Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Herschel Museum of Astronomy
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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19 New King Street is a delightful and unique example of a fully restored modest Georgian townhouse. It was home to the astronomer and musician William Herschel and his sister Caroline. Particularly evocative features include Herschel’s workshop, his music room and a charming 18th Century formal garden where, with a telescope of his own construction, Herschel discovered the planet Uranus in 1781.
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  • Richard J
    11 contributions
    Really enjoyable and interesting museum
    Lovely self guided tour of William Herschel's home. The lady (volunteer) who greeted us was very enthusiastic and gave us a brief overview of Herschel's life. The house was set out really well with lots of information showing the equipment and techniques he used to study astronomy, including musical instruments during his previous time as a musician. A really interesting museum to visit. An unassuming building which you could easily walk right past if you're not looking for it. Thank you for an enjoyable visit
    Thank for your brilliant and informative 5* review. Glad you found our hidden gem!
    Written 18 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 March 2023
  • Andy F
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom41 contributions
    Home of the man who discovered the planet Uranus … and his extraordinary sister
    You can stand on the spot where William Herschel first observed Uranus. The first planet to be discovered since antiquity. If you have any interest in astronomy then this should be a place of pilgrimage. The collection includes many scientific memorabilia including what is likely to be the prism with which he discovered infrared light. Besides William, the museum celebrates his amazing sister Caroline, a scientist in her own right … and commemorates William’s parallel career as a composer and musician. On our visit, we were treated to a superb exposition if the life of the Herschels and what the museum has to offer.
    Thank you for your fantastic review! So pleased you enjoyed your visit. Come back and visit us soon!
    Written 13 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 May 2023
  • Laura H
    El Dorado Hills, California431 contributions
    Fascinating Little Museum
    This fascinating little museum is worth a visit. It’s the house of the Herschel astronomers. A friendly descent will give you a history of the house, and tell you all about the Herschel family. There is also a short explanatory film shown in one of the rooms every 15 minutes or so. There is a small collection of books, toys, and postcards having to do with astronomy available for purchase. In the back of the house is a charming little garden,
    Thank you for your fantastic review! Do come visit us again.
    Written 7 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2023
  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan6,566 contributions
    Planet Uranus!
    This is the home of William and Caroline Herschel. They were amateur astronomers. William Herschel built his own telescope and went on to discover the planet Uranus in 1781. He also did research on infrared rays. This building is on the New King Street. It is a 1764 middle-class house spread over several floors. We had to search for it. The house has been perfectly restored and you can find telescopes, globes, mirrors, astrolabes, musical instruments, clothes, manuscripts and workshops of the couple here. I felt that Caroline was a talented astronomer too as she did some very important work on comets. There is an interesting little garden behind the house from where this couple studied the solar system.
    What a great review! Thank you so much for visiting. Glad you found our hidden gem!
    Written 22 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Daniel L
    Swansea, United Kingdom52 contributions
    A hidden Gem
    Had a interest in astronomy and being as it was a rain,y day was look8 g for something indoor and was a short walk from my hotel. Was politely greeted when getting my ticket and the lady was very informative. 3 floors and a small garden to explore the life of Herschel who discovered The planet Uranus and house had many artefacts of his life and a video room to learn more about his history. A lilltle hard to find without google maps and reasonably price would definitely recommend a visit
    Thanks very much for your great review, Daniel! So pleased you enjoyed your visit.
    Written 29 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Sue P
    3 contributions
    An amazing discovery!
    We loved this little museum, really friendly welcome and informative introductory talk. The film of Caroline's tour of the house was fabulous for all ages and really made us appreciate the hidden contribution of women to science while also revealing lots of little domestic details that brought the story to life. Very inspiring to learn about the lifelong dedication to astronomy.
    Thank you for the lovely 5* review. So pleased you enjoyed your visit and our staff. We have an excellent team! Hope you can visit us again very soon.
    Written 30 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Janice C
    Taunton, United Kingdom80 contributions
    Worth a visit.
    We both found this a very interesting small museum, with a great deal of information about the Herschels & astronomy, with instrument displays & lots to read. There is also a feminine centred video by an actress playing Caroline Herschel, which you can take or leave (it plays in the cellar area on a loop, but it does give a lot of information in a digestible way, particularly for children.) The workshop is fascinating & the rooms give a real sense of the times &, having visited No1 Royal Crescent the previous day, it was interesting to see inside a much more modest dwelling. The enthusiastic staff are very welcoming & knowledgeable. Only downside is it is rather hard to find!
    Thanks for the fantastic and thorough 5* review. So pleased you enjoyed your visit to our museum. Hope you can visit us again in future.
    Written 2 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 November 2023
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Janice C
Taunton, UK80 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We both found this a very interesting small museum, with a great deal of information about the Herschels & astronomy, with instrument displays & lots to read. There is also a feminine centred video by an actress playing Caroline Herschel, which you can take or leave (it plays in the cellar area on a loop, but it does give a lot of information in a digestible way, particularly for children.) The workshop is fascinating & the rooms give a real sense of the times &, having visited No1 Royal Crescent the previous day, it was interesting to see inside a much more modest dwelling. The enthusiastic staff are very welcoming & knowledgeable. Only downside is it is rather hard to find!
Written 27 November 2023
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Thanks for the fantastic and thorough 5* review. So pleased you enjoyed your visit to our museum. Hope you can visit us again in future.
Written 2 December 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

ZPsi
30 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is clearly one person's beloved project. It's rather expensive, but - unless you're totally into William Herschel (as well as his sister and son) and the discovery of Uranus, there just isn't much to see.
Written 5 October 2023
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Thank you for your review. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy our museum. The museum is William and Caroline's former residence in Bath, in which William discovered Uranus in the garden. The house and it's collection naturally centres around the Herschel's, their time in Bath and their primary interests; astronomy and music. A description of what the museum is about can be found on our website. Our tickets are also annual passes. We regularly compare or prices to those of similar museums in the local area to ensure we remain comparative and competitive, so I'm sorry you felt our prices were a little high. Thanks again for reviewing and I do hope you decide to visit one of our museums again in future.
Written 9 October 2023
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Sue P
3 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We loved this little museum, really friendly welcome and informative introductory talk. The film of Caroline's tour of the house was fabulous for all ages and really made us appreciate the hidden contribution of women to science while also revealing lots of little domestic details that brought the story to life. Very inspiring to learn about the lifelong dedication to astronomy.
Written 22 September 2023
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Thank you for the lovely 5* review. So pleased you enjoyed your visit and our staff. We have an excellent team! Hope you can visit us again very soon.
Written 30 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

CBR
171 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
A lovely museum situated in his house. Interesting information and artifacts even if you are not into astronomy. A very pleasing original Georgian house worth seeing in its own right.
Written 30 August 2023
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Thank you for your 5* review and recommendation! It's much appreciated.
Written 9 September 2023
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Daniel L
Swansea, UK52 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
Had a interest in astronomy and being as it was a rain,y day was look8 g for something indoor and was a short walk from my hotel.
Was politely greeted when getting my ticket and the lady was very informative. 3 floors and a small garden to explore the life of Herschel who discovered The planet Uranus and house had many artefacts of his life and a video room to learn more about his history. A lilltle hard to find without google maps and reasonably price would definitely recommend a visit
Written 28 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thanks very much for your great review, Daniel! So pleased you enjoyed your visit.
Written 29 July 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan6,566 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
This is the home of William and Caroline Herschel. They were amateur astronomers. William Herschel built his own telescope and went on to discover the planet Uranus in 1781. He also did research on infrared rays. This building is on the New King Street. It is a 1764 middle-class house spread over several floors. We had to search for it. The house has been perfectly restored and you can find telescopes, globes, mirrors, astrolabes, musical instruments, clothes, manuscripts and workshops of the couple here. I felt that Caroline was a talented astronomer too as she did some very important work on comets. There is an interesting little garden behind the house from where this couple studied the solar system.
Written 16 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
What a great review! Thank you so much for visiting. Glad you found our hidden gem!
Written 22 July 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Laura H
El Dorado Hills, CA431 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
This fascinating little museum is worth a visit. It’s the house of the Herschel astronomers. A friendly descent will give you a history of the house, and tell you all about the Herschel family. There is also a short explanatory film shown in one of the rooms every 15 minutes or so. There is a small collection of books, toys, and postcards having to do with astronomy available for purchase. In the back of the house is a charming little garden,
Written 2 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your fantastic review! Do come visit us again.
Written 7 July 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

M. Dawn
Montreal, Canada34 contributions
Jun 2023
Friendly and helpful staff, fascinating exhibits, and simply a must for anyone vaguely interested in astronomy!
Written 23 June 2023
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So pleased you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for the fantastic 5* review.
Written 24 June 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Andy F
Bournemouth, UK41 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
You can stand on the spot where William Herschel first observed Uranus. The first planet to be discovered since antiquity. If you have any interest in astronomy then this should be a place of pilgrimage. The collection includes many scientific memorabilia including what is likely to be the prism with which he discovered infrared light. Besides William, the museum celebrates his amazing sister Caroline, a scientist in her own right … and commemorates William’s parallel career as a composer and musician. On our visit, we were treated to a superb exposition if the life of the Herschels and what the museum has to offer.
Written 2 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your fantastic review! So pleased you enjoyed your visit. Come back and visit us soon!
Written 13 May 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Richard J
11 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Lovely self guided tour of William Herschel's home. The lady (volunteer) who greeted us was very enthusiastic and gave us a brief overview of Herschel's life.
The house was set out really well with lots of information showing the equipment and techniques he used to study astronomy, including musical instruments during his previous time as a musician.
A really interesting museum to visit. An unassuming building which you could easily walk right past if you're not looking for it. Thank you for an enjoyable visit
Written 12 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank for your brilliant and informative 5* review. Glad you found our hidden gem!
Written 18 March 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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