Beckfords Tower Museum
... William Beckford’s architectural folly built in neo-classical style on Lansdown Hill
Visit another of Bath’s intriguing buildings and follow in the footsteps of William Beckford and climb to the top of this delightful retreat.
This 120 ft high folly was built by Henry Edmund Goodridge in 1825 for the eccentric William Beckford as a study retreat and to house some of his precious collection of art and rare books.
Beckford lived in Lansdown Crescent and had the tower built at the end of some pleasure gardens called Beckford’s Ride which ran from his house up to the top of Lansdown Hill.
The museum is home to a display of furniture made for the tower along with paintings, prints and objects displaying Beckford’s life as a writer and patron of the arts.
Visitors can climb the spiral staircase in the footsteps of Beckford himself to the restored Belvedere as wonder at the stunning panoramic views over Bath and the surrounding countryside.
The Tower is owned by the Bath Preservation Trust and managed by the Beckford Tower Trust. Further visitor details can be found at the website.
Other attractions in the area:
Sally Lunns historic eating house
Bath Theatre Royal
No 1 Royal Crescent
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015