Visit Us

The tower reopened at Easter 2004, following a number of years of closure, with a series of new displays related to communication, semaphore and signalling also including interactive displays. (A more detailed history can be downloaded from the attachments link at the bottom of this page). 

The museum is on four floors with no ramp or lift access. People with disabilities are advised to phone in advance. Coach trips and groups are also advised to contact us in advance.

Timeball Drop

The Timeball Is programmed to drop every day at 1pm. Additionally, during the summer season (1 April – 30 September) the ball drops hourly from 9am to 5pm. The Timeball also drops at midnight on New Years’ Eve.  The drop cycle is as follows: At 5 minutes to the hour the ball goes half way up; at 3 minutes to the hour it goes to the top of the mast and drops on the hour. The drop cycle is automatic. The Timeball is controlled by the MSF Radio Time Signal transmitter located at Anthorn, in Cumbria.

Opening Times for 2017

New Year: New Year’s Day Sunday 1st January; 12.00pm to 2:00pm
Easter: Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th and Monday 17th April; 11:30am to 4:30pm
Spring: Saturdays and Sundays only from 29th April to 28th May inclusive; 11:30am to 4:30pm
Public Holidays: Mondays 1st and 29th May; 28th August 11:30am to 4:30pm
Summer season: From Thursday 1st June to Sunday 1st October, Wednesday to Sunday inclusive; 11:30am to 4:30pm. During this period, the Tower will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays.


Adults £3.00, Children 5 and over and Students £2.00, Children under 5 free.
Discounts available for groups - please discuss your requirements with us.

Membership subscriptions

Download the standing order form which can be found in the attachments link at the bottom of this page.