Beckford’s Tower and Museum is now closed until further notice as we undertake capital works (made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund) to transform the museum, restore the Tower and reconnect the landscape. There will be opportunities to engage with the conservation work, so please keep an eye on our social media pages or sign up to the “Our Tower” newsletter for further information.
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Built between 1826 and 1827, Beckford’s Tower is an extraordinary building that was once home to one of the greatest collections of books, furniture and art in Georgian England and now stands as the only surviving example of William Beckford’s great architectural achievements.
William Beckford’s ability to build, and to collect, was made possible by the wealth he inherited and continued to accumulate as an owner of Jamaican sugar plantations and enslaved people, and through the compensation he received from the government following the abolition of slavery.
Enjoy the rich, eclectic surroundings of the main museum room; the dramatic backdrop of the loggia above the Tower’s front steps; and the breath-taking views from the Belvedere at its summit.