Beckford’s Tower and Museum
This 120-foot neo-classical tower was built for wealthy eccentric William Beckford in 1827, and is the only surviving example of his great architectural achievements. Built as a study retreat, the tower housed part of Beckford’s art collection and library, one of the greatest collections of books, furniture and art in Georgian England.
Today, Beckford’s Tower contains a museum collection on the first floor, displaying items of furniture originally crafted for the residence, alongside paintings and objects illustrating Beckford’s life as a writer and collector.
Visitors can follow in Beckford’s footsteps and climb up the restored tower into the belvedere, for panoramic views over the Victorian Lansdown Cemetery and the rolling hills beyond.
Experience the 2019 exhibition, Pictures and Postcards: Beckford's Souvenirs. See how William Beckford recorded his European travels with sketches, commissioned paintings and writings, capturing the essence of famous cities and unusual landscapes at a time before the invention of photography.
There is a 48hour combination ticket available that includes a visit to No. 1 Royal Crescent, The Herschel Museum of Astronomy, plus The Museum of Bath Architecture
Adult: £4.60 per ticket
Child: £2.30 per ticket
Students/ Senior: £3.90 per ticket
Family: £11.50 per ticket
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- Guide dogs welcome
- Free parking
- On site parking
- Visit England Visitor Attraction
#37 of 123 things to do in Bath
Most Recent Traveller Reviews
17 Mar 2019: Visited Beckford’s Tower & Museum on a clear day so the views were pretty good. Friendly volunteers. The museum is quite small but has a few interesting artifacts. Is fairly expensive entrance fee...
17 Mar 2019: We got there just as another couple was leaving so we had literally the entire Tower to ourselves. We had been given a clip board highlighting what you could supposedly see from the top of the tower...
10 Feb 2019: Very interesting architecture and history, well worth investigating. Great for photography also, just be aware that after one hour you'll probably be done, depending on how fast you can get up and...