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Beckford's Tower

Beckford Tower Lansdown Tower | Lansdown near the Park and Ride carpark, Bath BA1 9BH, England
+44 1225 460705
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Quirky building overlooking Bath and environs

A delightful little museum to the memory of William Beckford a gentleman of considerable wealth and... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2018
Cliodna Rhys W
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Fantastic view

Fantastic view! It wasn't open when we went - it is closed during the week, so you just walked... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2018
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The elegant, golden-topped neo-classical tower on Lansdown Hill was built by Henry Goodridge in 1827 as a retreat for the brilliant writer and eccentric William Beckford. Born to great wealth and endowed with precocious talent Beckford created magnificent buildings in which to store his extraordinary art, furniture and book collections. Today the tower houses a museum dedicated to Beckford. The magnificent spiral staircase sweeps up to the Belvedere with its ornately gilded lantern affording breath-taking views over Bath and the surrounding countryside. At the foot of the tower is the Victorian cemetery, once part of Beckford’s pleasure garden, where both he and Goodridge lie buried.
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Beckford Tower Lansdown Tower | Lansdown near the Park and Ride carpark, Bath BA1 9BH, England
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

A delightful little museum to the memory of William Beckford a gentleman of considerable wealth and leisure a collector and importer of European style to this area. The view from the tower would have been excellent on a very clear day but less so on...More

Thank Cliodna Rhys W
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Fantastic view! It wasn't open when we went - it is closed during the week, so you just walked around, but it was worth it.

Thank DDimanova
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Bath is famous for its Roman and Georgian heritage and for anyone that wants to find out about a significant character from its colourful pas, then a trip up Lansdown to view this unique building should be on your list. If possible pick a clear...More

Thank Carlos A
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

I didn’t know what to expect when it was suggested to visit Beckford’s Tower. It’s a quiet out of the way place surrounded by somewhat wild garden and an old cemetery. Somewhat eccentric but really interesting with helpful staff on site.

Thank BathForest72
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Reviewed 21 January 2018

I return to the tower regularly when I have visitors. It is a convenient location to take them to get a sense of the area. The cemetery next door where Beckford resides is worth a visit and also has a good view.

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Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

We’ve just returned after joining friends for 3 days during their 5 day stay. The tower apartment was beautiful. Great history, decor and totally stunning views. Everything about this stay was quality from the art work to kitchen equipment etc. Bit shocked to see people...More

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Reviewed 2 September 2017

The view from the tower is breathtaking. We went on a sunny early September day. We climbed up to the top and spent a good 10 minutes in the viewing section. It was really is outstanding! The ladies at the door were fun and helpful,...More

Thank SHH8
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

We drove past the entrance twice before we found it as the signposts are a little misguided. The walk to the top of the tower was easy and the view is absolutely breathtaking. The staff are most informative. If you are interested in the history...More

Thank Cattracey
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Reviewed 29 July 2017

I took the bus up from Bath on Monday to find the tower closed. Very disappointed but walked around the cemetery and decided I had not wasted my time coming here. The cemetery is beautiful with lots of purple flowers and the view from the...More

Thank AnnaNLCH
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

The tower allows some nice views over the countryside. The William Beckford Museum beside the tower has some interesting artifacts; however, the viewing level of the tower is only abou 3/4 the way to the top - a bit disappointing. fortunately we there on a...More

Thank SFrances C
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johnwade06
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Response from Janey A | Property representative |
Hello It's extremely rare for the slots to all be full, but should that be the case the Lansdown Park and Ride car park is only 500 m away. Hope to see you soon! Janey
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