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The Needles Battery

The Needles Battery West High Down, Totland Bay PO39 0JH, England
+44 1983 754772
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Expensive but has to be done once

I was particularly interested in the space exploration history of this place and entry to the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Dean W
Southam, United Kingdom
There is confusion between National Trust Battery and Needles Theme Park

There is a large carpark serving both the theme park (chair lift down to beach) and the National... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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The Needles Battery West High Down, Totland Bay PO39 0JH, England
+44 1983 754772
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Reviewed yesterday

I was particularly interested in the space exploration history of this place and entry to the launch site and bunker are free; albeit probably only interesting for space geeks though. The battery itself is far from free - flipping expensive if you ask me unless...More

Thank Dean W
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

There is a large carpark serving both the theme park (chair lift down to beach) and the National Trust Battery site. If you are a NT member carpark is free. You need to walk up to the NT Battery unless infirm. A bus does seem...More

1  Thank Habsishpeeweed
Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is easy to reach with regular bus service from any part of Isle of Wight. We went there on a long weekend so the place was crowded but its worth going! You need not take the cable chair to go down the beach...More

Thank Swapnil J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a good place to go and visit and there's lots of cool stuff to see but if you plan on going through any of the attractions then the amount you spend goes up very quickly. It's good but not worth the sheer amount of...More

Thank Hannah W
Kathryn W, Manager at The Needles Battery, responded to this review

Hi Could I please clarify whether your review is about the Needles Landmark Attraction (the one with the multi-coloured sand and 4D cinema) or the National Trust Needles Old Battery which is on top of the cliffs? If it is the Landmark attraction I'm afraid...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been here several times but never actually been inside but now we have a family ticket with the NT couldn't miss the opportunity. Fascinating to see the history from the time of Napoleon to the 2nd WW. Gun emplacements, secret tunnel to the search...More

Thank Trevor H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A short 20min walk from the car park (slightly uphill for a section). Paid a small entrance fee to visit the Battery, a small compound with some exhibitions, a cafe and a underground tunnel leading to a lookout point (closest you can get to The...More

Thank hazelkhf
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only went to "Old" Battery, enjoyed the history and the feel. Authentic tea room lovely with great staff and massive cake portions. Be warned a 20 minute walk uphill but oh so fabulous views, highly recommend for the able bodied!!

Thank DonaldsonDee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ignore the Alum Bay touristy area that you drive into, park the car and find the National Trust sign to walk up to the Needles Old Battery. It was a 20 minute walk on a really windy chilly day but worth it for the views...More

Thank Wheelbarrow10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is great. We went at Easter 2017 with our two children. Free parking (if you are members) and then a bit of a hike (with great views) towards the batteries, though I believe there is also a bus service on offer. Both sites are...More

Thank GISiSu
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have put off visiting this National Trust attraction for years as I thought it would be dull. However, our granddaughters wanted to see the Needles up close and the best place other than a boat from Alum Rock is from the Old Battery. Thought...More

Thank DAVIDMS20050
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liam j
Is this the place that has the sweet place where they make sweets you can buy on site
10 January 2017|
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Response from Kathryn W | Property representative |
Hi, No, the sweet place is the Needles Landmark Attraction, we are the old fort on top of the cliffs. Kathryn Visitor Operations Manager
Are dogs allowed on the chairlift if held ?
5 August 2015|
Response from Fiona jane W |
no they are not and I wouldn't recommend it !
We have heard of the great view of the Needles from the Battery. However we are in our 80s and not very mobile. How close can we park, and how far would we need to walk? Will the Battery be open on 16th/ 17th February?
13 February 2015|
Response from Kathryn W | Property representative |
Hi The normal parking is 1.5 miles away from the Battery, however we have 2 disabled bays at the site. As there is very little room for parking and turning around if those bays are taken, we ask that you ring ahead (when... More