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Herschel Museum of Astronomy
Ranked #24 of 180 things to do in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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. In the Star Vault an award winning film takes you on a voyage of discovery through the universe and brings the history of the house to life. Exhibition in the modern Caroline Lucretia Gallery 16 April – 18 December: Science and Spirituality; Astronomy and the Benedictine Order
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 24 February 2014

The museum is very pricey for what it contains, nice gardens though, I excepted to see more of the astronomy side but it is just his house more than anything. Lovely gardeb

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Reviewed 23 February 2014

This is a perfect little museum in Bath if you have 45 mins to spare. We came upon it by accident, but all you need to find it is a good little map or phone app. You start with a film in the cellar narrated by Patrick Moore, who was party to the creation of this little museum in homage to William Herschel. His workshop has been sympathetically recreated across the hallway. The rooms contain some interesting bits and pieces; the visitors book from the time shows how Herschel's telescopes and discoveries captured the imagination. Anybody who was anybody came to visit, including the Royal Family and Lord Byron! We used a 2-for-1 offer, so it only cost £3 each.

Readers/writers of the Regency novel will also find a visit to the house of interest, as it provides a great comparison to the more splendid apartments of No1 Royal Crescent, allowing the reader/writer to visit a property and experience the lifestyle of those with less than £10,000 a year!

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Reviewed 16 February 2014

We whiled away a wet afternoon here. The museum is quite small although contains a lot of information and artefacts. I really enjoyed our visit but it is a niche subject so may not be to everyone's taste. It's a bit off the main thoroughfare in Bath, so could be difficult to find.

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Reviewed 5 January 2014

Closed with poor signage. Looking rather run down. Impossible today more because we could not gain entrance.

Thank VictoriaWilliam125
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HerschelMuseum, Manager at Herschel Museum of Astronomy, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2014

We are sorry you that you found the Herschel Museum closed, however like other museums in Bath we shut for a short period over the winter.

This annual closure is extensively advertised on

Our website
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visitbath website
All other publicity
Answer phone message

The museum could not do more to notify prospective visitors, so you might have been well advised to check in advance before leaving your review

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Reviewed 29 December 2013

I loved this. Standing in the garden where Herschel set up his telescope. Small museum, but well done with friendly staff. Watch the film on the lower level and then browse the artifacts and explore the garden. It is within walking distance of downtown Bath if you don't mind a stroll. Very cool :)

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