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The Needles Battery

Highdown Lane, Totland PO39 0JH, England
+44 1983 754772
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Ranked #1 of 5 attractions in Totland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Leicester
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

As National Trust members we got in free to the old battery. Excellent views of the Needles and lots of information on boards as well as the well informed staff. Don't miss the tunnel to the searchlight position as you get as close as it is possible to the Needles. It is down a very tight spiral staircase and a... More

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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84 reviews 84 reviews
31 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The one drawback is having to park at the ghastly blot on the landscape called the Needles Park. How or why planning permission was given, I do not know, because it is slap in the middle of some wonderful natural scenery. However, once you have parked and walked away from this area, the full majesty of this area takes hold.... More

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UK
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41 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is actually two attractions in one: the Old Battery and the New Battery. The Old Battery is a museum that has an entrance fee, whilst the New Battery doesn't cost anything. Mostly because there's nothing up there. Firstly, the Old Battery. As interesting as this place looked, I ended up not going in as I felt that £5.90 was... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Very scenic, very atmospheric and my boys just loved the tunnel! They could have played there for hours. Hard to get a decent photo of the needles without fencing/barrier getting in the way

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The only parking is at the Needles Park and it is a fair walk to the Battery, but well worth doing with views of Alum Bay and the Solent on the way. If you take a short (uphill) detour on the way there (or back) you can take in a very interesting (free) display of the role of the new... More

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

during our stay on the isle of wight, one of the best attractions we visited. nice views and nice cup of tea before the walk up there. Quite a long walk for me and my wife so be ready for a long walk. will return

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London
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72 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Not being familiar with the area we arrived by car and parked in the car park for The Needles Park. The cost was £4 for the whole day which we didn't feel was too bad as we were there for quite some time visiting the batteries and also taking a boat trip and generally wandering around. As National Trust members... More

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Deal, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Lovely views of the Needles from this old Battery. A well exhibited display and explanation of the strategic importance and war time (Napoleonic & 20th C) use of this tip of the Isle Of Wight. Bonus - a nice cafe. £4 to park the car, but a very pleasant walk to get there, if too far for you, there is... More

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Scotland
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83 reviews 83 reviews
67 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Spent a great morning at the Needles in fantastic weather. Caught the Needles Breezer bus (from the tackily horrible Needles Amusement park where we were obliged to cough up £4 to park) but at least it was a half-price fare ride for National Trust Members. TIP: if you are younger and more able than us, walk all the way along... More

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Bala, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Caught the breezer bus which is the only public transport allowed to drive up to the old/new battery. The new battery has interesting information from more recent history - 2nd world war onwards, whereas the old battery was for protecting from French attack using cannons. Both batterys were interesting with great views of the Needles! We also had cake and... More

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