The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is a special destination for an out-of-this-world school trip in Bath. Stand in the place where William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus through a homemade telescope over 200 years ago, and get stuck into hands-on space-tacular activities designed by our expert Learning and Education team. Our space history learning programme caters for all age groups and curriculum levels ranging from Early Years to Key Stage 4.

The 2 hour school workshops feature exciting interactive learning activities based around space history and Georgian history, guided by our Learning and Education team. Learning activities at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy are tailored to support students’ learning objectives in line with the national history and science curriculum.

Primary school science and history trips

Bring your pupils to the Herschel Museum of Astronomy and expand their minds with the amazing story of amateur astronomers William and Caroline Herschel discovering the planet Uranus from their back garden in Bath in 1781. Choose from our KS1 Spectacular Space workshop or our award winning KS2 Amazing Astronomy workshop.

Learn more about primary school visits at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Secondary and GCSE science and history trips

The Herschel Museum is delighted to welcome secondary and further education groups. Both the museum and its collections offer amazing resources to support KS3, GCSE and A-level students across a wide-ranging curriculum and we are happy to work with you to tailor a visit to suit your requirements.

Learn more about secondary and GCSE school visits at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Outreach sessions and loan boxes for schools

Don’t have the time to come to us? Why not let us bring the Herschel Museum of Astronomy experience straight into your classroom! There are two different ways that we can do this for you. A member of our learning team can come to your school and deliver our learning activities in person, or you can borrow a specially-made loan box for just £25. Please contact our learning team to find out more – call 01225 338727 or email

Help with school trip transport costs

We know that budgets are under pressure. That’s why we’re members of the Hyundai Great British School Trip scheme which enables schools to apply for a bursary to fund visits and/or  travel to the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. Apply through the Great British School Trip website.

We also have a special fund of our own available to support eligible schools, The Orseis Transportation Fund. To apply for support with transport for school trips to the Herschel Museum of Astronomy please call our Learning and Education team on 01225 338727 or email

School trips to our other museums in Bath

Did you know that Bath Preservation Trust operates other museums in Bath which can accommodate school trips? Why not enhance your students’ understanding of Georgian History with a school visit to  No.1 Royal Crescent and Beckford’s Tower (temporarily closed), which can both cater for exciting history school trips and learning activities.

For further details about school visits to the Herschel Museum of Astronomy in Bath, or to make a booking, please call our Learning and Education team on 01225 338727 or email

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