The Needles Battery

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The Needles Battery
4.5
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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SWH100
Cardiff, UK811 contributions
Best part of the Needles
Sep 2021 • Friends
After walking down to the beach and taking the slow boat tour out to the Needles we decided to walk to the old battery. I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting, but it was so interesting. We walked up to the new battery first - the building is closed but you can see the secret rocket launch site and there is a great view of the white cliffs and the needles. The old battery is also awesome. So interesting. My fav part was the tunnel that you walked along right out to the edge of the sea. Very much worth the £7 entrance fee and worth the walk up. Forget the commercial side of the needles and head to the old battery instead.
Written September 13, 2021
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roberta u
Oxford, UK84 contributions
Pontins has landed at The Needles
Sep 2021
Didn't go to the battery as too far to walk.
From queuing 40 minutes to get in to walking through horrible tacky funfair and shops this was a big disappointment.
Saving grace was the chair lift but

Didn't go to the battery as too far to walk. From queueing 40 minutes to enter to walking through funfair this was a big disappointment . you get as good a view of The Needles from the mainland and without the tacky shops and amusements. Only saving grace was the chair lift but at £10 return ticket each bit pricey.

310 return each
Written September 11, 2021
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Eddie Traub's Travel Channel
Staines, UK4,438 contributions
too many cars
Sep 2021
this would be a lovely Attraction except for the cars which packed out all the car parking spaces maybe if there was a park and ride service from the local town centre this would improve the attraction
Written September 8, 2021
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palamaja
Gloucester, UK13 contributions
Walk up to the New Battery, don't go to the fun fare.
Aug 2021 • Couples
We used the excellent bus service to get to the Needles. We were staggered at how commercial it was. The car park was enormous and packed. So we walked along the coast towards the Needles and using National Trust membership cards, entered the Old Battery. The New Battery was closed. We had excellent views of The Needles, absorbed some of the fascinating history, ate cornish pasties and had a cup of coffee. We walked back quickly through the mini fun fair and got the bus home. The cars were still in a traffic jam trying to find a car space. The bus service is excellent!
Written August 30, 2021
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Carla S
Leicester, UK373 contributions
Landmark worth a visit for 1-2 hours, pending cable car.
Aug 2021 • Friends
A lovely landmark to visit and well worth a visit. There is cafe food available and equally areas for a picnic. Entertainment for children and the cable car to the beach.
A glass blowing demonstration and a sweet making demonstration with the shops are a good visit and, during August, there wasn’t a charge for entry.
Written August 30, 2021
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John G
United Kingdom603 contributions
Best view of the needles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Can't help thinking we only visited the battery because we had walked 4 miles, needed the toilet, a cup of tea and it has the best view of the needles. It was free for us as we have NT membership otherwise I'm not sure I would have stumped up £7 to get on.

There are some good features apart from the view and the tea room mainly the spiral staircase descent to see the torch room along a narrow passageway.
Written August 26, 2021
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Amanda Thyer
19 contributions
Great views of The Needles
Aug 2021
Parked in the free National Trust car park, and enjoyed a 45 minute walk with my dog to the Battery. It is free to National Trust members. It has great views of the Needles, although when it is windy you do feel like you might get blown away at any moment as the area is very exposed to the elements. There are a few exhibition rooms and everywhere is dog friendly.
Written August 23, 2021
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Chris H
Saltaire, UK41 contributions
Absolutely brilliant
Aug 2021
We spent a brilliant few hours here during our recent holiday on the Isle of Wight. The kids loved running around exploring all the various rooms and passageways. A highlight was climbing down to the tunnel leading to the searchlight room. Lovely little café too serving a delicious range of cakes and pastries.
Written August 22, 2021
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Abi K
London158 contributions
Worth the walk
Aug 2021 • Couples
Although we were astounded at the cost of the car park (£6 a day), we made the most of the walk up to the needles and enjoyed the great views. If it’s open, you can also visit the Old Battery National Trust site, which is well worth the time; lots of historical detail about the site’s military history and look out point in many wars. Higher up the coast, there is the New Battery and rocket testing site, from which there are some beautiful views of the sea and white pebble beach below. The coastal trail is also easily accessible from this point out onto the rest of the island. Some excellent sites for photographs as well as a picnic.
Written August 12, 2021
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OneGlove
England, UK65 contributions
Good walk and views for The Needles
Aug 2021 • Family
£6 parking charge now. Not really worth it for Alum Bay, but worth the 20 min walk to the old and new battery which give great views of The Needles. You need to be a National Trust member or pay around £7 per head to actually get in to the Old Battery so we didn’t bother. Just go up the hill or take the upper coastal route abit towards the New Battery and you get great views of The Needles anyway for free and an old rocket testing launch site.

Nothing really to see at Alum Bay it’s just a pebbly beach. You can see the different coloured sands from the cliff top anyway. A bit of a waste of time going down there unless you want to experience a chair lift ride or get the boat tour of The Needles.
Written August 10, 2021
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