In this guide we’ll take a look at the best garden clocks for the UK market.
I’ve compared design, accuracy, build quality and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Garden Clock?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
A weather-resistant and eye-catching garden feature!
This Ripley Outdoor Wall Clock makes a charming addition to any garden, plus it can be used inside as well as out. Its contemporary, modern design is created in brass-look resin which looks great and withstands adverse weather conditions very well. It has a 50 cm diameter with a very clear dial and runs off 1 x AA battery (not included).
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More Detailed Garden Clock Reviews
Ripley Outdoor Wall Clock Review
This Ripley Outdoor Wall Clock has a wonderfully creative design and is made from weather-resistant resin; it can be used indoors or outside.
It’s really stunning aesthetically, and honestly looks much more expensive than it is – you would think it is made from solid brass! As a result it looks great hanging on the wall, like a really high-end clock!
The dial is protected by a glass cover to keep out the elements.
The face is very clear with bronze-effect numerals. It is 50 cm in diameter and comes with all the necessary fixings to attach it to a wall. Only 1 x AA battery is required, which does not come included.
This is a beautiful piece of contemporary design; it’s really excellent quality for the price too. I’ve had lots of compliments on it and several friends have asked where they can get one from (always a good indication that they really do like it!).
Plus, it has coped admirably with baking summer heat as well as intense winter downpours with no ill effects. This is by far one of the best garden clocks around!
Newby Mechanical Wall Clock Review
This traditional Newby Mechanical Wall Clock is an extremely stunning piece that makes an excellent feature in the garden.
It’s made from weatherproof resin but looks very much like aged brass. The design is classic and charming with metal hands and clear, easy-to-read numerals.
The diameter of the clock is around 30 cm so it won’t look overbearing no matter where you put it. Plus, it’s fully weather resistant and therefore suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
In my opinion it would look lovely either in the garden or conservatory. The mechanism is sturdy, and the clock has a nice tick which is soothing without being too loud.
This is a beautiful garden clock which looks like a brass model. It would add a lovely feature to any garden whether modern or more traditional and copes with both hot sun and heavy rain with no signs of damage.
Horse and Bell Garden Clock Review
This Horse and Bell Garden Clock would add a touch of elegance to a traditionally styled garden.
It’s double sided, featuring a thermometer on the reverse, and an authentic bell hangs from the bottom, providing a gentle tinkle in a breeze. The horse figurine on top of the clock is a lovely additional decorative feature.
The clock and bell come attached to an ornate metal bracket and the bracket and all the parts are made from metal with an antique bronze effect.
The thermometer shows temperatures in both Celsius and Fahrenheit. The garden clock face has a diameter of 15 cm and the whole unit, including the bracket has dimensions of 27.5 cm x 8.5cm x 47cm. This garden clock looks lovely hung from a wall and has lasted well outside with no ill effects from either heatwaves or rain showers.
You get a lot for your money with this charming clock and it is sure to provide a talking point in your garden. If you’re looking for a timepiece which looks traditional and ‘vintage’, this is a great choice.
Kingfisher Vintage Clock Planter Review
This Kingfisher Vintage Clock Planter not only features a simple, easy-to-read clock, but also a thermometer of equal dimensions and a hanging planter built in as part of the design.
The frame and planter are made from sturdy metal, and the clock and thermometer faces are protected with tight-fitting glass covers. The planter also includes a liner so it’s ready to use right away.
This garden clock is a delightful and useful addition to the garden. It’s convenient for checking the time when gardening or just keeping an eye on the hour when relaxing. The thermometer is a handy addition which helps you judge when to protect plants for the winter, too.
The planter looks lovely attached to a brick wall and filled with trailing, flowering plants – a truly beautiful addition to your garden space. It attaches easily to the wall with the fixings provided so you won’t waste time setting it up.
I decided to use slightly sturdier fixings as I was concerned that the weight of the planter might be too much for the ones provided, but this was an easy switch and will ensure that the clock and planter stand the test of time.
To wrap up, not only is this an attractive and useful timepiece, it also makes a lovely feature when full of flowers. Without a doubt it will look beautiful in your garden.
Mechanical Metal Antique Style Wall Clock Review
This Mechanical Metal Antique Style Wall Clock has a rust-effect finish that would be perfect for a more relaxed chic-style space.
The design is simple, and the face is clear and easy to read from a distance. I personally love garden clocks of this style, they give off a real ‘secret garden’ feel!
The visible, decorative mechanical gears add interest to the design of this timepiece. It’s all made from painted metal with a finish that protects it from the damaging effect of wind, rain and sun.
The clock has a diameter of 40 cm and the time is marked in clear Roman numerals.
This is another beautiful timepiece that would blend well into in a relaxed or rustic garden theme and seems impervious to the elements.
Primrose Metal Garden Clock in Patina Turquoise Review
This Primrose Metal Garden Clock in Patina Turquoise has a more colourful design than some of the other clocks on this list, adding a splash of colour to your garden. The turquoise effect is almost like the patina of old copper, just a little brighter.
It has a nice large 46 cm diameter making it easy to read from a distance. Plus the Roman numerals are clear and give it a nice classic style.
The colour looks great contrasting against an orange brick wall, and this is another fine example of a garden clock that is excellent value for money.
Slate Effect Patterned Outdoor Garden Clock Review
This Slate Effect Patterned Outdoor Garden Clock is not only an excellent timepiece, but it features temperature and humidity gauges which are handy for the keen gardener.
The clock is of a really attractive design and looks like it is made from slate, but it is actually made from weather-resistant resin.
The geometric design is very attractive, resembling a sun’s rays, and the natural colours give this a charm that is perfect for any garden.
The numeric clock face is clear and easy to read, even from a distance, plus it’s protected by a glass cover from the elements. The clock diameter is 30 cm so is big enough to see easily in the garden without being overbearing.
The garden clock is easy to fix to the wall and the battery (1 x AA) is protected by a sturdy case – you will need a screwdriver to change the battery but they last for ages so this is not much hassle.
Overall, this is a beautiful garden clock that really looks like it is made from slate. Again, it has a high-end look without the matching price tag.
Radio Controlled Outdoor Garden Wall Clock Review
This classically styled Radio Controlled Outdoor Garden Wall Clock is a timeless (!) piece that will look great in any home, either indoors or out.
The white metal casing of the clock has been specially treated to give it an aged, vintage look. It looks like something you could have picked up in a charming London antiqued shop!
With clear Roman numerals on a 38 cm clock face, it’s easy to read even from a distance. Plus, it’s fitted with weatherproof glass to protect it from the elements, making it suitable for outdoor use all year round.
A really handy, practical feature is that this model features radio technology, ensuring it keep the correct time all year round. You won’t even need to remember to put it forward or back!
This great clock automatically sets itself to the right time when you insert the batteries (1 x AA) and keeps perfect time – no fiddly adjusting in sight!
It’s exceptionally durable and seems able to brush off both baking heat and torrential downpours with no adverse effects, looking just as stylish and well-made as when it was first put outside.
Metal Roman Numeral Garden Wall Clock Review
This Metal Roman Numeral Garden Wall Clock is made from sturdy metal with an ‘ironwork-look’ finish. It has an eye-catching design; metal Roman numerals attached to a metal surround.
It’s a large clock, with a 60 cm diameter, so makes an incredible statement. The design is both simple and classic with no backing plate or cover required.
It’s clearest to read when placed against a plain light-coloured wall or fence. It would be ideal for a rustic-chic or ‘industrial’ style garden or room.
This is a beautiful garden clock that has withstood the elements well and offers great value for money.
Birdcage Outdoor Wall Clock Review
This Birdcage Outdoor Wall Clock is a really pretty, rather quaint, garden clock with a small timepiece in a birdcage-design frame.
It’s a unique item in a lovely soft grey colour; the wirework cage is delicate and intricately worked. The frame also features two light grey metal butterflies.
It’s sure to be a delightful feature in a traditional or vintage-style garden.
This garden clock is fully weatherproof and suitable for year-round use outside. The overall size is 55 x 35 cm, but the clock face is considerably smaller, so it won’t be as easy to see from a distance in a large garden.
Things to Know Before Buying a Garden Clock
A garden clock adds charm and character to your outdoor space.
Despite the fact that we’re rarely less than a foot away from a digital clock in one form or other (wristwatches, smartphones, etc.) the traditional, rustic garden clock is no less popular now than in the past. They add a personal touch to your garden, and there’s a huge range of stylish designs on the market.
Not sure what to look for when it comes to the best garden clock? Take a look at the following tips.
Of course, if you want your garden clock to stand the test of time (ahem…), it needs to be resistant to the elements. If you’re installing it in an exposed area, it should be fully waterproof and sturdy. It should also be resistant to bright sunlight.
The best garden clocks are made from rust-resistant metal or resin. These materials withstand the elements very well and able to cope with both baking sun and torrential rain.
Make sure that your clock is securely attached to the wall. If there is a lot of wind you don’t want it to get dislodged. If the clock doesn’t come with many fixings you may want to add more – it’s better to be safe than sorry (and we all know how blustery that UK weather can get sometimes!).
Garden clocks are available in a huge range of designs, so it really comes down to personal preference, as well as the style of your garden.
Traditional roman-numeral style clocks were originally used in vintage gardens, but more recently they have been used to bring a rustic touch to contemporary gardens and homes.
At the other end of the scale are more modern colourful designs which look great in bright and quirky gardens. Some clocks come with built-in hanging planters which also adds a bit more personality.
Consider the colours and materials already present in your garden – if you have a lot of natural wood and traditional tones, a more standard design may suit better. Brick walls tend to allow you a lot of flexibility, acting as good bases for either traditional or contemporary styles.
The size of your clock will be dictated by how much wall space you have available, as well as the look of your garden.
Large clocks make a serious statement, and allow you to see the time at a glance. Now, you’ll want to be sure about the design of the clock before committing to such a full-on piece, but if you get it right you’ll love how it elevates the appearance of your garden!
Smaller models can be sweet and understated, well suited to minimalist spaces or quaint gardens.
Some garden clocks come with additional features, including integrated thermometers or humidity gauges. These are handy tools for any keen gardener, or budding meteorologists!
Depending on the style of your garden, you might like to incorporate your clock into the space even more more – some clocks come with planters attached so you can balance the mechanical unit with some added greenery and foliage.
Garden Clock FAQs
To ensure your thermometer gives you a meaningful reading of the air temperature in your garden you should place it out of direct sunlight and away from surfaces that have been heated by sunlight. Position your thermometer anywhere in the shade and you will get a reliable reading.
In general, it is believed that having the ‘mid’ point of the clock hanging somewhere between 145 – 152 cm off the floor is an ideal height. This is the method applied to clocks indoors, and it applies outside as well. Of course, outdoors you may also choose to hang it higher than this, for example: above the door of your shed or garage.
You’ll need to use an anchor screw.
- Drill into the mortar of the brick wall, not the brick itself.
- Clean the hole by blowing the dust away.
- Take a wall dog anchor screw and a hanging hook with a washer.
- Place the washer/hook over the hole, insert the anchor screw, and drill it tight.
- Now you can hang your clock knowing that the screw will not come loose.