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Bath and the Cotswolds Sights

Herschel Museum of Astronomy

  • 19 New King St. Map It
  • Bath

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In the garden of this modest Bath town house, which he shared with his sister Caroline (an astronomer in her own right), William Herschel (1738–1822) identified the planet Uranus. He used a handmade telescope of his own devising and this small museum, devoted to his studies and discoveries, shows his telescopes, the workshop abutting the kitchen, where he cast his speculum metal mirrors, as well as orreries, caricatures, and musical instruments of his time (Herschel was the organist at Bath's Octagon Chapel).

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19 New King St., Bath, BA1 2BL, England

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Sight Details:

  • £6
  • Weekdays 1–5, weekends and holiday Mon. 11–5; last admission at 4:15


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