Welcome to Cranmore Tower – a unique visitors attraction

Cranmore Tower is a Somerset Folly offering spectacular views, beautiful walks, and much more!

Cranmore Tower is an old folly prominently sited on a high point of the East Mendip range in Somerset. Built in the 1860’s by local Stone Masons upon request of land owner John Moore Paget, the Tower still stands today proudly overlooking the countryside and offering spectacular views from a elevation of 1050 ft above sea level.

Come visit us, walk and relax in the beautiful, tranquil, deciduous Cranmore wood. Climb the Tower’s 184 steps and enjoy spectacular views of the Somerset countryside and 6 other counties on a clear day. Enjoy nature and delight in spending moments with your mind at peace, your spirit calm and your soul in its rightful state of joy. Tea and coffee available. Bring everyone including your pets!

For info on how to find us click here.

For info on Tower opening times and prices click here.

For info on the views and visible Counties from the Tower click here.

Latest News:


Summer 2018 the Tower is open 11.30 am to 5.00 pm weekends and bank holidays. For large groups please call ahead if possible. Thank you 🙂

Note: there is no public vehicle access to the Tower. Please park in the car park off Old Wells road. Thank you. 

WINTER 2017 / 18

Winter is almost upon us folks, just where has the year gone!? Please be aware the Tower & Tea room will be closed on the following dates:

CLOSED Saturday 25th November
CLOSED Saturday 23rd December
CLOSED Sunday  24th December
CLOSED Monday 25th December
CLOSED Tuesday 26th December


AUTUMN 2017  

We’ll be closed on the 21st and 22nd of October for celebrating the twin holy days of the birth of the Bab and the birth of Baha’u’llah. It’s the Baha’i faith’s bicentenary celebration, if you’re interested in more details, please ‘click here‘, and here for a letter from PM Theresa May)

Spring 2017 – Cranmore Tower Renovation works update

Here are a couple of before & after photographs of the re-pointing work completed on the South facing facade of the Tower.



Summer 2016 – Cranmore Tower Renovation works and heritage sharing project

The Tower is over 150 years old and has stood the test of time, proving itself to be a strong and robust structure. But all old buildings need care and attention, so to ensure the Tower remains in good condition for years to come, some renovation and repair works are needed. We have started a project to undertake these repairs and are currently seeking funding to help provide some of the financing. The project will also have a heritage sharing aspect to it, we plan to generate display boards with the history of the Tower and local area.

We would love to know what aspects of the Tower or local area you would like to know about and see displayed at the Tower. If you have any views, advice, or if you have any old memories or photographs of the Tower please get in touch at info@cranmoretower.co.uk or 01749 880 742.

If you have time please complete our very short questionnaire – Cranmore Tower – Renovation & heritage sharing project questionnaire.

See here for more information on the renovation and repair works.

March 2016 – Tower Open

The mud has dried out and we’re open again for visitors.

January 2016 – Tower Closed

The Tower will be closed for January.

Due to recent ground work in front of the Tower and the amount of rain it’s just too muddy and slippery to have the Tower open to the public. We hope to re-open as soon as conditions improve.


Christmas 2014 Opening Times

The Tower and Tear Room will be open over the festive period. Opening timings are ALL DAY  CHRISTMAS DAY, BOXING DAY and SATURDAY 27th DEC all the way through to SUNDAY 4th JAN.

Opening hours 10 am to 5 pm.

Hope to see you soon, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

New Circular Walk Around Asham Wood

We’ve just added another new circular walk, this one goes from the Tower around the beautiful Asham Wood and back. It’s a really nice walk which takes you through the pretty little village of Downhead, through the woodland, and then back to the Tower skirting around the edge of Merehead quarry.  The walk  is approximately 7.9 miles (12.6 km). As always all comments on directions are welcome. To download the walk click here.

New Circular Walk

We’ve just added a new Circular Walk from the Tower to East Somerset Railway and back, total distance 6.7 miles. Why not try it this weekend? Click here for link to the walks page, all comments and feedback on the directions are welcome.

Cranmore Tower - Start & end point for walks

Cranmore Tower – Start & end point for walks