Enjoy this celestial corner of an ancient city

Bath, Somerset

See the planets at home with Bath’s most famous starry-eyed siblings.

As if discovering Uranus and developing telescopes wasn’t enough, the Herschels – William and Caroline – were also highly talented musicians. If you can get over your own inadequacies in their light, the Herschel Museum of Astronomy is a rewarding stop on Bath’s star-studded sightseeing route.

Housed in the Herschels’ former home on historic New King Street, the museum boasts original tools and workshop items, a history of the siblings’ lives and achievements, and the Star Vault Astronomy auditorium, which features a short film by the late, great Sir Patrick Moore. You’ll be absolutely star-struck (sorry).

From the heavens to horticulture, step outside into the garden, for a recreation of tranquil Georgian greenery.

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