Museum of Time Keeping, Upton, Newark, Nottinghamshire
If clocks and watches fascinate you, you’ll be keen to visit the Museum of Time Keeping at Upton Hall between Southwell and Newark. It’s home to the British Horological Institute and houses an incredible collection of up to 10,000 timepieces, some 5,000 books, and countless tools and photographs. You can learn all about history and the science of timekeeping, but what sets this apart from most other museums is that many of the exhibits are in full working order; it’s quite mesmerising to see them all in action, to watch how the mechanisms work and to hear the different chimes and bells.
Among the extensive collections are lantern clocks and turret clocks, the first three speaking clocks, and the watch worn by Captain Scott on his 1912 Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole. The setting is a beautiful Grade II listed mansion house with grand rooms and original features; outside are grounds to explore so do so if the weather is good, make the most of your visit.
Open: Fridays 11.00am-3.00pm 1st April to late October
T: 01636 817601 All information correct at the time of writing