Welcome to the Timeball Tower website. The tower is located on the seafront in Deal. This website will give you an insight into the tower, what it is and information on exhibits and opening times. Visit the Photograph Galleries for a photographic tour of the museum.
The Visitor Information page provides you with our admission and opening times details, a brief history of the TimeBall Tower as well as directions to us and a location map to give you that little bit more help when finding us. You can also find details and a standing order form for membership subscription here.
We've recently acquired the licence to sell Norfolk China, embossed with images of Deal and the Tower itself. Please see price list to the right and the Photograph Galleries for some representative images.
We hope you enjoy visiting our website and hope to see you at the Timeball Tower soon.
Deal Heritage Open Days
We are open, as part of Deal Heritage Open Days, on Sunday 16th September only from 11.30 to 4.30.
In keeping with the other venues there will be free entry on that day, donations welcome.
The Tower's Chronometer comes home
We're delighted to announce that the Tower's original 19th century Marine Chronometer is back where it should be, proudly on display in an illuminated security cabinet on the top floor.
This wonderful piece of Victorian craftmanship is still in full working order. It was bought at auction by Deal Town Council for visitors to the Tower to enjoy.
Volunteers desperately needed
Dear Deal and District – Please Help!
After just managing to staff the latest Easter opening, we Keepers of Deal’s famous and unique TimeBall Tower are facing the forthcoming season with dismay. We’ve never been overwhelmed with Volunteers, but recent losses of long-standing stalwarts have made our future openings look decidedly uncertain.
The Tower is due to open 1130-1630 on Saturdays and Sundays in May plus Bank Holidays, then the full season of Wednesdays to Sundays inclusive is scheduled to begin in June. Without extra Volunteers to supplement our dwindling band of Regulars, this schedule may not be achievable.
Refurbishment update (January 2018)
Over the winter of 2016 -17 the Timeball Tower Museum underwent considerable refurbishment. The electrical systems were updated and the interior was repainted. The Timeball roof was completely re-sealed and all the slates were replaced. Regrettably at the start of the main 2017 season, a fault developed with the Timeball operating system which necessitated adjusting the movement of the Ball to make it slightly slower. Eventually an expensive major overhaul will be needed to the switching system which controls the Ball's travel. There were periods in 2017 when the Timeball was locked for safety reasons; this may unfortunately continue into the 2018 season until the major overhaul can be completed.