Herschel Museum of Astronomy
19 New King Street is a delightful and unique example of a fully-restored modest Georgian townhouse. Now a museum, it was home to the astronomer and musician William Herschel and his sister Caroline, and is dedicated to their achievements in music and astronomy.
Particularly evocative features include Herschel’s workshop, his music room and a charming eighteenth-century formal garden, where, with a telescope of his own construction, Herschel discovered the planet Uranus in 1781.
In the Star Vault, a film narrated by the late Sir Patrick Moore takes you on a voyage of discovery through the universe, and brings the history of the house to life.
The modern Caroline Lucretia Gallery houses a programme of temporary exhibitions, and the museum hosts a programme of events including stargazing activities, lectures and music recitals.
There is a 48hr combination ticket available which includes No. 1 Royal Crescent, the Museum of Bath Architecture and Beckford's Tower
Adult: £6.70 per ticket
Child: £3.30 per ticket
Concession : £5.70 per ticket
Family: £16.00 per ticket
Student: £5.70 per ticket
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- Guide dogs welcome
- Public carpark nearby
- On street parking
- All groups welcome
- Free WIFI
#12 of 123 things to do in Bath
Most Recent Traveller Reviews
14 Mar 2019: A good video explaining the historic significance of this discovery of Uranus from the back garden of this small Bath house! A lovely house with fascinating artifacts and a lovely garden!
7 Mar 2019: Not sure that this is a good choice for the non astronomical enthusiast, but it was one of the houses that William Herschel lived in and where he actually discovered Uranus. There is a short video...
22 Feb 2019: This humble house was the place where very important things happened . It is possible to get up close to the life of the two Herschel's and see what really made them tick. It is humbling and a...