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in the town of Bath, in the county of Somerset

About Beckford's Tower & Museum

Designed by Henry Edmund Goodridge in 1825 for William Beckford, one of the nation's most accomplished and interesting characters as a study retreat and to house his collection of art and rare books. William Beckford died in 1844 and is buried in the surrounding Victorian cemetery. The cemetery was in his lifetime part of a beautiful pleasure garden known as 'Beckford's Ride'. The garden ran from his house in Lansdown Crescent to the tower at the top of Lansdown Hill. The The 120-foot neo-classical Tower, offers uninterrupted views of the surrounding Somerset countryside.
Owned today by the Bath Preservation Trust, and administered by the Beckford Tower Trust, the tower is now home to a museum collection displaying furniture originally made for the Tower, paintings, prints and other objects illustrating Beckford's life as a writer, collector and patron of the arts. Visitors can follow in Beckford's footsteps and climb the spiral staircase to the beautifully restored Belvedere and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of Bath & surrounding countryside

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