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Opening Times for 2023

Easter: Friday 7th, Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th and Monday 10th April; 11:30am to 4:30pm

Spring: Saturdays and Sundays only from 29th April to 28th May’ excepting 6th & 8thMay(Coronation weekend), 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 summer period, the Tower will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays.




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. In early 2020, all the storyboards were renewed with a completely new series of presentations, some of them interactive. 

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.

Read a potted history (PDF file) (this can also be found in the attachments link at the bottom of this page).


Timeball Drop

The Timeball is programmed to drop every day at 1pm. Additionally, during the open season (1 April – 30 September) the ball drops hourly from 9am to 5pm. The Timeball is also normally programmed to drop 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.


Admission prices

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 (PDF).

We also have a Gift Aid Form (PDF) for donations. 

Both of these forms can also be found in the attachments link at the bottom of this page.


Location map

Click on map for interactive version.