Posted by: Lauren | March 9, 2012

King Alfred’s Tower – conservation work

Photo taken by Tom Dyke - Stourhead

King Alfred’s Tower will not be able to open this weekend as planned, due to damage sustained to its roof over the winter months.

1 of the 3 turrets is in need of some extensive repairs and a scaffolding platform will need to be erected before it is safe for visitors to walk on the roof.

We hope to reopen the tower early in April so that people can enjoy the wonderful views it offers over the 3 counties of Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Stay posted and I’ll update as and when I learn more.

In other news, the first stage of the Pantheon conservation work has been carried out, preventing futher water penetration to the portico roof. Barriers are currently in place for everybody’s safety but we still hope to open the Pantheon, along with our other garden buildings, on Wednesdays and Thursdays in April and May.



  1. Walked to the tower today1 April unaware was closed. When I returned to the reception/ticket office the only mention of the closure was on a fairly small board at floor level and resting against the wall so I doubt if many people saw it. Can I suggest the notice is somewhat larger and placed more obviously and could perhaps be changed to indicate when the scaffolding will be in place and how long it will be before the tower is open. The two members of staff who I asked did not know and just referred me to this blog which now I have done but it does not tell me one way or the other. On the positive side the walk was worth the effort anyway. Thanks

    • Hello Malcolm – thank you for your comment. I am very sorry that the closure of King Alfred’s Tower has not been made clear enough across the property, and that this meant you met with disappointment on your arrival. I will be looking at the notice in our visitor reception today to find a way of improving it and making it clearer. We have included an emergency note on our property homepage as well, which we hope will catch a lot of our visitors’ attention. Unfortunately, there was some uncertainty about the exact time of building work and scaffolding, so we have been unable to communicate that information. This also means we have been unable to specify how long it will be until the tower is open again. The latest information I have received is that the tower turret and roof should be stabilised by the end of this week, in time for an Easter re-opening, but again this is subject to change in cases of poor weather or if it is found that more work will be needed. It is obviously very important that the roof is 100% safe for visitors to walk on. Again, I am really sorry for the inconvenience caused to you this weekend. I do hope that you will be able to visit again when the tower has re-opened. Many thanks, Lauren

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