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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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Its well worth visiting Beckford's Tower to climb the colourful staircase and see the view of Bath from the top. There's also a lot of information on display about William... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Pontypool, United Kingdom
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Pontypool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its well worth visiting Beckford's Tower to climb the colourful staircase and see the view of Bath from the top. There's also a lot of information on display about William Beckford's eccentric life. If you're into romantic decay, the adjacent cemetary is well worth a visit, and you can pick up a trail guide from the museum, which lists some... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

For the price of the ticket you essentially get to climb the 155 odd steps of the tower, from where there are excellent views across Bath (if the weather is good) and a quick wonder around the two rooms which are open to the public. These sadly have been dismantled from their former glory, and so there is only a... More 

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Somerset,England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

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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3 Thank SusanaTrell
North West England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Maraval, Trinidad
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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