What is Towers of Bath?

A new project exploring the tall towers and soaring spires of the city of Bath and how they stand as landmarks to ambition, religion, and escape, in partnership with Bath Abbey.

Pick up a Towers of Bath trail sheet for 2 for 1 entry to Beckford’s Tower or the Bath Abbey Tower Tours.

Towers Triptych

In a city famed for its Georgian buildings, many of the towers in Bath celebrate the Victorian period, when the revival of Gothic architectural style led to the city skyline being punctuated with new spires and smoking chimneys.

Twentieth century Bath saw new towers being added to the city but many of the early towers were also lost, destroyed in 1942 during the Second World War bombing of Bath.

Explore the Towers of Bath

Follow the Towers of Bath trail to explore some of the tall towers and soaring spires of Bath (they wouldn’t all fit!) and discover how they stand as landmarks to ambition, religion, and escape. You can download the trail sheet here.

Please note that downloaded trail sheets do not count towards 2 for 1 entry.

As the project develops, we will be adding more downloadable trails to this page that explore the towers in different areas of Bath so watch this space!

Towers of Bath Events 2016

As part of the Towers of Bath project, both Beckford’s Tower and Bath Abbey are running a series of events, lectures and walks.

All events are free but places are limited so booking is advised.


Bath Abbey events

at No.9 Kingston Buildings, part of the Abbey Offices next to Abbey Chambers on the South side of the Abbey.

Contact Ollie Taylor on otaylor@bathabbey.org or 01225 303322 to book a place

7 September, 2pm-2.45pm ‘St James: A Lost Tower of Bath’ with Anna Riggs, Archivist at Bath Abbey

28 September, 2pm-2.45pm ‘Steeplejacks and stonemasons in their own words’ oral histories of working at height with Dr Ollie Taylor, Interpretation Officer at Bath Abbey

Beckford’s Tower events

Contact tower@bptrust.org.uk or 01225 460705 to book a place.

24 September, 2pm ‘The Towers of Lansdown‘ a guided walk downhill from Beckford’s Tower with Dr Amy Frost, Curator at Beckford’s Tower

Look out for more Towers of Bath walks during Bath and North East Somerset Heritage Open Week in October 2016