Lansdown Tower Bath BA1 9BH
Beckford’s Tower, otherwise known as Lansdown Tower, is located in the beautiful countryside just outside of the City of Bath.
The tower was designed by Henry Edmund Goodridge and was built in 1827 for William Beckford as a retreat and place to study. The tower is positioned a mile from the house along the landscaped gardens.
Beckford’s Tower is 120 feet tall and boasts a neo-classical architectural style, and was the home of Beckford’s art, books and collections. William used this tower as a place to display his collections and study while in exile.
The Beckford Scandal is well known in history as it led to William Beckford escaping to the countryside after the exposure of a relationship with another man was discovered. At the time, this was punishable by death, and carried great risks, therefore the safest thing for William to do was to retreat to the countryside and live out his life there.
The tower is now a museum with a collection of items from the tower’s original décor, including furniture, paintings, prints and pieces belonging to William Beckford.
When visiting the tower, you can climb to the top and take in the stunning views of the surrounding gardens and witness the incredible panoramic view of the City of Bath.
At the foot of the tower, you will find Lansdown cemetery, which is where William Beckford is buried. The site has over 5,000 graves, and is the final resting place for many of the well-known and significant residents that have lived in Bath through the centuries.
There are 154 steps up to the Belvedere at the top of the tower. There is an on-site car park outside the main entrance, along with more car parking for the cemetery. There are regular talks hosted here with various lectures on the history of the tower, William Beckford and the architecture and art collections housed here.