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Beckford's Tower & Museum

Lansdown Road, Bath, BA1 9BH

Type:Museum

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Beckford's Tower & Museum

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Book a guided tour or self-led visit and follow in William’s footsteps, following Beckford’s Ride up to the Tower, which is now home to a museum displaying original furniture that has been found and brought back to the Tower, alongside paintings, prints and objects, illustrating his controversial life. You can also climb the spiral staircase to the beautiful Belvedere and experience the spectacular, panoramic views.

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.

Please contact the museum to find out more about exclusive tours.

 

Access information

The museum is located on the first floor of the Tower building and access is up a flight of stairs. The Tower itself has 154 steps to the Belvedere at the top.

A panoramic tour of the Tower and Museum on CD is available on request. Please contact the museum for further information.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£4.50 per ticket
Child£2.00 per ticket
Family£10.00 per ticket

Concessions, students and group rates available.

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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Steps to main entrance

Establishment Features

  • Event Venue

Key Features

  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route
  • On site parking

Show Facilities

Awards

  • Visit EnglandQuality Assured Visitor Attraction Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2019

Opening Times

Opening (4 Mar 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - FridayClosed*
Saturday - Sunday10:30 - 17:00*

* Open weekdays by arrangement.

Opening hours: 10.30am-5.00pm, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Events

Thursday, 28th July 2022 - Thursday, 28th July 2022

Thursday, 4th August 2022 - Thursday, 4th August 2022

Thursday, 11th August 2022 - Thursday, 11th August 2022

Thursday, 18th August 2022 - Thursday, 18th August 2022

Thursday, 25th August 2022 - Thursday, 25th August 2022

Family at Beckford's Tower & Museum, Bath Summer Craft Days at Beckford's Tower & MuseumEvery Thursday during the Summer holidays, Beckford's Tower and Museum will be running free, drop-in craft sessions. 
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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Head north out of Bath on Lansdown Road, following signs for Bath Race Course and Lansdown Park & Ride. Limited Parking. If visiting Bath for the day park in the Lansdown Park & Ride car park, the Tower is within sight, only a 7-minute walk away!From junction 18 of M4 take the A46 to Bath and follow signs for Bath Racecourse. The Tower is half a mile past the racecourse on the right.

Public Transport Directions

By Bus: take no. 2 bus (no. 702 on Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays) from Bath Bus Station to Ensleigh or Lansdown Park & Ride bus from Milsom Street.

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Map and Directions

Road Directions

Head north out of Bath on Lansdown Road, following signs for Bath Race Course and Lansdown Park & Ride. Limited Parking. If visiting Bath for the day park in the Lansdown Park & Ride car park, the Tower is within sight, only a 7-minute walk away!From junction 18 of M4 take the A46 to Bath and follow signs for Bath Racecourse. The Tower is half a mile past the racecourse on the right.

Public Transport Directions

By Bus: take no. 2 bus (no. 702 on Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays) from Bath Bus Station to Ensleigh or Lansdown Park & Ride bus from Milsom Street.

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