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Opening Times

The museum is open at weekends and bank holidays

March – October, 11am – 4pm

Last entry recommended at 3pm

Keep and eye on this site for news about tours and events in 2022.

Ticket prices

Adult £5

Child £2.50

Concession £4 (Senior, Student, NHS & Blue Light)

Family £12

Discovery Card holders receive a 50% discount, please bring your card or proof of address with you.

Payment is card only, no pre-booking required.

Getting 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 once it plateaus, past the Hare and Hound pub.

The walk takes around 45 minutes. OS reference: ST681744

By car
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.

There is limited parking in the Tower car park, which is a sharp turn left after the cemetery gateway (large green gates).

By bus
Catch the Park and Ride bus (no. 31) from Milsom Street bus stop, which runs every 15 minutes.

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.

Or alight at the Hamilton House bus stop and continue up the road on foot for 5 minutes.

Or alight at the final stop/the Park and Ride car park and travel back down the road on foot for 5 minutes.

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

Beckford’s Tower has a small car park outside the main entrance of the building with space for 8 cars. Access to the car park is a sharp turn off Lansdown Road by the Tower Cottage.

Further parking is available in the cemetery lay-bys along Lansdown Road.

Group Visits to the Tower

Groups are welcome at the Tower by arrangement.  Larger groups can be managed by staggered entry and exit.

Group visits can be booked all year round, including evenings and weekends.

Visits for groups can include a guided tour from the Tower Curator, a talk tailored to your group’s specific interests, and activities for schools.

For more information contact us on tower@bptrust.org.uk.

Children wearing hi-vis vests talking to a volunteer

Accessibility

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.

Talks

The Tower Curator, Dy Amy Frost, regularly gives talks and lectures to groups about the life and work of William Beckford and after lockdown, will be happy to travel out to your group.

Lectures include:

  • The Life of William Beckford
  • William Beckford and his Tower in Bath
  • The Rise and Fall of Fonthill
  • William Beckford the Collector
  • Beckford and Architecture
  • William Beckford and the Gothic

If you are interested in booking a lecture, please contact us at tower@bptrust.org.uk

Venue Hire

Looking for somewhere a little bit different?

Beckford’s Tower and Museum is the ideal place to hold a graduation photograph session, marriage proposal, or even a wedding.

Hiring the Tower for a small event can include a guided talk or talk from the Tower Curator.

To discuss the possibility of hiring the Tower after lockdown, contact us at tower@bptrust.org.uk

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