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Address: Beckford Tower Lansdown Tower, 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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Being a bit of a folly buff and living In North Somerset I finally managed to get up to Lansdown on Saturday afternoon to visit the tower. I was going to go during the week but it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
floydman51
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Somerset,England

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Somerset,England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Being a bit of a folly buff and living In North Somerset I finally managed to get up to Lansdown on Saturday afternoon to visit the tower. I was going to go during the week but it appears to be only open at weekends. Anyway we found a space in the small car park and our first reaction was that... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tucked away on the very limits of Bath and not very well known to visitors or locals lays this tower house. Bus 31 will take you very close but you will still need to walk 4" or so. Build for Beckford towards the end of his life around two and a half centuries ago to escape boredom from Bath and... More 

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North West England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

We stayed in the Landmark Trust apartment in Beckford's Tower for four nights. Situated on the ground floor, the Scarlet drawing room has been restored to it's former glory, recreating the gothic grandeur on a domestic scale with silk covered walls and gold embellishments. We had access to the tower which we climbed every day. The museum is on the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Went to beckford's tower on a behind the scenes guided tour. Went down into the basement to see the old heating system and well and up to the very top of the tower. Interesting to learn all about Beckford and his garden and tower. The tower was restored in the late 1990s and need more work now to prevent roof... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

It's easy to miss Beckford's Tower as you drive in or out of Bath but it's well worth taking the trouble to find it and learn more about William Beckford and experience the tower he built to use on a daily basis. The volunteer guides are fonts of knowledge and the admission fee seemed very reasonable, especially the family ticket.

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Thank pogleswould
Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

We rushed to get to the tower on a Bank Holiday Monday afternoon as the rain and cloud lifted ten minutes before the advertised closing time. Fascinating story explained to us by the stewards. Good views from the top and from the surrounding cemetery, itself worthy of a walk around.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

We spent a three night break in the Landmark Trust accommodation here. It has been beautifully restored and atmospherically furnished. Very quiet. The surrounding cemetery is fascinating for a wander. The tower is only open at weekends but the view is spectacular.

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Bristol
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

An excellent place to visit and lots of history revealed. You need to be prepared to walk up lots of stairs but well worth it and really well presented

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Thank BristolPete1
Bath
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

So much to see and do, great places to eat and watch life, yet it is not a large city and easy to re-locate if confused and the 'locals' are friendly and helpful !

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

Annoying - the website said it was open to the public but it is not - you will have to wait until Easter. Sure it will be a good visit but black mark for having a website putting out wrong info. We did peer in to see Landmark Trust residents looking a little surprise. On the other hand - this... More 

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