Beckford's Tower and Museum

Somerset, BA1 9BH

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This spectacular landmark was built in the 1820s as a study retreat for William Beckford (1760-1844): writer, eccentric and one of the great British collectors.

Beckford's Tower

It houses a unique collection of objects, paintings and furniture, commissioned and owned by William Beckford, through which visitors can explore his remarkable life. The 120-foot neo-classical tower, designed by Henry Edmund Goodridge, offers spectacular panoramic views of Bath and the surrounding countryside.

Late availability at Beckford's Tower

Valid to 31 December 2017

The Landmark Trust is a building preservation charity that rescues historic buildings at risk and lets them for holidays. We're partnering with this important charity to offer you the chance to book late availability at Beckford's Tower in Bath.

Beckford’s Tower sleeps up to four people and the museum is free to enter with a National Art Pass. The tower is only one mile from the World Heritage city of Bath, making it the perfect base to explore the cultural offerings of the city from. Visit the Fashion Museum, Roman Baths and the Holburne Museum; all free or discounted entry with a National Art Pass. Beckford’s Tower was designed by eccentric connoisseur and collector William Beckford as his museum and treasure house, its main interiors are as gorgeous as the objects they housed. Perched above Bath, there are fine views of the city from the gilded belvedere tower.

Art Fund is partnering up with the Landmark Trust on its eclectic mix of historic buildings across Britain. The charity rescues buildings at risk, restores them and lets them out for breaks costing as little as £16 per person per night. Now the charity has nearly 200 unusual buildings across England, Scotland and Wales - from castles and cottages to follies and mills.

Why not make a weekend of it and stay in the sumptuous tower for a few nights? To book or for more information please visit the Landmark Trust website.

Art we’ve helped buy at Beckford's Tower and Museum

The Hanging Cabinet, made for William Beckford and probably designed by Beckford and the architect Henry Edmund Goodridge, is a superb example of the furniture Beckford commissioned during the final years of his life while living in Bath and the methods he used to display his impressive collection within Landsdown Tower, Bath.

A Silver gilt mounted lapis lazuli cup and cover with the Beckford crest by John Harris were acquired for the museum in 1990 with an Art Fund grant of £15,000 towards the total of £143,000.  

Venue information

Opening times

5 Mar – 30 Oct
Sat, Sun and Bank Holiday Mon, 10.30am – 5pm (last admission 4.30pm)

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)