Beckford’s Tower and Museum

This 120 foot tall neo-classical tower is a much loved feature in Bath. Built for William Beckford and designed by Henry Edmund Goodridge, the tower was thought of something of a folly by locals at the time. Used as a retreat and library by Beckford himself until his death in 1844, the tower has many beautiful features such as oak panelled ceilings and a 154 step spiral staircase which leads to the opulent belvedere at the top.

The tower has had a varied history and was once opened as a beer garden, since 1993 Beckford’s Tower has been owned and cared for by the Bath Preservation Trust. Open today as a museum and important part of the heritage of the city, the tower can be viewed by visitors to the area and offers fantastic views to those who climb the staircase to the top.

The museum at Beckford’s Tower has many wonderful pieces of furniture, paintings and other artistic objects either made for the tower or collected by William Beckford. Enjoy a day out at the tower and museum then relax at our comfortable accommodation in Bath – The Royal Hotel puts you in an ideal place to take full advantage of what the beautiful spa city of Bath has to offer.