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Getting here

Beckford’s Tower is located slightly outside the centre of Bath, but can be reached easily, on foot or by bicycle. There is also an extremely convenient bus service from Milson Street, with stops located very close to the main entrance of the tower.

Admissions, address and opening times

Our admissions info, address and opening times can be found here.

On foot

From Bath city centre, head north up Lansdown Road following signs for Bath Racecourse. At St Stephen’s Church junction, keep left and continue up hill. Beckford’s Tower is on the left of the road, accessible by the drive opposite Granville Road, past the Hare and Hound pub.

The walk takes around 45 minutes. The What3Words location for Beckford’s Tower is ///popped.smoke.lush.

Circular walks

There are a number of longer scenic routes for walkers which can include a visit to Beckford’s Tower, more information can be found https://www.bathscape.co.uk/activity/more-self-guided-walking-trails/

By bicycle

There are cycle racks located at the grotto entrance to the tower, where bicycles may be securely locked during your visit. The accessible WC at the grotto entrance, along with the WC in the museum may be used by cyclists to change if this is required, just speak to a member of staff.

To find more cycling routes you can use this Route Planner.

By e-scooter

TIER e-scooters are a fun way to explore Bath. Look out for the e-scooters and e-bikes at parking stands across the city. You can, for example, pick one up at Bath Spa railway station, just one of many Parking Zones in the city, all clearly marked on TIER’s app. 

Find out more about e-scootering in Bath

By bus

Catch the Park and Ride bus (no. 31) from Milsom Street bus stop, which runs every 15 minutes. If arriving in Bath by train, leave by the main entrance of Bath Spa station, cross the road, and follow St Lawrence Street, Stall Street, then Union Street up to Milsom Street. The bus stop is on the right hand side.

The bus journey takes about 8 minutes. Ask the driver when you board if you can alight at the Lansdown Cemetery bus stop directly outside the Tower.

For more information, see the timetable on the First Bus website.

By car

Where a car visit is necessary, whether to visit the tower, or for an event, we also recommend that visitors share cars wherever possible, as parking is extremely limited.

We have three standard visitor car park spaces plus one blue badge space at the Grotto car park. We have one blue badge space and one EV charging space at the Tower car park.

From Bath city centre, head north up Lansdown Road following signs for Bath Racecourse and Lansdown Park and Ride. At St Stephen’s Church junction, keep left and continue up hill. Beckford’s Tower is on the left of the road once it plateaus, past the Hare and Hound pub.

Beckford’s Tower has a small car park at the Grotto end of the site, however the number of spaces is limited. A much better solution is to use the nearby Lansdown Park & Ride service, which is a 10-15 minute walk from the tower.

For more information, see the timetable on the First Bus website.

For electric vehicle owners there is a charging point located at the Tower car park, What3Words reference ///economies.person.spine. Please contact a member of staff if you wish to use this.

Accessibility

There is a dedicated disabled parking space in the Grotto car park, What3Words reference ///economies.person.spine.

Disabled parking is also available at the main Tower car park, opposite Granville Road.

Please contact [email protected] to book this in advance or call 01225 460705.

The museum is located on the first floor of the Tower building and access is up a flight of stairs. The Tower itself has 154 steps to the Belvedere at the top.

A panoramic tour of the Tower and Museum on CD is available on request. Please contact the museum for further information.