Built in 1827 for novelist and patron of the arts William Beckford, the Tower was originally a folly in which Beckford could escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Beckford had a chequered history, having spent a period in exile due to his relationship - then deemed scandalous - with another man. Despite being shunned by his native country, he returned and built Beckford Tower as a place of peace and tranquility away from society.
A cemetery was founded around the Tower when it was sold after Beckford’s death. The house and grounds continue to be a place of respite, and a walk through the graveyard promises beautiful views and tranquility.
The Tower houses many pieces of Beckford’s furniture, paintings, prints and books, as well as other fascinating objects relating to his life as an 18th century creative; whilst cemetery tours, talks and exhibitions offer incredible insights into the history of the Tower and its grounds.
Beckford’s Tower is a 45-minute walk from Bath city centre, and regular buses run from Bath Bus Station along Lansdown Road.
William Beckford's tomb in the nearby cemetary, designed by Beckford himself, is a massive sarcophagus of polished pink granite with bronze armorial plaques and stands on a hillock surrounded by an oval ditch and a ha-ha wall.
- InAccessible to wheelchair users