Opening up Bath’s heritage

With lockdown easing, visitors will soon be able to again explore and engage with the fascinating stories and histories of the No.1 Royal Crescent, Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Beckford’s Tower and Museum of Bath Architecture. 

William Herschel

Herschel Museum of Astronomy – open from 19 May, Wednesday – Sunday weekly

A brand-new audio tour is now available for adult visitors that brings the house to life, with stories about how the Herschel family lived and worked in Bath, exploring their contributions to science and music during their time in 19 New King Street. Also new for 2021 is an audio-visual guide for children – meet Caroline Herschel as she takes you around her home and helps you to explore the home and collections, encouraging you to make your own discoveries. 

Beckford’s Tower

Beckford’s Tower – open by appointment from 17 May

<img src="cid:image006.jpg@01D73C02.EB0407B0" alt="Book a guided tour or self-led visit and follow in William’s footsteps, following Beckford’s Ride up to the Tower, which is now home to a museum displaying original furniture that has been found and brought back to the Tower, alongside paintings, prints and objects, illustrating his controversial life. Visitors can also climb the spiral staircase to the beautiful Belvedere and experience the spectacular, panoramic views.

Museum of Bath Architecture

Museum of Bath Architecture – open by appointment from 17 May

Using maps, designs, drawings, videos, paintings and tools, including a 1:500 scale model of Bath which gives a miniature, birds-eye-view of the whole city, you can discover Bath’s famous architectural treasures including the iconic Royal Crescent and The Circus, before seeing them for real just a short walk away.

No 1 Royal Crescent

No.1 Royal Crescent – opens Wednesday 2 June

One of Bath’s most famous and instantly recognisable locations – if not its most prestigious address – when it reopens, No.1 Royal Crescent will feature a remarkable new immersive experience, which will allow visitors to see life as it was lived in Georgian Bath during the late 1700s.