Deal Timeball Tower is an Attraction.
The tower contains a museum which features exhibits about the history of the tower, its use for navigation, signalling and precision electrical timekeeping, and the mechanics of operating the Timeball.
The Timeball signal was established in 1855. The Timeball, which fell at 1pm precisely, was triggered by an electric signal so that ships could check their chronometers. It was administered by the Royal Observatory from 1864 until 1927 when it became obsolete and its operation was ceased.
The Timeball has recently been restored with a brand new mast and is programmed to drop every day at 1pm. From April to September the ball drops hourly from 9am to 5pm.
Please note that the museum is on four floors with no ramp or lift access.
Coach parties and groups are welcome but should contact the museum in advance.
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