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.
A combination ticket for all four Bath Preservation Trust museums is available.
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
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Most Recent Traveller Reviews
16 Aug 2019: Small Georgian house occupied by Herschel and his sister. Gives insight into early post newton astronomy and discovery of uranus. Herschels sister's story also important. 15 Min video in basement...
7 Aug 2019: A small museum in a townhouse a few minutes from the city centre. Really interesting exhibits, lots of relevant information including an informative film in a basement cinema room , lovely to hear...
14 Jul 2019: Fantastic staff. Enough information without baffling with too many facts. He was welcoming and set the tone for the museum. Great job!