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).
Owing to severe corrosion in its supporting mast, the Timeball has been out of service since early 2020. See 'News' for latest infomation.
When in normal operation, 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.
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.
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.
Click on map for interactive version.