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
#11 of 124 things to do in Bath
Most Recent Traveller Reviews
14 May 2019: Didn't realise Herschel was such a polymath. Not only probably the best astronomer but also made his own lenses and telecopes. In addition he was an excellent musician. Well wrth a visit
2 May 2019: Don't miss this terific little museum loved it. A very good film gives Hershel's background. Excellent displays. Pretty garden.
18 Apr 2019: What a wonderful surprise! A delightful and very personal museum with something for everyone and a charming history. If you don’t like being indoors, there is a large garden/park to walk in. You...