Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Somerset  /  Bath  /  Museums  /  Herschel Museum of Astronomy
Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Bath
(4.3/5 based on 280 reviews on the web)
Gain insight into William Herschel's scientific and astronomic discoveries at Herschel Museum of Astronomy. The Georgian house was once the residence of Herschel and his wife Caroline in the 1700s, and today is dedicated to astronomy. In 1781, Herschel discovered the planet Uranus from his home; the first discovery of a planet since Ancient Greece--it expanded the known universe by two times. Walk through the house, which has preserved much of the original decor and furniture. Start on the ground floor, where you can see the brass replica of Herschel's reflecting telescope, from which he discovered the planet. As you go through the upper levels of the gallery, you will see many heirlooms, such as William's travel diary, Caroline's clothing, and the family's visitors book. Put Herschel Museum of Astronomy into our Bath travel itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
Create a full Bath itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Bath

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Bath by other users

15 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM BAHRAIN September, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in England BY A USER FROM INDIA December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, culture, romantic, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 3 days in Bath BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES February, kids, popular PREFERENCES: February, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Bath & Cotswolds BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES December, kids, culture, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 12 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Europe BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL January, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Germany & United Kingdom BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE October, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: October, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This is not a large museum, only about three or four rooms in an old rowhouse. However, it will be worth a visit by any astronomy fans. 
  • This is a smallish terraced house outside the centre of Bath. It contains an eclectic mix of exhibits to illustrate the life and work of Herschel - the modesty of the domestic setup serves to highligh...  more »
  • Was a lot smaller than i thought but it is filled with lots of interesting facts and things to see. I don't reckon the entrance price was fair, but hey, Uranus was discovered there. 
Google
  • Very quant, lots of interesting displays. The museum has a very relaxed friendly atmosphere
  • Small hidden museum that's great to visit if you have a few hours to spare. Entrance is not free but it is cheap and it is great to learn about the astronomical research that the Herschel family undertook whilst in Bath and after their time here.
  • I liked this museum about William Herschel. Lots of old astronomy artefacts.
  • I didn't really know what to expect when I visited but I was so glad I did. Fascinating museum with knowledgeable staff and plenty of information on the lives of William Herschel and his sister. There is a nice garden out the back which is worth taking a look at even if it is raining (although you can look at it out of an upstairs window if it's raining and you are a bit precious). I thought I knew a fair amount about the man before I visited but I learnt plenty more during my visit.
  • Great, interesting museum. Love the period features and even more special knowing William Herschel and his sister actually lived in the house!