Beckford's Tower & Museum

Local nameBeckford's Tower
LocationBath, Somerset, United Kingdom

Beckford's Tower, originally known as Lansdown Tower, is an architectural folly built in neo-classical style on Lansdown Hill, just outside Bath, Somerset, England. The tower and its attached railings are designated as a Grade I listed building. Along with the adjoining Lansdown Cemetery it is Grade II listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England.The tower was built for William Thomas Beckford, a rich novelist, art collector and critic, to designs by Henry Goodridge and completed in 1827. Beckford used it as a library and a retreat, with the cupola at the top acting as a belvedere providing views over the surrounding countryside. The Italianate building at the base of the tower housed drawing rooms and a library. Extensive grounds between Beckford's house in Lansdown Crescent were landscaped and planted to create Beckford's Ride.

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Opening hours

March – November 2015:
Sat, Sun, Bank Holiday Mon: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(Last entry at 4:30 p.m.)


Adults: £4.50
Seniors, students, disabled: £3.50
Children (6 - 16): £2
Children under 6: free
Family: £10

More information and contact


Official website


More info at VisitBath

Phone +44 1225 460 705

Address Lansdown Road, Bath, BA1 9BH, UK

Coordinates 51°24'23.09" N -2°22'43.675" E

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