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“A good trip if you are interesting in the history”

The Needles Battery
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Totland
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed May 12, 2014

I enjoyed the information on display and the facilities provided at the Old Battery as well as the site itself. You should ideally have an interest in military history to really appreciate this place. With a stunning view of the needles/solent and if you visit the new battery at the same (free) I think the entry fee is just about worth it. The downside is parking charges at the Needles car park, but even that isn't utterly unreasonable. Can't help thinking that the area would be so much better (and cheaper) without the nearby theme park.

Thank Mike B
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

£4 for the carpark at the Needles Pleasure Park.
Half our party caught the open top bus up (1/2 price for National Trust members - but only £2.50 single) so enjoyed fab views and the commentory - while the others walked up, which was pleasant.
Good displays, with some excellent illustrations - ideal for families but not really for very samll children.
Great views from the small cafe - and outdoor seating, sadly they were busier than expected on a Bank Holiday and "cake of the month" was sold out at 1.30 (also soup), scones almost gone although they were frantically making more.
The views are stunning - a real must for photographers!
Then back at the carpark - there is an amusement park suitable for all children and the chair-lifts to Alum Bay.

Thank SuzonB64
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

There's not a lot to see for the money but you need to do this at least once. They prepared for an enemy that never came!

Thank dean_chase
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

How amazing to see the Needles from the Isle of Wight, rather than the usual view from the Dorset side. they are so imposing and the colour of the sea by the cliffs is so different due to the chalk. It was so interesting to learn that the Needles area was used to make the rockets and were the testing ground for sending rockets as well as being used during world war 2 to protect the UK. Its like a hidden secret.

2  Thank Lesleyannbarlow4845
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

True. The closest you can get to Needles is here. But you will not be getting a better view of this than from other places, such as the Needles view point higher up on the cliff.
They charge you £5.30 and £2.65 for a child and this is just waste of money. This should be free. Once you pay and enter, there is nothing much to see.

3  Thank roshithaaaa
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Kathryn W, Manager at The Needles Battery, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2014

Hi

I'm sorry that you felt that your recent visit to The Needles Old Battery was a waste of money with nothing to see as we feel that we have a lot to offer. We have 2 children’s trails – Soldier Trail and the Inspectors Trail plus our family group activity pack which are all free to use by any visitor.

The Victorian rooms show how the gunpowder and shells were stored and then transported to the guns and fired. There are dressing up activities which show visitors the rules when working with gunpowder in the Cartridge store and models of the bridge and the Battery in 1890, WW1 cartoon exhibition and two original guns. The Position finding cells with Position Range Finder and views over Alum Bay. The World War II exhibition with oral histories and diaries of the men and women stationed here. A tunnel which takes you down to the searchlight area overlooking the Needles lighthouse & stacks and also tearooms and toilets.

As the National Trust is a charity and uses its money to conserve places of historic interest and special beauty we do have to charge for some of our places. As you quite rightly say, the view from the New Battery is free and we are able to keep it free because we charge for the Old Battery.

I hope you will visit again and give us another chance to show you what we have, thank you for your feedback.

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