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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Herschel Museum of Astronomy, 19 New King Street, Bath, BA1 2BL


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Herschel Museum of Astronomy


A brand-new audio tour is now available for adult visitors bringing the house to life with stories about how the Herschel family lived and worked in Bath, exploring their contributions to science and music during their time at 19 New King Street. Also new for 2021 is an audio-visual guide for children – meet Caroline Herschel as she takes you around her home and helps you explore the home and collections, encouraging you to make your own discoveries. 

19 New King Street was home to the astronomer and musician William Herschel and his sister Caroline, and is dedicated to their achievements in music and astronomy.

The astronomy sessions take place outside Herschel’s workshop, in the charming eighteenth-century formal garden, where, with a telescope of his own construction, Herschel discovered the planet Uranus in 1781.

Visit the website for session dates, times and to purchase tickets.


Access information

A disabled parking space is situated outside the museum in New King Street.

An audio tour is available for visitors who are blind or partially sighted, accompanied by a book of tactile images.

A virtual tour is available to visitors with mobility problems on the ground floor; it is also possible to see Constructing the Heavens on a screen in the reception area.

Tactile plans of the museum and garden are available with raised lettering and Braille.

Workshop handling – replicas of objects such as Herschel’s polishing machine situated in the workshop are designed to be handled.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Child£3.00 per ticket
Adult£6.50 per ticket
Concession£5.50 per ticket
Family (2+2)£14.50 per ticket
Groups£5.50 per ticket
Student£3.50 per ticket

B&NES Discovery Card Holders: 2 for 1 entry



  • Gift Shop


  • Facilities for Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages

  • Braille

Establishment Features

  • Event Venue
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Indoor Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route
  • Parking (charge) - Charlotte Street Car Park

Payment Methods

  • Special group rates

Show Facilities


  • Visit EnglandQuality Assured Visitor Attraction Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2019
  • TripAdvisor AwardsTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018
  • Regional and MiscellaneousBristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards 2017/18 - Gold Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards 2017/18 - Gold 2017
  • TripAdvisor AwardsTripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence - 2019 TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence - 2019 2019

Opening Times

Opening (18 Jan 2022 - 17 Dec 2022)
Monday - Friday13:00 - 17:00*
Saturday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00*

* Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11am-5pm
Last entry 4.30pm

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


Saturday, 16th July 2022 - Saturday, 31st December 2022

William Herschel Museum of AstronomyHerschel 200 Exhibition at Herschel Museum of AstronomyIn 2022, the Herschel Museum of Astronomy is commemorating 200 years since the death of William Herschel.
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Saturday, 23rd July 2022 - Sunday, 28th August 2022

Solar observing - Herschel Museum eventSummer Events at Herschel Museum of AstronomyThere are a range of events to enjoy at The Herschel Museum of Astronomy this summer!
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Sunday, 7th August 2022 - Sunday, 7th August 2022

A telescope in the Herschel Museum garden Summer Sundays: Free Family Pop-up Astronomy Event at 15 New Bond StreetOn Sunday 7th August, join the Herschel Museum, Herschel Society and Bath Astronomers at 15 New Bond Street, Bath, to learn about the Herschel family
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Saturday, 22nd October 2022 - Sunday, 30th October 2022

Girl holding galaxy pinwheelMake a Pin-Hole Camera at Percy Community CentreDuring October half-term, join the Herschel Museum of Astronomy in making pin hole cameras at the Percy Centre!
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