Groups

No. 1 Royal Crescent

Standard Tours

For groups of 15 or more – discounted entry price is £7 per person.  Group leaders are free (1 leader per approx 15 people).  For your group’s enjoyment we recommend that large parties divide into smaller groups of approximately 15 visitors and arrive at 15 minute intervals.

Special Tours

  • An introductory talk about the museum, tea and coffee, and access to the house at £12 per person. Usually available during normal opening hours. (Minimum group size: 15 people.)
  • A private visit to the house out-of-hours (evenings) including talk about the museum, refreshments (including a glass of wine) and tour of the house at £17.50 per person. (Minimum group size: 15 people.) Please note that these tours need to be arranged at least three weeks in advance.

For more information and to make a booking, please contact 01225 428126 or email no1royalcrescent@bptrust.org.uk

Coach drop off is on the Royal Avenue.

 

 Museum of Bath Architecture

Standard Tours

For groups of 10 or more – discounted entry price is £4.50 per person. Group leaders are free

Special Tours

Visits for groups can include a guided tour by the Architectural Curator for Bath Preservation Trust, refreshments (tea, coffee, wine) or an evening lecture on a variety of topics. All talks and tours can be tailored to your specific interests. Please enquire for more details and prices.

For more information and to make a booking, please contact 01225 333895 or email jhunter@bptrust.org.uk

Coach drop off is on Lansdown Road and visitors walk to the Museum via Hay Hill (5 minutes). Coaches must disembark their passengers quickly and then move on as there is no official setting down point here.

 

Beckford’s Tower

Standard Tours

For groups of 10 or more – discounted entry price is £4 per person. Group leaders are free.

Groups are welcome at the Tower by prior arrangement.  Visits can be on weekdays and evenings when the museum is normally closed to the public, or at weekends.  Groups visits can also be booked during the winter closed season. On weekdays and evenings there will also be an additional out of hours opening-up fee of £50.

Special Tours

Visits for groups can include a guided tour from the Tower Curator, a talk tailored to your group’s specific interest and tours of Lansdown Cemetery.

For more information and to make a booking, please contact 01225 460705 or email tower@bptrust.org.uk

Coach drop off is on Lansdown Road where there is a layby at Lansdown Cemetery next to the Tower.

 

Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Standard Tours

For groups of 10 or more – discounted entry price is £5.50 per person. Group leaders are free. Groups are welcome at the museums by prior arrangement.

Special Tours

  • The museum is delighted to welcome astronomy and other specialist groups or clubs. A short introductory talk can sometimes be arranged for an additional fee of £20 per group.
  • ‘Behind the Scenes’ Tours are available at various times at £8.00 per head. Advanced booking is necessary. Please click here to check availability of the curator.
  • If your group would like a private visit to the Herschel Museum out of normal opening hours, we charge a £50 opening fee. We can also provide drinks and nibbles for evening visits.

For more information and to make a booking contact 01225 446865 or email herschelbpt@btconnect.com

Coach drop off is in Norfolk Crescent, a 5 minute walk from the Museum.

 

ITINERARIES FOR GROUPS

1)  At Home with the Georgians 

At No. 1 Royal Crescent and at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy at 19 New King Street you can explore life in a Georgian house from one of the grandest addresses in Bath to a more modest home for the ‘middling sort’.  Visits to these museums provide a fascinating insight into day to day life in the 18th century and your group can explore how different life was above and below stairs and how many tasks and issues are common to those of today.

Useful information  –  Groups can walk between these museums through Royal Victoria Park. We can provide information on coach drop off points and places for refreshments or lunch.

2)  Bath’s Georgian heyday

In the 18th century Bath became the most sought after place in Britain outside London and, from the 1720’s, the demand for high quality houses for the fashionable and elite meant the city expanded enormously increasing from a population of c.3,000 in 1700 to almost 30,000 in 1800. No museums illustrate this growth better than the Museum of Bath Architecture, the grand house at No. 1 Royal Crescent, the more modest house at 19 New King Street (home to the Herschel Museum of Astronomy).

Useful information  –  Groups can walk between these museums but we are happy to provide a guide to lead them and providing information en route on some of the city’s architectural masterpieces such as The Circus and Assembly Rooms. Please contact us for details on costs. We can provide information on coach drop off points and places for refreshments or lunch.

3)  Bath and the Enlightenment

The ideas and practices of the Enlightenment touched Bath in many ways including science, philosophy and culture.  In 1766, William Herschel arrived in Bath and the following year he was appointed Director of Music in the city. His interest in astronomy also developed and in 1781, the garden of his home in New King Street became the site of the discovery of the planet, Uranus. This was a major event which rocked the astronomical community and brought Herschel immediate recognition as a serious scientist.

The prolific collector, William Beckford, arrived in Bath in 1822 acquiring a house in Lansdown Crescent and the land behind to construct a mile long ride with beautiful gardens to the hill’s summit where he built a remarkable 120 foot high tower with far reaching views of the countryside to house his collection.  Visits to the Herschel Museum of Astronomy and Beckford’s Tower will provide an insight into these two fascinating men of the Enlightenment and their lives in Bath.

Useful information  –  Groups will require their coach to transport them between these museums and coach setting down points will be advised. If required, we can also provide suggestions for places to have lunch and there is the option to add a guide to accompany the group between the two museums.

For more information on these tours please email jhull@bptrust.org.uk or contact the museums direct as above.

 

 

 

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