The Needles
The Needles
3.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksGeologic 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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  • Vikki
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chairlift hero's
    We came to see the Needles but was not sure my disabled mum would be able to get on or off the chairlift. However my mum gave it a go and was helped on and off by the men at the top and bottom of the lift. These chaps are helpful and caring. Thank you to all the people who helped. You are all amazing
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 12, 2023
  • rayzor014
    Eccleshall, United Kingdom57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for youngsters
    We visited here with our 2 year old who loved it. He was allowed to ride on the chair lift up and down which he thought was amazing, loved going on the rides which were made even better for us as we only had to pay for him and not ourselves which was very unexpected and meant we could spend more money in the arcade then. The cafe had a good selection of food at a good price with polite and welcoming staff. Our son also really enjoyed the sand shop creating his own sand bottles for himself and his grandma. Parking is £6 for the day.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 16, 2023
  • NigelPittman
    Mold, United Kingdom106 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Needles Experience
    A place you must visit if on the Isle. We walked down to the beach which few were doing as they preferred to use the cable car. If I'm being critical I think £6 for the car park is a bit of a rip off and the whole place is rather geared to relieving you of you money. That said, the leisurely boat trip aroundd the Needles was well worthwhile and enjoyable.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Marilyn F
    52 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day trip
    Visited The Needles 45 yrs ago and guessed it would have changed. I did not like the addition of all the eateries shops etc. However the beach and needles are the same. I understand boat trips can be taken.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 24, 2023
  • danrobin2017
    Florida Panhandle, Florida120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A definite stop on your trip!!!
    We had a ball here. Played putt putt, ride some rides, took the lifts down to the water, rode the speed boat and walked the rocky beach collecting rocks. It was an awesome place, hope to return again!!!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 24, 2023
  • graydave2018
    Billingham, United Kingdom8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit.
    The Alum Bay Glass shop was excellent. The chair lift ride was also excellent. Disabled access is not so good and the disabled parking is treacherous as it's on gravel and on a slope. There is no where for a good sit down meal however. The one thing that was lacking was perhaps some information bored or museum on the needles history of structure.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Cheryl M
    Dagenham, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Beautiful
    Absolutely Beautiful !! Had a lovely time With the family….. The Kids and Hubby Had a lovely Time In The Sweet factory… Unfortunately It Was a very windy day & we could only do the Chairlift and Not The boat ride to The Needles But That Was The Only disappointment but hopefully We will visit again when the weather is much better ❣️ The Staff Was Very Nice And Friendly also very friendly ❣️I would Definitely Recommend
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
  • peter12345678901234
    Gillingham, United Kingdom420 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Place nice parking a joke
    The place is very nice cable car to beach is very good nice walk. Only negative is parking very slow to kiosk going up hill. Its six pounds all day but it was difficult to find a space 😕 I would have thought they would have counted cars 🚗 and realised they were full lol
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 12, 2023
  • cronzano
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful landmark, good value for money, a whole day out.
    We visited The Needles on Monday, it was fairly windy so it was a good job we went early. I'm not sure why people are complaining about the costs of everything 🤔 £6 for a days parking was good. The carpark is on gravel/concrete and I liked the old school attendant element. The needles viewpoint took us about 40 minutes to walk up from the carpark, beautiful views en route and the viewing point was beautiful. We had a coffee and went round the shops. Again all reasonably priced- coffee about £3, we made a sand ornament- cheapest was £7 then took a packed lunch onto the beach. The stairs were pretty hard work for a fairly fit couple on their 40s so unfit/ disabled folk may want to use the starlit. The beach was beautiful and the rock formations too. If you go to the Isle of Wight, miss this beauty spot at your peril!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Pradeep Mohan M
    New Delhi, India109 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good experience
    We four went to this place called Needles. The chairlift is fantastic. We sat on the beach for some time. The weather was perfect. The Marconi memoirs are worth reading. The needles are worth seeing. The glass factory nearby is worth seeing.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 17, 2023
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Tina M
Walsall, UK15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Me and my husband visited yesterday we were lucky enough to walk there from where we are staying so avoided the massive queue for the car park and the £6 parking fee. We had visited the Isle of Wight Zoo earlier where there was hand sanitizers all around the zoo and plenty of notices about social distancing, highly recommended a visit to the zoo. We found none of this at The Needles the place was rammed and when we left they were still cramming more people in. We didn’t stay long just grabbed a take away coffee used the loo and walked home again. The view of The Needles is beautiful but please who ever is in charge of the site take some responsibility for social distancing, and don’t put your profits before people’s safety.
Written August 27, 2020
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Kookie2014
Nottingham, UK488 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Whilst visiting the island, we visited the Needles. We arrived at 9.45 am (as we thought the place opened at 10 am) but by that point, there was a small queue for the car park and there must have been about 20 cars parked at that point., £6 to park. We brought a ticket saver book for 2 people (£9 for 12 tickets). We headed straight for the chair lift and there was a small queue. We also saw the signs for children aged 4-11years to wear face masks. By the time we got down to the bottom of the chair lift, it was started to get really busy and people were struggling to maintain distance.

WARNING- Be careful not to tread in the sand near the cliffs as it's like quicksand and you get stuck as I did.

Just a note I am a larger lady and was worried about the weight limit on the chair lift, I read somewhere it was 30 stone. I was fine, I felt perfectly safe and the barrier came down over me fine.

I agree with others that it has become very commercialized, when we returned off the chair lift the queue must have been a good 40 minutes at least to get on it. Also leaving the car park, again there must have been a good 40/50 cars waiting. We arrived just before 10 am and left 12-12.30pm.

Worth going but go early if you do x
Written August 23, 2020
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Graham G
14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
Poor value for money. It is now £6 to park and £6 per person for the chair lift return trip. The small children’s rides are also overpriced at £4 for the little cars. They are also insisting that children aged 4 to 11 wear face coverings when queuing for the chair lift.
Written September 2, 2020
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Amanda T
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Amazing views, and lovely walk along the cliff edge, but the main area was very consumer driven and not much social distancing took place. Having said that, we enjoyed watching the glass blowing and the kids loved filling their glass shadows with the different coloured sand. The food was very priced, and no availability after 2.30pm
Written August 16, 2020
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Minchers
Northampton, UK92 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Joined queue to get into car Park about half a mile away from entrance. Nothing / nobody there telling you how far/long queue (only know due TomTom). Have to pay £6 to park (all day) only to find out from the ticket pricing sign that the glass making and sweet making demos we’d come to see weren’t on due to Covid. I get it but it didn’t leave a lot to do. The 4D was also off because of Covid and no chance of getting me in a cable car with that wind. We arrived in time for an early lunch which was thankfully on Gov eat out to help out. Otherwise would have been £64 for 6 pasty and chips drinks and a sweet snack (brownie, millionaires etc). Which I think is quite pricey. Queued a while to do the sand filling they’ve got quite a good set up considering the restrictions (had worried this would be off too). Turned out we were able to watch the glass blowing which was great could watch for hours it’s so fascinating. Sweet shop was very bare which was a tad disappointing. Then home so we had a good but short visit and spent lots of money.
Written August 26, 2020
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Scottington
England, UK481 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We visited the Needles while staying on the island and paid for the car park although the queue was massive when it actually wasn't that busy. We then paid for the cable lift down to Alum bay and were told that because of rough waters there would be no boat tours today. We were disappointed but understood that some things can't be prevented. The cable cart ride was really fun and gave you some great views of the cliff edges.
We then walked along the beach and then head back up on the cable cart return as there wasn't much else to do.
There is a coastal walk across the cliffs to Totland where we had lunch at a sea front restaurant and then got the tour bus back which took us up to the Needles batteries. We managed to see the needles closer up than on Alum Bay and finished the day walking back down to the car park.
Overall the walks and views were beautiful but bare the weather in mind for the boat trips and be prepared to pay a fair bit for not allot in return.
Written October 20, 2021
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Ally
Essex, UK57 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
I expect like many tourists we felt that visiting The Needles was a ‘must’ whilst on the IOW.

It was ok, but not all that special. We walked down the hill and steps to the beach to see the coloured sands which was pleasant. The boat jetty was crowded and not obviously CV19 compliant.

We took the chair lift back up. They tried to insist our autistic seven-year old wear a face mask but we managed to explain it wasn’t possible. No cleaning of the chair lifts at all. Worth noting that the chair lift seats do not have seat belts and only a lap bar which was worrying with small wriggly children on board.

At the top where the main centre is, there were various kids rides, all around £4 per turn which didn’t represent much value for money.

Food outlets were clean but with very limited, bought in sandwiches and cakes and hot food.

The sweet factory wasn’t doing demonstrations and the gift shop was virtually empty of sweets. The glass factory was very interesting, we enjoyed watching the craftsman at work.

The main gift shop was well stocked with lots of products.

Toilets were all clean.

Overall a bit underwhelming and too expensive.
Written August 29, 2020
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Joasi23
South Yorkshire, UK1,768 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Don’t really understand the negative comments surely it is easy to research what is actually here before turning up and being disappointed. Yes the parking is £6 , but we knew that, and then it is up to you how much more you part with ! We enjoyed the cable car ride, (masks required) the views are incredible. Four adults paid £18, so £4.50 return which we considered well worth it. The rides and attractions are dated and tired which strangely, actually adds to its nostalgic appeal.
Written July 16, 2020
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Alison G
Exmouth, UK56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Get there early is the best advice I can offer if you are planning on going here. If you arrive after 11 then you can pretty much expect at least 1 hour queue for every activity here! We arrived about 10:20 and was disgusted that they have the nerve to rip you off by charging £6 for all day parking for absolutely no reason whatsoever unless it’s to justify the few people in the car park telling us where to park…! You then have to buy the tickets for the activities you want to do while there - so I would advise looking at what you want to do first so you know how many tickets you need. The chair lift down to the needles is the main attraction but only do this if you don’t mind heights and don’t worry about the safety of the old thing! There is a cliff path you can walk up and down with the dog if you take one. We had a dog with us which was inconvenient as very limited in what you can actually do with one there!! The dog wasn’t allowed anywhere apart from on the beach basically! Very frustrating! It was as excepted stupidly busy and the queues take up a lot of the space available so if you are still COVID worries don’t go here! We were there for only 3 hours as managed to do most activities before it got too busy so didn’t have to waste time in queues. Could be better organised for the sand making plastic ornaments this took the most time as only 3 staff running the whole thing which was letting people in and chose their ornaments then explaining what to do with the sand then when you have done this a massive queue again to have it corked this defo needs more staff helping to make it run more smoothly. I just felt sorry for the people with younger kids who were stuck in the queue for probably about what would have been 2 hours! Most annoying was the paying £6 for parking all day when we were only there for 3 hours!! This charge is criminal!!! 😡😡
Written July 29, 2021
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Christian W
Guildford, UK55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
A lot of past reviews have been quite negative about the Needles, however our visit was lovely. Okay £6.00 for the car park is a little steep, but to be honest as parking goes on the Isle of Wight, we felt it quite reasonable. We went early to avoid the crowds. We decided to walk down to the beach rather than the chairlift as £8.00 was a bit expensive for us and it's not that difficult to walk up or down. The cliffs are stunning with a wide range of colours to marvel. We opted to do the speed boat tour, which I have to say was brilliant fun and you get superb photo ops of the famous rocks and lighthouse, well worth the added £12.50 price. Our final stop was to the famous sand shop where you can fill your own plastic design with the authentic different coloured sands from the cliffs. It's a nice touch because you get to treasure something unique. I'd also like to point out that all the staff (especially the guys at the sand shop) were very friendly and welcoming. We would recommend that you make the effort and do the walk to the top of the cliffs because you get to witness some stunning views.
Written June 13, 2021
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