Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Price guide: Budget

19 New King Street , Bath, BANES, BA1 2BL

Price guide: Budget

Herschel Museum of Astronomy
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Expert review of Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Quirky Bath museum celebrating astronomer William Herschel.

Tucked down a backstreet, this small museum pays homage to musician William Herschel, who lived in this Georgian townhouse with his sister Caroline in the late 1700s. Herschel is most famous as the astronomer that discovered the planet Uranus (from the back garden of this house) and developed telescopes to help other astronomers see more deeply into space. I learned a lot wandering around the restored house and Herschel’s workshop with the audio-guide clamped to my ear, but my favourite thing was the amusing film in the cellar vaults, narrated by Sir Patrick Moore.

Price advice: 

Adult tickets cost £4.50 and audio guides are £1.

Expert tips: 
Sometimes open Wednesdays in school holidays, but ring to check.
Get an audio-guide for lots of extra information and fun character dialogues.
Tax-payers can gift aid their entrance fee and receive annual membership to the museum in return.
Go near closing time on a weekday to have the museum to yourself.
Get discounts here with the Bath Visitor Card (available for £3 from the tourist office by the Abbey).
Two for one on entry with a train ticket, check the 'visit Bath' website for details as this offer tends to be seasonal Oct-Apr.

More information on Herschel Museum of Astronomy:

Price guide:
19 New King Street , Bath, BANES, BA1 2BL
01225 446865
Months open:
Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Opening times:
Feb-Mid-Dec Weekdays 1pm-5pm (closed Wednesdays). Sat-Sun/Bank Holidays 11am-5pm.
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An must see place for anyone interested in the history of science