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Herschel Museum of Astronomy

19 New King Street, Bath BA1 2BL, England
+44 1225 446865
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Interesting small museum for those who have a bent for astronomy

Quite a small house that Herschel lived in for a time & from the garden of which he discovered... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
John K
Colchester, United Kingdom

Lovely little museum. Fascinating well worth the visit . Short 15 mintues flim to watch first... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
lisa w
via mobile
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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. 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
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Hours Today: 13:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
19 New King Street, Bath BA1 2BL, England
+44 1225 446865
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Quite a small house that Herschel lived in for a time & from the garden of which he discovered Uranus. Was pretty informative re Herschel's life & the short video in the cellar narrated by Patrick Moore was enjoyable. You probably aren't going to spend...More

Thank John K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely little museum. Fascinating well worth the visit . Short 15 mintues flim to watch first which give you insite, loved this place .Small on 3 floors,

Thank lisa w
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the house where William Herschel and his sister Caroline lived for a time in Bath and the garden is where he set up his telescope and discovered the planet Uranus. However, this is not just for those interested in astronomy, for both William...More

Thank Edmund R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful little Museum dedicated to William and Catherine Herschel. They were Astronomers, Innovators and Musicians who discovered Uranus and much more from their small Observatory in the garden of this Georgian Terrace in Bath. Well worth a visit for an hour or so.

Thank alanandvalerie2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place sounded really good on paper but the reality was a little lacking unfortunately. Whilst still interesting, I was expecting a bit more of a focus on astronomy, both of Herschel's findibgs and the history in general; but it was very focused on Herschel's...More

Thank Louise B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely museum with plenty of interesting facts and points of interest. Really liked the short film as an introduction to the Herschel family narrated by Patrick Moore (Who else :-) ). However I think it was great just being in the place where planet Uranus...More

Thank Graham B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Our third time to visit this gem. A small 'out of the way' museum, far from the madding crowds of the Roman Baths; but just 10 minutes walk from them. A tremendous film narrated by Sir Patrick Moore is as quirky as you'll ever see....More

Thank Nicholas C
Reviewed 12 August 2017

The museum was quite small but it had lots of information and it was quite interesting what William Herschel discovered and did and it was cool that it was in the very house he stayed in . Although I'm not very interested in astronomy so...More

Thank Emily K
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Although this is set in a town house with it's capacity restrictions it is worth a visit. There is a small but lovely cottage garden that you can sit in.

Thank Caroline T
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

This is a nice little museum for those interested in Astronomy or just to see a house and its contents of that time. Very friendly staff.

Thank Sunflowers123
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