William Beckford (1760-1844) was an extraordinary character who, at the age of nine, became the richest man in England. He spent his wealth on collecting beautiful objects and books and on building magnificent buildings to house them in; his first endevour was Fonthill Abbey, on his family's estate in Wiltshire, but after falling into debt he sold up and moved to Bath in 1822. Once in Bath, he bought three houses on Lansdown Crescent and set about creating a mile-long landscape garden from there to the top of Lansdown Hill which became the setting for Beckford's Tower.Take a look at our Bath online itinerary builder to schedule your visit to Beckford's Tower and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Beckford's Tower Reviews
Members of the Art Fund visit for free but, in response to a previous review, it is worth remembering that the entrance fees support the preservation of the building and the plans to develop access to... more »
I was frankly stunned by the welcome I received when I visited this curious structure in Bath. When I tried to pay for entry with a £20 Royal Bank of Scotland note the gentleman on duty looked at me a... more »
Excellent slice of intriguing history - something a bit different.
I can only recommend visiting. It‘s close to Bath and you‘ve got a great view from the top. There is a little museum as well with very nice staff. They gave me a little tour of the museum and answered my questions. The graveyard outside is great as well
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