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.
Variation to Opening Days
The Corona Virus (Covid-19) pandemic and the consequent Government instructions for social distancing means that the Timeball Tower remains shut. We await further Government instructions on when the 'hospitality sector' may re-open. We will review our opening plans again in mid July and hope to open in early August.
Summer opening: Wednesday to Sunday inclusive; Wednesday 5 August through to Sunday 27 September - our regular opening days, plus Monday 31 August special Bank Holiday opening.
Opening hours: Unchanged at 1130 to 1630 hrs.
Time Stands Still
Time Stands Still
We are sorry but the Timeball remains inoperative to safeguard against falling corrosion debris and also to protect the mechanism. A recent inspection of the Timeball mast revealed significant corrosion. The mast will have to be stripped to bare metal and repainted prior to reinforcement with welded steel plates. It is planned that the Timeball Tower will be scaffolded in April for a complete repaint and repair of the external fabric.
The work to repair the Timeball mast will take place during this period. It is hoped to have the Timeball back to normal operation by mid to late May.
Help Keep the Ball Rising (and falling)
Deal Timeball Tower has been telling people the time since 1855. It is one of only a very small number of structures that continues to operate a timeball every day, including Christmas Day, all year round. It is probably unique in that it is the only timeball that can be visited by the public.
Our visitors come from all around the world many of whom have become supporters and help maintain the building and the mechanism for future generations. However, we do need more people to help keep our unique peice of history alive.
We are asking people to become supporters. For £10 (couple) or £6 (single) a year you are able to visit the tower during our open season and your children have entry for free. You also get 10% any goods you buy from our shop but more importantly you will be helping support this unique peice of history.
You can download the application form by clicking this link.
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2019
We have been awarded a TripAdvisor certificate of Excellence for 2019, so now there is even more reason to visit us.
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.