Whether you’re planting, pruning, or just soaking up some rays on a summer’s day, it can be hard to keep track of time when you’re enjoying yourself in the garden – and that’s where garden clocks come in.
A garden clock will enable you to easily see what the time is when you’re outside, without the irksome intrusion of mobile phones or alarms. They are usually battery-powered and weatherproof, and can be mounted on the exterior wall of your home, or a fence or shed.
Not only are they practical for keeping track of time, but an outdoor clock can also make a stylish addition to your garden. You can choose from traditional wall clocks and designs that blend into the natural surroundings, or ones which makes a bold style statement, and everything in between.
To help you find your perfect new outdoor timepiece, we’ve chosen 6 of the best garden clocks on the market, according to factors such as their appearance, legibility and value for money.
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Hang one of these on an outside wall, and you’ll always know when it’s time for tea!
Our favourite garden clock is stylish, weatherproof, and features two clock faces, so it can be seen from all directions
Coming out on top of our list of the best garden clocks is this Kensington Station Clock by The Garden & Home Co. Featuring a traditional design and a durable powder-coated finish, this stylish outdoor clock is the perfect addition to an outside wall.
This is a relatively small option, with the clock and bracket measuring 30 x 26 x 10cm, and is therefore perfect for smaller gardens. The bracket allows it to be easily mounted to a wall or other vertical surface, and the fixings for this are also included.
The clock face itself has a diameter of 14.5cm, and features traditional Roman numerals. It’s plastic-coated with a glass cover, which further helps to make the clock waterproof. Due to its small size, you may struggle to see the time from a distance.
However, one of the best things about this design is that it’s double-sided, meaning there are two clock faces, one on each side. This useful feature makes it ideal for placing in the middle of your garden, to be seen from all angles.
Overall, this clock is comparable to many outdoor clocks on the market, but the high-quality and weatherproof finish, double-sided clock face, and attractive design mean it just edges ahead of the competition and scoops the title of our top pick.
- Stylish, traditional design.
- Double-sided clock face can be seen from all angles.
- Durable powder-coated finish is fully weatherproof.
- Quartz accuracy operated movement.
- Easy to install, comes with fixings for wall mounting.
- Includes 2 x AA batteries.
- Might be too small for some – clock face can be difficult to read from a distance.
- No built-in thermometer (as many garden clocks have).
It may not be the best quality, but the large clock face, built-in thermometer, and affordable price tag make this our best value garden clock
If you’re looking for a more budget option, we recommend this Kingfisher Garden Clock & Thermometer, which is our most affordable garden clock.
This outdoor wall clock measures 20cm in diameter, making it larger and easier to read than the previous model. Roman numerals give it a traditional look and a timeless style that will fit right into any garden.
Another selling feature of this clock is that it not only tells the time- there’s also a built-in thermometer, to monitor the external temperature too. To have both of these features in one model is highly attractive, especially for such a low price.
It has to be said that the price of this clock probably reflects the quality. Several online users report issues with the thermometer not recording the correct temperature, and the clock may also need regular adjusting to remain accurate.
However, the vast majority of users are happy with the clock, particularly noting its durability, ease of mounting and how great it looks on the wall. If you’re looking for an affordable garden clock to keep track of the time when you’re outside, you could do a lot worse than this Kingfisher Garden Clock.
- Traditional-style garden wall clock.
- Large 20cm diameter clock face is easy to read.
- Also features a thermometer, for monitoring the external temperature.
- Great for those on a budget – this is our most affordable clock.
- Rear fixing hook for easy mounting.
- Suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
- Not the best quality – time may need to be adjusted, and thermometer is not always accurate.
- Requires 1 x AA battery, which is not included.
This pretty robin design on the face of this outdoor wall clock is perfect for wildlife lovers – and makes it a great gift idea
Perhaps these traditional-style, Roman numeral clocks are a little plain and boring for your taste? In that case, this Smart Garden Robin Wall Clock might be right up your street.
This stylish garden wall clock features a hand-painted design on the polyresin face, depicting a robin perched on a branch, surrounded by leaves. It’s ideal for wildlife and bird lovers, and would also make a fabulous gift for gardeners.
The polyresin base is weatherproof, so you don’t need to worry about hanging it outside, exposed to the elements. As with all of these clocks, it’s suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, so if the design is too pretty to leave out in the garden, you can bring it into your home to enjoy.
With a 30cm diameter, this is our largest garden clock yet, and the Arabic numerals make it nice and clear – although the hands are not the easiest to see from a distance. It has skip hand movement and, along with the clock, there’s also a built-in centigrade thermometer reading.
Undoubtedly the best thing about this outdoor clock is the beautiful robin design, which is sure to impress any nature-loving gardener. If you’re looking for a clock that will complement its surroundings and delight the time-teller, this Robin Wall Clock is the obvious choice.
- Made from weather-resistant polyresin.
- Attractive, hand-painted robin design.
- Includes Quartz accuracy and built-in centigrade reading.
- Large 30cm diameter face and Arabic numerals make it easy to read.
- Bracket on the back enables easy wall mounting.
- Makes a lovely gift for gardeners.
- Difficult to see the clock hands from a distance.
This garden wall clock perfectly blends modern and traditional style, to create an attractive and highly legible timepiece
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This Bickerton Classic Outdoor Clock is a stylish blend of modern and classic design. It combines a distressed, vintage look with modern numerals and timeless grey, to create a clock that will be at home in any garden scheme.
The time is displayed with quartz accuracy, and this is another one that also includes a thermometer, so it can measure the temperature, as well as the time. The scale shows both the Celsius and Fahrenheit scale, making it suitable for all users.
This is perhaps one of our easiest clocks to read from a distance – the clock face is a large 30cm in diameter, and the hands stand out well against the plain background. It could therefore be a great choice for larger gardens, or users with poor eyesight.
Its weatherproof design is suitable for use outside year-round, or indoors in high-moisture areas, such as the kitchen and bathroom. The mechanism is designed to be near-silent, in order to be as unobtrusive as possible, especially if mounted inside the home.
The construction of this clock is robust and sturdy, so it should stand the test of time – which is especially impressive when you consider the price of this clock, which is considerably lower than many competitors. If you do experience any problems in the first two years, the manufacturer’s guarantee should help get things sorted quickly.
- Vintage-style grey wall clock.
- Large 30cm diameter clock face is easy to read.
- Near-silent mechanism is unobtrusive.
- Weatherproof design is suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
- In-built thermometer with Celsius and Fahrenheit scale.
- Reasonably priced, compared to similar designs.
- 2-year manufacturer’s guarantee.
- The thermometer can be a little difficult to set, and in some cases may not work properly.
A stone-effect border and neutral colours make this outdoor clock perfect for achieving a natural look in your garden
Our next choice is this Waterproof Garden Clock from OCEST. At 33cm in diameter, this is our largest clock yet – although the clock face is considerably smaller.
This is due to the blue-grey stone-effect border which frames the clock face, and makes it perfect for creating a modern classic look in your garden. Although it appears almost metallic, the frame is actually made from a sturdy ABS plastic, and the face is covered in a glass lens.
As with any good garden clock, this one is entirely weatherproof thanks to the sealed ring surround, and is designed to withstand rain, sleet, snow and sun. If you prefer, you can also use it indoors, where it will cope well with heat and moisture in high traffic areas.
The usefulness of the clock is enhanced by the built-in thermometer, which has a Celsius/Fahrenheit scale. Additionally, the silent no-ticking quartz movement will ensure your clock is seen, but not heard – ideal if you want to place it in a shed or workshop where you need to concentrate.
Overall, this is a high-quality and durable outdoor wall clock that will add a stylish look to your garden. It might not be the cheapest product on our list, but it’s not expensive either, and if your budget will stretch, we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
- Stone-effect border gives it a stylish, natural look.
- Made from durable ABS plastic.
- Clock face is clear and easy to read.
- Entirely weatherproof – will work in rain, snow or sun.
- Silent quartz movement ensures there’s no ticking to disturb you.
- Includes built-in Celsius/Fahrenheit scale.
- Not the most affordable option.
- Required AA battery is not included.
This garden clock offers something a little different; the stylish skeletal design with metallic hands will add some glamour to your garden
The final garden clock on our list is this Roman Numerals Open Face Clock by Home and Garden Products. This one showcases a different design to all our previous clocks, with a skeletal, open frame.
The clock has an antique rust effect and is prone to weathering, which gives it even more of an antique look. The hands are painted in metallic gold, creating a glamorous, Art Deco effect. However, be prepared for the gold paint on the hands to rub off if the clock is placed outside in heavy rain.
That should be the only thing that gets damaged though, as the clock is weather-resistant to IP44 standards, and is particularly designed to withstand strong winds.
There are Roman numerals positioned around the edge of the clock face, which further the sophisticated look. In total, the clock measures 58cm in diameter, so it’s not small – you’ll need to make sure you have enough space for it on your wall.
When it comes to mounting this on your wall (or fence), you may notice that the included fixing isn’t the best, and that the clock doesn’t quite lie flat against the wall. These are minor concerns though – ultimately, this unique outdoor clock is an excellent choice for the design-conscience gardener.
- Stylish skeletal design.
- On-trend antique rust effect and metallic gold hands.
- Weather-resistant to IP44 standard.
- Designed to withstand strong winds.
- Large size can be seen from long distances.
- Gold paint on hands is prone to coming off in the rain.
- Fixing relies on just one screw.
April is a freelance writer who specialises in writing about home and garden design and the environment. She is an avid wildlife-enthusiast and adventure-seeker, and feels happiest when in the Great Outdoors.