I have looked further into space than any human being did before me
The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is dedicated to the many achievements of the Herschels, who were distinguished astronomers as well as talented musicians. It was from this house, using a telescope of his own design that William discovered the planet Uranus in 1781. His observations helped to double the known size of the solar system. Following a tradition of the great astronomers of the Renaissance he pushed forward the science of building telescopes. He was rewarded for his work by King George III, and also received the Copley Medal. Caroline also made a huge contribution to the field of astronomy. The work of the Herschels clearly had an impact on modern science and space exploration.
The late Sir Patrick Moore was a patron of the museum and described William Herschel as “the first man to give a reasonably correct picture of the shape of our star-system or galaxy, the best telescope-maker of his time, and possibly the greatest observer who ever lived”.
Our photo library offers a range of images of the Herschels and the museum including portraits, general views and museum objects. Please enquire about reproduction fees.
Pre booking is no longer required.
Tuesday 1 February 2022 – Saturday 31 December
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 5.00pm (Last Entry 4pm)
Weekends closed between 1pm to 2pm
PLEASE NOTE: The Museum will be closed on the following dates and times in June.
Wed 29th June, closed until 1pm
Closed on 25 & 26 December
Please note: We will occasionally be closed for School and other group bookings so do take a look at the website or call the museum before visiting, to check up to date opening information.
Off Peak (Feb – Jun & Sept – Dec) Open Tuesday to Sunday
Adult ticket £9.50
Child ticket £4.50 (Age 5-15, under 5’s free)
Family ticket £20.00 (Two Adults & 4 Children)
Concession Tickets £8.50 (Seniors, Students & NHS Workers)
BPT Members and Registered Carers = Free
Peak (Jul & Aug) Open Monday to Sunday
Adult ticket £11.50
Child ticket £5.50 (Age 5-15, under 5’s free)
Family ticket £24.00 (Two Adults and 4 Children)
Concession Tickets £10.00 (Seniors, Students and NHS Workers)
BPT Members and Registered Carers = Free
50% discount for Discovery Card holders. Please bring your card with you as proof of membership.
The ‘Bike in Bath Scheme’ (www.bikeinbath.com) is a facility which allows bicycles to be rented and picked up and dropped off at different locations around the city. The drop-off/pick-up point outside Green Park Station is very conveniently situated for visiting the Museum.
The Herschel Museum does not provide parking facilities. The nearest car park is in Charlotte Street, a 10 minute walk from the Museum. (Please see map below.)
New King Street is within easy walking distance of the city centre, Bath Spa Station, Queen Square and other landmarks. Wayfarer kiosks are in place throughout Bath. The Herschel Museum is marked on these. Accompanying wayfarer maps can be obtained, free of charge, from the Tourist Information Centre and other venues.
Two free digital tours can be downloaded onto your smart phone or accessed via an i-pad that can be borrowed from the front desk. One for adults and another for children, these tours help you to explore the museum and collections.
‘Amazing Astronomy’ – an exciting trail for children – is available to buy from the admissions desk (£1.50).
There is a small gift shop at the Herschel Museum where you will find a range of cards, souvenirs and books for sale, including the Museum Guide Book.
Visitor Facilities – not currently open
The Star Vault Astronomy Auditorium – ‘Constructing the Heavens’
A short, award-winning film (narrated by the late Sir Patrick Moore) introduces the visitor to the Herschels and the impact of their scientific achievements on modern space exploration.
Several rare books, such as Caroline Herschel’s visitors’ book, can be viewed in detail on a monitor near the admissions desk.
Filming and Photography
Non-flash photography is permitted in the Museum. Please note that the use of ‘selfie sticks’ in not permitted.
We have a comprehensive database of images which can be purchased for publication purposes.
The Herschel Museum makes an interesting location for filming TV documentaries, as well as period dramas.
To contact the Curator to discuss your requirements, please click here.
Covid-19 Safety Measures 2022
We remain committed to ensuring the safety of our visitors and our staff. For this reason, the following guidelines are in place and we ask you to follow them when you visit.
If staff or other visitors feel unsafe due to any visitors refusing to comply with any of our requests, you could be asked to leave.
- We do not require pre-booking and welcome all walk in visitors but numbers will be controlled and you may be asked to wait a short time before entering the museum
- We will continue to operate a one way route with two flights of stairs and a single, narrow stairwell
- If you will be visiting with a carer, please book just your ticket and your carer will be allowed in with you free of charge
- Hand sanitiser are available on arrival and all guests will be required to use it on entry and exit
- Those not exempt are required to wear a face covering
- The team on site will be cleaning regularly throughout the day, paying special attention to banisters, door handles and light switches, as well as the toilets
- The team will wear protective PPE including masks and make sure they remain at least 1+ metre away from you. Please help us by continuing to keep socially distanced
- The shop is available before or after your visit at the museum reception desk. Usual shop guidelines apply and we are contactless, no cash can be used
- We may stagger visitor entry times to manage queues and pinch points within the museum. There are some areas where you need to wait for rooms or stairwells to be clear before entering. Please adhere to the requests of museum staff
- Your name and phone number will be requested at the start of your visit on a voluntary basis to support the NHS Track and Trace process
- Please do not attend if anyone in your group has Covid-19 symptoms
- Please advise us by phone or email, if anyone develops Covid-19 symptoms during the session or soon afterwards. Our contact details are on our website
- BPT reserves the right to close the museum for example because of staff developing Covid-19 symptoms or a pre-booked school or group visit. Please check our website or call the museum for up to date opening information
Thank you for your support and cooperation in helping us ensure the ongoing safety of our visitors and staff. We hope you really enjoy your visit and engage with our friendly team, whilst also staying safe and keeping us safe too.