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23rd May / 2024
Visit to Beckford's Tower

Lansdown Road, Bath BA1 9BH

Built between 1826 and 1827, Beckford’s Tower is an extraordinary building that was once home to one of the greatest collections of books, furniture and art in Georgian England and now stands as the only surviving example of William Beckford’s great architectural achievements.

William Beckford’s ability to build, and to collect, was made possible by the wealth he inherited and continued to accumulate as an owner of Jamaican sugar plantations and enslaved people, and through the compensation he received from the government following the abolition of slavery.

Beckford’s Tower and Museum will reopen in March 2024 after capital works (made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund) to transform the museum, restore the Tower and reconnect the landscape. Our visit will be led by Dr Amy Frost and includes a visit to an apartment at 19 Lansdown Crescent where the fitted library furniture still survives.

This visit is now fully subscribed, please contact if you wish to be placed on the wait list. 

Beckford's Tower, Bath Preservation Trust

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