Lovers of the stars, fans of the universe and those interested in astronomy will enjoy a trip to the Herschel Museum of Astronomy on New King Street in Bath. Once to home of William Herschel, his sister Caroline and brother Alexander no. 19 New King Street, Bath was the location where William first discovered the planet Uranus in 1781 using a home-made telescope.
If you are looking for a rainy day excursion or are an avid fan of art, then the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath is a great way to spend time and make the most of your visit to this beautiful spa city. Families are more than welcome and you can find a full list of events and activities here. Fun days, tours and talks are available, plus a whole host of different exhibitions for you to enjoy.
The Makery emporium and workshop is the ideal place to spend a rainy spring day and have some fun experimenting and learning new skills during your stay in the beautiful city of Bath. Unique children’s parties, craft workshops and an emporium full of wonderful items will get your artistic thoughts flowing and provide hours of entertainment even on the wettest day.
History, architecture and design are the main focal points of the Building of Bath collection and a great way to spend time when you are visiting this beautiful city. The Building of Bath Collection will help you learn about the important buildings, the city’s heritage and people who changed Bath and made it famous as the home to Georgian architecture and many historical monuments.
Drama, music, theatre performances and more can be seen at the Ustinov Studio in the Theatre Royal, Bath. Over the last 3 years the Ustinov Studio has been the home of many acclaimed premieres of works made locally. This welcoming and beautiful theatre has received great reviews for their productions and you will find the architecture of the building itself is superb.
The enjoyment of seeing ancient skills brought back to life as well as wonderful pieces of handmade glass taking shape before your eyes can be seen this year in the spa city of Bath. At the Bath Aqua Theatre of Glass you can watch artisans blowing glass, take a glass blowing course or try your hand at stained glass making. You can find unique gifts and jewellery in the shop, order your own commissioned piece or learn more about the art of glass blowing from the friendly and experienced staff and tutors.
Bath is one of those cities that makes you want to take your time and walk your way around it. The nostalgic atmosphere and grand Georgian architecture that have made it famous are best viewed on foot. Happily, the World Heritage Centre Audio Tour can be downloaded as an MP3 free of charge, so visitors can enjoy a day discovering the city without missing a thing.
Let’s face it, the historic city of Bath looks stunning from any angle or view, but the Tower Tour available at Bath Abbey is an experience as well as an attraction. Enjoy a peek behind the scenes of the imposing abbey building and discover a history that’s entwined with Bath itself.
Bath has seen many firsts, and one of the most significant was the discovery of Uranus by astronomer William Herschel. He used a telescope he designed himself and made the discovery in 1781 right in his own back garden, and the house has been transformed into a small museum to the family’s work. The Herschels were a family of high achievers in their day, and they were talented musicians as well as astronomers.
Bath’s Art Museum will be treating its visitors to a little Painted Pomp until 6 May, as a new exhibition on Art and Fashion in the Age of Shakespeare has been unveiled. Follow the fashions that made England remarkable, told by some of the most influential Jacobean portraits in the country. The art dates all the way back to 1613, and better still, it will displayed beside surviving dresses and costumes from the same period.