Deal Timeball Tower

Deal Timeball Tower is an Attraction. Area Deal


Victoria Parade
CT14 7BP

What3words location


Useful info

  • Available: Family-friendly
  • Available: Off-site parking (charges may apply)
  • Available: Public transport nearby
  • Not available: Dog-friendly
  • Not available: Parking


Admission fees


Discover an iconic Grade II listed building on Deal seafront, which is a reminder of the importance of the town to the Navy in Georgian times.

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.

Outside view of Deal Timeball Tower, with flowerbeds and a large anchor outside
Deal Timeball Tower