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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.

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