Beckford’s Tower was designed by Henry Edmund Goodridge in 1825 and completed in 1827. The 120-foot neo-classical Tower, which enjoys uninterrupted views of the countryside, was constructed as a study retreat for writer, collector and slave owner William Beckford (1760-1844), and was subsequently used as a mortuary chapel by the Parish of Walcot. The Tower was purchased by the late Leslie and Elizabeth Hilliard in 1971, and opened as a Museum in 1973.
Thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, plans to conserve and re-interpret the Tower and its landscape setting are being developed. As part of this project, we are delighted to be able to offer a limited number of visits to the Tower (which is currently closed to the public) for single households or bubbles of up to 6 people.
There is no charge, but we will be asking each group to allow 10-15 minutes at the end of their visit to complete a questionnaire about their experience. This will help to inform the future development of the Tower.
Find out more about the Tower here
Please read our Covid-19 safety guidelines before you book:
We are very excited to be opening the Tower to visitors but are also very committed to protecting visitors and our team. To help with this, the following guidelines are in place, please read them before you visit. Failure to comply with any of our requests, could result in your being asked to leave.
Thank you for your support and cooperation in helping us ensure physical distancing and maintain a high standard of hygiene. We hope you really enjoy your visit, whilst also staying safe and keeping us safe too.