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. Read a potted history (PDF file) (this can also 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 open 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 2018

Easter Friday 30th, Saturday 31st March; Sunday 1st, Monday 2nd April;
11.30am to 4.30pm.

Spring Saturdays and Sundays only from Saturday 5th May to Sunday 27th May inclusive, Saturday 2nd June and Sunday 3rd June.
11.30am to 4.30pm.

Public Holidays Mondays 7th and 28th May, Monday 27th August;
11.30am to 4.30pm.

Summer Season Wednesday 6th June to Sunday 30th September, Wednesday's to Sundays inclusive; 11.30am to 4.30pm. During this period, the Tower will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays except Monday 27th August.

New Year 2019 New Year's Day Tuesday 1st January 12.00pm to 2.00pm.


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) (this can also be found in the attachments link at the bottom of this page).