The Needles Battery

The Needles Battery, Totland: Hours, Address, The Needles Battery Reviews: 4.5/5

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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Jen_Andy_Lawson
Leeds, UK1 251 contributions
Visit here and not the ‘landmark attraction’!
Jun 2021 • Family
We visited here after reading up on the needles and decided to avoid the landmark attraction As it is called which looks like a real tourist trap where there is little to do but let them empty your wallet. The best view of the needles is to be had from the national trust property the battery. Our daughter enjoyed it more than I thought she would and we also enjoyed ice cream sat outside as the weather was glorious. It was midweek outside school holidays so was quiet enough to enjoy the views too.
Written 26 July 2021
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Adam B
Ventnor, UK4 contributions
A wonderful way to spend the morning or afternoon but not when it is raining.
Jul 2021
The site is wonderful for walking and enjoying the great views. It is interesting the bits you could see but the hill is steep! If you have trouble walking or not too fit better to take the bus that will take you all the way too the top.
If a sunny day very recommended.
Written 11 July 2021
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Climber
Swindon, UK95 contributions
Not one for a rainy day
Jun 2021
What the NT handbook doesn’t tell you is that you have to park in the tourist car park £3.00 and then there is a 20 to 25 minute walk each way, unless you take the “tourist” bus at £3.00 single or £5.00 return each. Having said that once you get there the staff were very welcoming and the views of the needles spectacular. Due to COVID some parts of the battery were not open to visitors and the refreshments were takeaway, not very good in the wind and rain.
Written 28 June 2021
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Anne D
1 contribution
Rainy days dont let you down!
Jun 2021 • Couples
It was a rainy grey day... A second visit thirty years later and we loved it. We decided to walk down and soak up the views and brave the rain... It meant less people on beach and we actually had the beach to ourselves for fifteen minutes... Nature allows us so much pleasure... We laughed and enjoyed it so very much...
Written 24 June 2021
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Nicholas T
Worcester, UK516 contributions
Basic site, most interesting parts closed
May 2021 • Couples
We had visited the Needles a few days previous but rain stopped us going to the old battery, so we went today. We had to pay £6 at the needles park, then walk the mile to the old battery site. I had read reports that most of it was closed and it’s still right. £5 per person will get you into the old fort, very little to so or do, just a cafe and rooms, tunnel is closed. A real shame as it could have been very enjoyable, we support the national trust but it’s a costly walk to an old fort.
Otherwise it is worth seeing but there needs to be more there to see.
Written 22 June 2021
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JillyWitchy
Ipswich, UK49 contributions
Not a lot to see
Jun 2021 • Family
We wanted a light lunch, we were told that there was a nice Teashop and cafe at the Battlement. Upon arrival we were told we would have to pay to go into the site to use the cafe. There were 3 of us, costing £15. We read that they had a secret tunnel to explore and museum to go on. We also spotted a look out at the top of a long climb! When we arrived at these places within the complex, we found the tunnels closed due to covid, the museum rooms closed due to covid and after walking the hike to the lookout room, the door was locked! The cafe was closed, and a small kiosk said we could have a scone in a box and a cardboard cup with tea in it. Think under those circumstances the entrance fee should have been scrapped, and we should have been told that the cafe/tearooms were closed. Would NOT recommend visiting
Written 17 June 2021
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Tracy D
Aylesbury, UK40 contributions
NT worth visit
Apr 2021 • Family
Having visited the IOW 3 times now in 10 years, and a minimum of 10 times as a child, I have never been to the battery. Was pleased we went. As a NT memeber, was worth the visit. Staff were helpful and friendly. Unfortunately the indoor elements were still shut, including the tunnel closer to the needles. But we did get some lovely photos of the needles anyway. Was not a very windy day but was windy on the cliff tops.
Written 30 May 2021
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Skywalker3
East Anglia119 contributions
Views great, NT experience not so great
May 2021
Nice walk up the cliff to the NT site with good view of Needles but information and facilities are poor. NT staff seem particular unfriendly, when asked questions just got grunted at. Some interpretation boards on site but limited info. Much better views if you continue up the hill to coastguard station. Be aware that the car park is at neighbouring attraction and despite being told their is an NT discount that’s not currently the case and so charged £6 to park on a bit of potholed gravel
Written 23 May 2021
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david c
Swaffham Bulbeck, UK6 contributions
Natures best
Oct 2020 • Couples
After months of home arrest due to Covid and three holidays cancelled three days on the Isle of Wight was almost paradise. We have visited this lovely place hundreds of times over the past fifty years beginning when the children were small and before. We made a point of visiting the needles as had never been before in all that time. Nearest was a wonderful trip around the Isle of Wight on the Waverley steam paddle ship. That was fantastic. Sorry to hear that even this great ship was ill last year but pleased to hear that she will be back in service soon. Everywhere is in a strange Covid limbo at the moment and at times places resemble ghost towns. Full praise to those who open and give us glimpses of what we are missing. The needles must be one of the most iconic views of anywhere in Britain. To view it in all its natural breathtaking beauty you must visit this unique place. The lighthouse is certainly different looking down from way above on the high chalk cliffs. We found the historical defensive encampments very interesting and never knew they were there. I was disappointed that the battery that produced Britain’s first attempts at rocket technology was closed due to Covid. I would love to have seen the site of the ultimate secret blue streak was made and tested. I have read the story of how secret it was and the ultimate launch of a satellite in space which is still orbiting the earth today. I always thought the story would make a great film. But back to the needles and I would highly recommend a visit. It is certainly a very unique place
Written 16 March 2021
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Charleygirl76
Chesham, UK1 137 contributions
Windy but great views
Oct 2020 • Couples
We bypassed all the amusements etc which looked depressing and mainly closed due to Covid. Parked but no where to pay so considered it a freebie. We had NT sticker in our car anyway but am sure that part is not NT.

Lovely walk to the Battery. Scanned cards and all Covid safe as outdoors. Windy. Great fun getting down as far as you could. Lovely views. There are also toilet facilities if needed.

Walked back looking at the Alum Cliffs.
A nice morning.
Written 18 November 2020
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