Beckford's Tower and Museum

Beckford's Tower and Museum
Lansdown Road
Bath
Somerset
BA1 9BH
England

Website

www.bath-preservation-trust.org.uk

E-mail

beckford@bptrust.org.uk

Telephone

01225 460705

Fax

01225 481850

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Beckford’s Tower was designed by Henry Edmund Goodridge in 1825 and completed in 1827 for William Beckford (1760-1844), one of the nation’s most accomplished and interesting characters. The 120-foot neo-classical Tower, which enjoys uninterrupted views of the countryside, was constructed as a study retreat and to house Beckford’s precious collection of art and rare books.

The surrounding Victorian Cemetery, containing William Beckford’s tomb, was in his lifetime part of a beautiful pleasure garden known as ‘Beckford’s Ride’, which ran from his house in Lansdown Crescent up to the Tower at the top of Lansdown Hill.

The Tower is now home to a museum collection displaying furniture originally made for the Tower, alongside paintings, prints and objects illustrating William Beckford’s life as a writer, collector and patron of the arts.

Spiral Staircase

Visitors can follow in Beckford’s footsteps and climb the spiral staircase (pictured) to the beautifully restored Belvedere and experience the spectacular panoramic view of Bath.

The Tower is an extraordinary building that stands today as the only surviving example of William Beckford’s great architectural achievements.

Beckford’s Tower & Museum is owned by the Bath Preservation Trust, and administered by the Beckford Tower Trust.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

10.30am – 5.00pm
Open Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.
Weekdays by arrangement (£50.00 opening fee)

Admission charges

Adults: £3.00, Concessions: OAPs/students/disabled (carers free) £2.00, Children: 0-5 free, 6-16 £1.50
Group bookings: £3.00 per person, Schools:£2.00 (adults free), Family ticket: £8.00

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Views of Lansdown Tower

  • 15 March — 26 October 2014 *on now

Shortly after William Beckford died in 1844 the book Views of Lansdown Tower was published revealing the extraordinary building, interiors and collection he had created at his Tower in Bath.

This exhibition puts on display a copy of this significant book, alongside original watercolours, sketches and prints of this distinctive building.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission applies:
Adults: £4.00
Concessions: (seniors, students, disabled) £3.00 (carers free)
Ages 0-5: FREE
Ages 6-16: £1.50
Family ticket: £9.00

Website

http://beckfordstower.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/

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