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The Needles Battery

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Historical Interest

Unfortunately to visit the battery the only parking is at Alum bay. They do not advertise that... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Roger B
Thrilling experience

After being ripped off for car parking at Alum Bay, we walked up to the Needles Battery from where... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Michael C
Derby, United Kingdom
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The Needles Battery West High Down, Totland Bay PO39 0JH, England
+44 1983 754772
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Reviewed yesterday

Unfortunately to visit the battery the only parking is at Alum bay. They do not advertise that they have a reduced cost for parking for National Trust members, and charge for a full day. Once parked it is a long walk to the battery, but...More

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Reviewed yesterday

After being ripped off for car parking at Alum Bay, we walked up to the Needles Battery from where we had a great view of the Needles. There is an even better view if you descend to the searchlight tunnel which takes you to a...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 5 days ago

There are several areas of interest especially for history buffs and men interested in the workings of mechanical devices There is the tunnel that goes to the search light but it has a spiral staircase so you have to be able to descend it, also...More

Thank Sandra C
Reviewed 6 days ago

On a rough day I'm glad we made the walk from the car park, approximately 20 minutes uphill, as the more recent history of the British rocket testing was something that I did not know about. Whilst the rest of the battery is interesting and...More

Thank Samuel P
Reviewed 6 days ago

We came here on a sunny but windy day in October with our dog. First off, the parking is not free even to National Trust members. We duly paid out and decided to walk, although there is a bus. It is a fairly easy walk...More

Thank tpat_velo
Reviewed 1 week ago

The old Battery was built in 1861 to protect the Solent from attack, at present it is run by the National Trust as we prepared for WW2 even the tearoom staff are dressed in period costume with wartime background music, the best views of the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A few shops to look around and a fair few rides for the kids. Definitely worth a visit while on the Island!

Thank Chris P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

National Trust site, gets expensive to visit when you add on the £5 car park cost on top of the £7 entrance fee, but, the site is interesting and going down the narrow spiral staircase to the lookout point is well worth the close up...More

Thank HertsHearts
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found the whole area slightly scruffy with whole areas fenced off to the public. There is only one small area with views to the Needles, the rest is inaccessible. Disappointing, could be made so much better with a little effort.

1  Thank AggiePirate
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First, the bad news. Unless you have a disability you cannot park at the Old Battery. This means paying £5 to park all day at the Needles Park. That wouldn’t be too bad other than the fact we queued for about 30 minutes to get...More

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Andy K
12 September 2018|
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Response from ClearlyAM | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure - but I would think they might be less - they have been really helpful when I have called the Needles Landmark (the chairlift/ car parking is different to National Trust) in the past - you can call them on... More
21 August 2018|
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Response from earlybr | Reviewed this property |
Yes lots of dogs but have to be on leads
8 December 2017|
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Response from Remarks4711 | Reviewed this property |
Closed Xmas/Boxing day, New Years Day, but only open weather permitting 10am to 4pm. Hoteliers will have more info, this is a bleak, windy location, £5 parking. We went mid September, good luck Xmas time.