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 125 things to do in Bath
Most Recent Traveller Reviews
29 Dec 2018: It is absolutely amazing this guy discovered Uranus by building his own telescope. His story is fascinating. Visit this very small but fascinating museum and you will be impressed.
24 Dec 2018: Excellent slice of important history - you get two experiences here - a renovated Georgian house as well as the insights into developments in the exploration of the planets. Look hard and you can...
16 Dec 2018: If we hadn’t set out with the purpose of visiting here, we would never have found it. Unassuming, it sits between rows of other townhouses. When we entered the lady on the reception was so polite and...