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Address: Beckford Tower Lansdown Tower, Bath BA1 9BH, England
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+44 1225 460705
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Sat - Sun 10:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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Interesting Place - Great Backstory

This place has a great story and good views. I think it is ideal if you build a visit into a walk, there's a nice pub nearby too.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Bath, United Kingdom
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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has a great story and good views. I think it is ideal if you build a visit into a walk, there's a nice pub nearby too.

Thank pauliem1
Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's only open a few days per year, but is well worth taking the time to visit when you can get inside. It's a dizzying experience, visiting the family history and life of William Beckford, and the views over the West of the city are just as good as you'd expect. It is sobering to have such a tangible link... More 

Thank T1m0te1
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

I came to this place by happenstance and had a lovely couple of hours wandering around with friends admiring the views and also the grounds and cemetery which is a very quiet contemplative outdoor space.

Thank BathForest72
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

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 

Thank PebbleL
Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 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 

2 Thank AngusmacTV
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 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 

1 Thank floydman51
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 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 

3 Thank SusanaTrell
North West England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 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 

7 Thank Sue00do
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 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 

Thank hickmagp
Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 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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