Tower is at grid reference ST746351 (Ordnance Survey Explorer sheet 142).
The National Trust has provided a free car park for visitors a few hundred
metres away (grid reference ST749354). Note that there are no toilets, gift shops or refreshments
available here (although an ice-cream van often parks here at weekends and bank
holidays, and for the 2004 season bottled water is sold by the NT custodian at
the Tower). Please also be aware that unattended cars can be a target for
thieves, so you are advised to lock your car and remove any valuables.
The tower is signposted from the B3092 about 2½ miles north of
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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.
(NB As at March 2003 the signs denoting disabled parking have been removed).
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.
King Alfred's Tower is usually closed during the winter but in 2015 it will be completely closed until August. Whilst a visit to the tower is always
pleasant, for your first visit try to go on a clear day when the tower is open
so that you can climb the steps to the top and enjoy the views. During 2015
the tower will only be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1st August until 31st October between 12pm and 4pm.
Last admission is 30 minutes before the tower closes. Note that dogs are not permitted in the tower, and a post for attaching a dog's
lead is provided nearby.
N.B. The National Trust sometimes alters these published times at short notice so before making travel plans to visit the Tower you
are advised to telephone the Stourhead Estate Office on 01747 841152 to confirm
the latest opening times.
When the tower is open a National Trust custodian is present to take
the entrance fee and answer questions. Admittance is free of charge to NT
members; otherwise the 2015 charges are adults £3.40, children £1.70, families
£7.40. A Gift Aid scheme has been introduced in which visitors are invited to
pay an additional "voluntary donation" (40p per adult, 20p per child, or 80p per family).
The Trust offers a £1 voucher for use in the Stourhead shop or restaurant to visitors who arrive on foot, by bicycle,
or by public transport although it is unclear how they will verify this.
This website will offer a similar £1 voucher to the first person who can identify any public transport that runs to and from Alfred's Tower.
At present the only souvenir available from the tower is a
postcard with a colour photograph of the tower.
Most of the forest surrounding King Alfred's Tower is not owned by the National Trust. Much of the surrounding woodland is part of is a Tax-Exempt Heritage Asset, which means that the owner has given an undertaking to the Inland Revenue to preserve the character
of the land and allow reasonable public access in exchange for exemption from
inheritance tax. Details of this agreement and a map of the estate may be
viewed on a web page maintained by the Inland Revenue by clicking
here. During the summer, these woods are a popular place for camping,
walking, and cycling.