day.

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
bunit172
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Bath, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 of the tower there are lots of landmarks to try and spot.

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Thank bunit172
Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Great place to stay. dark in winter, lots of table lamps illuminating wonderful oil paintings. spooky on a wet winter night with only 2 people, next to the grave yard. Next to park and ride, easy 10 mins to Bath.

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Thank Johnboytraveler
Coventry, United Kingdom
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151 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We stayed in Beckford tower (can be booked through landmark trust) and it was outstanding. Julie the housekeeper keeps the place spotless and is happy to help with local knowledge. The miseum is closed over winter months but we were provided with a key to the tower and it felt a prividge to have it to ourselves. The bathroom and... More 

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Thank firefairie
Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

The staircase is the highlight of this grand folly, also known as the Lansdown Tower, built for William Beckford and designed by Henry Goodridge, completed in 1827. The view from the top of the tower is worth the price of admission on its own but there are plenty of other features to discover especially the stunning staircase. A must view... More 

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Thank Martin P
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

I wasn't sure what to expect This is a fascinating building To see and experience it properly you must book a guided tour. Ring them to book. If you go on your own you will not benefit from the vast knowledge and experience of the tour guide. The history is fascinating and well worth a visit The actual building could... More 

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Thank Martin D
Leeds Uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

A quirky place to visit, full of history, there is not many place like it, so if you are passing stop by.

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Thank chrism1966
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Very interesting . We visited in clear weather; wonderful views. The Duty Manager , Alana was most informative and spontaneously took us around the museum. We couldn't return on Monday for the normal special tour.

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Thank amanda173
Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

At the top of Lansdown, Bath. There is a place that has to be seen. Remember to check on opening times. Mostly weekends only. But the view is amazing so try and go on a sunny clear day. But still worth a view on a wet day.

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Thank karen041055
bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Great vantage point, views for miles and some famous people in the graveyard next door, I'm lucky to Have this place on my doorstep, great place to relax and lose yourself for a few hours, well worth a visit

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Thank nickbushy
Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Despite its quirkiness, Beckfords tower is incredibly underwhelming. With so many other beautiful things to see in Bath, its easily skipped in the knowledge that you really haven't missed much. I'm sure that when Beckford built his tower it was a true spectacle. Now, at £4 a pop, it feels like a lot of money to take in the view... More 

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