Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Address: 19 New King Street, Bath, BA1 2BL, England
Telephone: 01225 446865

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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.

Value for money

Price advice

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

Expert tips

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.

Get discounts here with the Bath Visitor Card (available for £3 from the tourist office by the Abbey).

Go near closing time on a weekday to have the museum to yourself.

Tax-payers can gift aid their entrance fee and receive annual membership to the museum in return.

Sometimes open Wednesdays in school holidays, but ring to check.

Get an audio-guide for lots of extra information and fun character dialogues.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Education
  • Sightseeing
  • History
  • Design and architecture