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The Needles Battery

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Address: Highdown Lane, Totland PO39 0JH, England
Phone Number: +44 1983 754772
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excellent and great views.

This beautiful place on the Isle of Wight should not be missed. The Needles themselves are fantastic and the old battery rooms and equipment are well worth the time to visit and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

This beautiful place on the Isle of Wight should not be missed. The Needles themselves are fantastic and the old battery rooms and equipment are well worth the time to visit and learn. As a senior we undertook the under 7 years wlak quiz to find and name the Gunners on the site. The names give are excellent but you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This was our second visit and instead of parking at the main paying carpark we walked from the Tennyson monument - a mile or so along the cliffs. This meant that we stumbled on the new battery which is also NT but free. You can go into the bunker to see fascinating history of the local missile and satellite launch... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

It's a must see on the Isle of Wight. The views are amazing, and there's plenty to do for kids. Me and my boyfriend had a look into every corner and left to explore the rest of the Island after few hours. Parking costs £4.50, Open Top bus £5 for a short and £10 for a long trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This is one of the best place I have ever been.recommend for all visitors to Isle of white this place.we r 17people including children everybody really enjoy.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The walk from the needles Car Park to the Needles Battery was a fairly easy 30 minute walk for a family. The view to Alum Bay was stunning and the history once inside the National Trust run "battery" was equally stunning. We all found exploring the fairly small area very interesting especially the underground tunnel that leads to the Needles... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is ideal if you like a walk, as you can park and walk the 3/4 of a mile to the actual battery. If not you can take the bus that runs up to the attraction itself. The views along the way are stunning, looking out over the water. The forst itself holds some interesting Victorian history concerning the use... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

My dog enjoyed the walk down to the site from the alum bay car park (there is a bus service too), and the views were lovely. The old battery had a circular staircase down to a tunnel wgere you could go for a close uo of tge needles. I carried my dog down & back up again but with a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

As ever, this National Trust property was of the highest quality. The café served very good lunches, served by a man who resembled TV's Dick Strawbridge although seemed rather cramped. The only complaint that I would have was that there was insufficient signage to where the National Trust car park was..it will remain an eternal mystery!! I will certainly be... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Excellent views of the Needles and Alum Bay can be gained from this site. The battery itself isn't that old being built in the late 1890s. There isn't much of the original site left and even the canons were destroyed when the site was decommissioned. Interesting enough but not particularly informing. Worth the 20 minutes walk from the Needles car... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Nice walk up from the car park, some British history that not many people know about. Expensive entrance fee to the site

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