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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

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

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The Music Room at The Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Bath

About

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.

New to the Museum in 2023 is Caroline Herschel’s Memoir Manuscript, acquired with the help of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other supporters. Read Caroline’s innermost thoughts, written in her own hand. 

An audio tour is 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. There is also 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. 

Occasional astronomy sessions take place outside the Herschels' workshop, in the charming eighteenth-century formal garden, where, with a telescope of his own construction, Herschel discovered the planet Uranus from 1781. A specially-commissioned stonework marks the place where William made his discovery from. 

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

For all group and school bookings, please contact the museum. 

Accessibility 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.

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
Adult£12.00 per ticket
Concession£10.50 per ticket

Under 18s Free – with accompanying adult

Concessions for Seniors, Students, NHS & Blue Light

Bath Preservation Trust Members Free – Proof of membership required upon entry

Tickets are annual passes and can be used for free repeat returns to the museum for up to 12 months from purchase

Special Offers

  • Accompanying Carer entitled to free entry

    The offer: Free ticket for carers when accompanying a paying disabled visitor.

    How to book: For further details, terms and conditions and to book visit Herschel Museum of Astronomy website.

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Facilities

Other

  • Gift Shop

Accessibility

  • 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

Awards

  • 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 (11 Feb 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
DayTimes
MondayClosed*
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

* 10am to 5pm, last entry 4pm.
• 11th February to 31st December (Tuesday to Sunday)
• Closed between 1pm to 2pm on Weekends

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

Events

Wednesday, 24th July 2024 - Sunday, 1st September 2024

Herschel MuseumStarry Skies Constellation Trail at Herschel Museum of AstronomyHow well do you know the night sky? Herschel Museum of Astronomy have hidden some beautiful embroidered constellations in and around the museum for a special summer star trail
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Wednesday, 24th July 2024 - Sunday, 1st September 2024

William Herschel Museum of AstronomyStarry Skies Constellation Trail at the Herschel Museum of AstronomyHow well do you know the night sky? The Herschel Museum have hidden some beautiful embroidered constellations in and around the museum for a special summer star trail.
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Tuesday, 17th September 2024 - Tuesday, 17th September 2024

A telescope in the garden at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, BathStargazing with the Bath Astronomers at Herschel Museum of AstronomyJoin the Bath Astronomers to stargaze from the back garden of the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, where the Planet Uranus was discovered from by William Herschel on 13 March 1781.
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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from TravelWest.info
  Bath is operating a charging Clean Air Zone. Owners of all higher emission vehicles – except private cars and motorbikes – will need to pay to drive in the city centre. To check if you need to pay or to apply for an exemption or discount, go to bathnes.gov.uk/BathCAZ
   

Public Transport Directions

For comprehensive information on how to get here using public transport, visit TravelWest.info
  Bath is operating a charging Clean Air Zone. Owners of all higher emission vehicles – except private cars and motorbikes – will need to pay to drive in the city centre. To check if you need to pay or to apply for an exemption or discount, go to bathnes.gov.uk/BathCAZ
 

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Map and Directions

Road Directions

Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from TravelWest.info
  Bath is operating a charging Clean Air Zone. Owners of all higher emission vehicles – except private cars and motorbikes – will need to pay to drive in the city centre. To check if you need to pay or to apply for an exemption or discount, go to bathnes.gov.uk/BathCAZ
   

Public Transport Directions

For comprehensive information on how to get here using public transport, visit TravelWest.info
  Bath is operating a charging Clean Air Zone. Owners of all higher emission vehicles – except private cars and motorbikes – will need to pay to drive in the city centre. To check if you need to pay or to apply for an exemption or discount, go to bathnes.gov.uk/BathCAZ
 

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