King Alfred’s Tower is a folly linked to the Stourhead estate built in 1772. Its size and beauty make it an imposing addition to the landscape, and the views from the top are breath-taking. The tower was intended to commemorate the end of the Seven Years’ War against France and supposedly stands near the location where it is believed that Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, rallied the Saxons in 878 before defeating the Danish army. The tower is 49 metres high and has 205 steps to the top, where visitors can enjoy the fantastic 360-degree views.