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.
The museum's 2020 exhibition, Composing Airs: Beckford and Music, reveals why music was essential to William Beckford. Explore how listening to music gave him comfort, why performing was a means of escape, and how composing pieces was a way of immersing himself in his creative imaginings.