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Beckford's Tower

Beckford Tower Lansdown Tower, Bath BA1 9BH, England
+44 1225 460705
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Great view on a clear day

I return to the tower regularly when I have visitors. It is a convenient location to take them to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We’ve just returned after joining friends for 3 days during their 5 day stay. The tower apartment... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2017
Oxford, United Kingdom
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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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Beckford Tower Lansdown Tower, Bath BA1 9BH, England
+44 1225 460705
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I return to the tower regularly when I have visitors. It is a convenient location to take them to get a sense of the area. The cemetery next door where Beckford resides is worth a visit and also has a good view.

Thank johnnietoad
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

We’ve just returned after joining friends for 3 days during their 5 day stay. The tower apartment was beautiful. Great history, decor and totally stunning views. Everything about this stay was quality from the art work to kitchen equipment etc. Bit shocked to see people...More

Thank bloodypasswords
Reviewed 2 September 2017

The view from the tower is breathtaking. We went on a sunny early September day. We climbed up to the top and spent a good 10 minutes in the viewing section. It was really is outstanding! The ladies at the door were fun and helpful,...More

Thank SHH8
Reviewed 30 August 2017

We drove past the entrance twice before we found it as the signposts are a little misguided. The walk to the top of the tower was easy and the view is absolutely breathtaking. The staff are most informative. If you are interested in the history...More

Thank Cattracey
Reviewed 28 July 2017

I took the bus up from Bath on Monday to find the tower closed. Very disappointed but walked around the cemetery and decided I had not wasted my time coming here. The cemetery is beautiful with lots of purple flowers and the view from the...More

Thank AnnaNLCH
Reviewed 10 July 2017

The tower allows some nice views over the countryside. The William Beckford Museum beside the tower has some interesting artifacts; however, the viewing level of the tower is only abou 3/4 the way to the top - a bit disappointing. fortunately we there on a...More

Thank SFrances C
Reviewed 13 May 2017

We had a very quiet week staying at Beckfords Tower even though the museum was open to the public...the walls were very thick. It was a shock to us that there wasn't a tv, radio or wifi but after a couple of days we didn't...More

Thank Foxglove17
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Walked to the tower from central Bath on quite a grey day, still a great view from the top and also very knowledgeable staff who told us more about Beckford's life and context. The smell of the generator was slightly off-putting. The graveyard and trees...More

1  Thank Sarah K
Reviewed 18 March 2017

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
Reviewed 13 March 2017

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...More

1  Thank T1m0te1
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2 March 2016|
Response from Janey A | Property representative |
Hello It's extremely rare for the slots to all be full, but should that be the case the Lansdown Park and Ride car park is only 500 m away. Hope to see you soon! Janey