Courtesy of Bath Preservation Trust

Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Home to astronomer William Herschel during the 18th century, this museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of one of Bath’s most extraordinary residents

  • Museums
  • Heritage

A brilliant inventor, Herschel created his own telescopes, and using these in the garden of their modest Bath home was the first person to discover the planet Uranus - thereby doubling the size of the known universe.

The house has been fully restored to its original Georgian condition, and contains the workshop in which Herschel created his telescopes, with replicas of his machines, as well as the beautiful garden in which he discovered the new planet for the first time.

Herschel was a professional composer, as well as astronomer, and he and his sister were both noted musicians. The music room is kitted out in its original state, and offers a unique view into the lives of this inspirational family.

The museum offers a 24 hour combination ticket to use at No. 1 Royal Crescent, the Museum of Bath Architecture and the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, and includes one free visit to Beckford’s Tower at a weekend or Bank Holiday. Visit the website for more details. 

Did you know?

International rock star, Brian May, the guitarist in Queen, has a Doctorate in Astronomy and following the death of TV astronomer Patrick Moore in 2012, took over the role of Patron of the Herschel Museum.



  • Limited accessibility for wheelchair users
  • Disabled parking
  • Facilities for visually impaired
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