The Needles

The Needles, Totland: Hours, Address, The Needles Reviews: 3.5/5

The Needles
3.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Geologic Formations
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Large chalk rock formations off the western tip of the island.
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Sam.c1888
Seaton, UK27 contributions
Expensive and waste of time
Oct 2021 • Family
If you’d like to go somewhere that has been commercialised and charges you expensive rates for parking from the get go then this is the place. Firstly charging £6 for ‘all day parking’ is overly expensive and all day isn’t needed when there isn’t much there and what is there is overly priced.

So £6 for parking already gets your back up, then as you enter the stair lift is now £8 for a return per adult and £6 for a child so a family is £28 for a 4/5 minute ride, which has gone up a lot since I last visited.there isn’t anything that is cheap or affordable for a family.

Lastly the toilets are disgusting and unhygienic so all in all if you’d like to waste £50 spending an hour here (not including food!) then this is your ideal 1 hour out.
Written October 16, 2021
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Nigel S
28 contributions
Tour of the island part 2
Oct 2021 • Friends
If you are visiting, don’t waste your money going to the cable car or Alum bay, it is really not worth the time. What you need to do is park the car and walk up and along to the Old battery, although you have to pay to get in, it is worth the money and you get the best from your visit.
Written October 11, 2021
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mandie89
Milton Keynes, UK605 contributions
Attraction that seems to revolve around how much money they can get out of you
Sep 2021
You arrive and immediately have to spend money, £5 to park and you have to pay by card no cash accepted. The only thing you don't have to pay for is the view of the needles, everything has has a charge. A family could easily spend over £50 parking, riding the chairlift, and attempting to play the games and fill glass with sand. The one thing that lifts the place is Alum Glass. The workshop is open so you can watch glass being made into paperweights, vases and dishes, these artisans are really cool to watch. You then can purchase any of their pieces in the shop which you have pass through to leave. I remember coming here as a child and whilst I know nothing stays the same, especially 35 years later, they have really commercialized the whole place it's sad really.
Written October 10, 2021
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Joseph Spendlove
Derby, UK142 contributions
Check weather before attending
Oct 2021 • Friends
Amazing place but chair lifts and boats don’t run on windy and foggy days, yet they still charge you £3 to park to see nothing. Returned 2nd day and paid £6 parking when chair lift was going. Only slow boat started in afternoon. Can’t recommend the restaurant, a bit like a motorway cafe 20 years ago. The best thing was the chair lift, £8 return.
Written October 8, 2021
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IpswichDan
Ipswich, UK476 contributions
Not Great
Oct 2021 • Couples
Ok so a fairly grey day in Oct and the low cloud didn't help but, £6 to park... Then almost everything cost extra. Although most things were open, it was all a bit tired. Suspect the old battery 8s the best bit. One tip walk down to the beach and get the chairlift back... Steep steps! Cafe large and clean. Toilets (except in cafe) really not great.
Written October 7, 2021
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Sharon M
30 contributions
Disappointing visit
Sep 2021 • Couples
We visited the needles at the end of September, so not sure if that was the reason some of the attractions were closed. The sweets and glass demonstrates were closed and you also have to pay for that as an extra. They should have told us this before we paid £6 for the carpark. We did go on the chair lift that gave us a good view of the coast line. They do help you on and off, so anyone can go on it. It drops you off on a pebble beach, where you can see the needles and the different colour sand on the cliff. There isn't much else to look at. The arcade is small. There wasn't much to do, there was a shop where you can fill it up bottles with coloured sand. The shops were just filled with over priced items. The cafe wasn't run very well, we ordered chips and 2 sandwiches, but then had to get in another queue for drinks. So the chips were cold when we got to table, they were cold and hard uneatable and the sandwich was just a basic cheese and onion. There is a few walks you can go on, but most things do cost extra
Written October 3, 2021
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TH9394
8 contributions
Don’t bother
Oct 2021 • Couples
Arrived at the car park (very empty) and went in the exit. Dave (the man in the car park booth) shouted out to us that we had gone through the exit and made us reverse back and round his booth. As we were paying, another car did the same, which he announced ‘another idiot going through the exit’ how very professional as we are the other said idiots. He proceeded to shout at the woman driving who said she wasn’t aware. He pointed out it was on the floor, which it was but you couldn’t see that on entering the car park as it was on a slope, meaning you could only see this on leaving the car park. After a rude welcome, we went to glass blowing factory, lovely to watch however, I would recommend the glass museum at farmer jacks near Newport if you are wanting to buy something. Cafe advertised homemade cakes, no home made cake to be found. Most of the shops etc were closed and the sweet making demonstration was also closed. Finally the toilets were the most disgusting toilets I have ever been to in my life. The toilet roll holders even had air fresheners on them. All in all, I wouldn’t recommend and I certainly won’t be returning. Even the poor staff look fed up.
Written October 2, 2021
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spotty286
Greater London, UK31 contributions
Worth an experience!
Oct 2021 • Friends
The chairlift is worth an experience. We visited with 16 year and 10 years old. The chairlift takes you to a small pebble beach which is really lovely. The mountain rocks are a good view. You can come one way in chair lift and can walk back the trail. There are other activities but for small children. The alum bay and sweet factory are closed till 2022. The car park is £3 all day. But during windy weather it can really get windy & the chairlift can be closed. You can call them to confirm before u visit.
Written October 2, 2021
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Barry C
3 contributions
Awful
Sep 2021 • Couples
Been several times before and quite enjoyed it but this visit was pretty grim. Paid £6 for the car park but whereas we'd normally spend a few hours there was literally nothing to do. Most of the attractions were closed and the sweet and glass factories weren't doing demonstrations. The gift shop was mostly empty of stock and pretty dismal. We had tea and sausage rolls in the cafe to pass the time but this was equally disappointing, plus the toilets were filthy.
Written September 30, 2021
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John
12 contributions
Not worth visiting
Sep 2021 • Couples
Don’t come here if you want the Needles Old Battery and New Battery, instead walk along the headland from the car park. The signs are tiny and it’s not at all well-advertised.

The landmark attraction is absurdly expensive. The beach is worth walking along but not worth the long drive from anywhere else on the island. The chairlift and the associated amusements are not worth the money. Avoid.
Written September 29, 2021
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