King Alfreds Tower

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King Alfreds Tower: King Alfred's Tower is a folly: it is a building that arguably serves no purpose. Nevertheless its size and beauty make it an imposing addition to the landscape, and the views from the top are breathtaking.

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Folly:7.6/10
Popularity rank: #1599
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Somerset, Wessex, South West England, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
Variants:
Stourton Tower

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The tower is signposted from the B3092 about 2½ miles north of Mere.

There is a lay-by in the lane much nearer the tower than the car-park, allocated for disabled visitors, with room for two cars. This lay-by has a reasonably level grass path leading to the tower. Sadly these disabled spaces often appear to be occupied by able-bodied visitors' cars.

View to the East looking towards Whitesheet Hill. Picture copyright Armin Grewe.The best way to approach the tower is either to take one of the several lovely walks from Stourhead, or to park in the Alfred's Tower visitors' car-park and walk across the lane by the car-park entrance. This way you will approach the tower from the East, and will be able to admire the beauty of the tower, and the statue of King Alfred set into the wall above the door, as you approach.

Admission

Opening times (14 March - 1 November):
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
11:00 - 17:0011:00 - 17:0011:00 - 17:0011:00 - 17:0011:00 - 17:0011:00 - 17:0011:00 - 17:00

Prices:
AdultChildFamily
£2.50£1.30£5.70

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