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Museum of Timekeeping

Upton Hall, Main Street, Upton, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 5TE
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Museum of Timekeeping


The Museum of Timekeeping is home to a fascinating collection of clocks, watches and timepieces.

Established in 1994, the Museum of Timekeeping cares for a unique collection of artefacts at the home of the British Horological Institute in the picturesque village of Upton, located between Newark and Southwell in Nottinghamshire.

Come and visit to explore amazing exhibits including the watch worn by Captain Scott on his ill-fated polar expedition of 1912. You can also discover more about early timekeeping devices including turret and lantern clocks, and hear the voice of the General Post Office’s first Speaking Clock via the original machine itself.

During your visit you can also explore the grounds and grand rooms of the beautiful, grade II listed Upton Hall which is home to the Museum. You can also discover more about the long, rich history of the Museum of Timekeeping and its members, who have promoted the study and practice of clock and watchmaking since their foundation in 1858.

The museum is open to visitors during our seasonal summer opening hours from May through to September, on our special event days, or through privately booked tours.

For more information and bookings, please contact the Museum of Timekeeping by phone on 01636 817601 or email.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adults (Price starts from)£5.00 per ticket
Group (Price starts from)£10.00 per ticket
Museum of Timekeeping Members (Price starts from)Free
Under 16sFree

*Payment on the door by cash only. Prices vary for special events

Map & Directions



  • Indoor Attraction
  • On-Site café/restaurant - Clock House Cafe is located next door to the museum. The cafe provides discounts for museum visitors and it is advisable to book in advance if you are a large party.
  • Parking (free)
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors - accessed via an inclined ramp to the toilet block.

Opening Times

Museum of Timekeeping - Summer Openings (26 May 2019 - 8 Sep 2019)
Friday11:00 - 15:00

* Every Friday from 26 May – 8 September 2018, 11am – 3pm (last admission 2.30pm)
The Museum will be open every Friday, over Summer, for visitors to explore and browse its fascinating collections.

Special Events
The Museum also hosts a range of Special Events throughout the year, including the Sunday that the clocks go forward each March, and the Sunday that the clocks go back each October.

Group Visits
We welcome pre-booked group visits for (10-24 people) throughout the year.

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Friday, 13 July 2018 - Friday, 19 October 2018

Open Days at Museum of TimekeepingCome and visit the Museum of Timekeeping on their open day each Friday to explore amazing exhibits including the watch worn by Captain Scott on his ill-fated polar expedition of 1912.
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Saturday, 10 November 2018 - Sunday, 11 November 2018

Haunted Heritage Ghost HuntJoin Haunted Heritage at Upton House for an evening of ghost hunting. You'll be taken on a ghost hunter's journey where you'll be a key part of the investigation and have a full hands-on experience.
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Sunday, 28 October 2018 - Sunday, 28 October 2018

Fall Back Show at The Museum of TimekeepingThe Museum of Timekeeping and Southwell Traders come together to mark the occasion of the clocks going back for the autumn.
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