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The Needles Old Battery & New Battery

West Wight

Type:Historic Site

West High Down, Alum Bay, Isle Of Wight, PO39 0JH

Tel: +44 01983 754772

The Needles Old Battery & New Battery


Victorian coastal defence and secret rocket testing site perched high above the Needles Rocks
Perched high above the Needles at the extreme tip of the Island, with unrivalled views of the Solent and unspoilt countryside, is the Needles Old Battery a Victorian fort built in 1862 and used throughout both World Wars.

The Battery’s fascinating story is told in a series of newly recreated, atmospheric rooms, whilst vivid cartoons by comic book artist Geoff Campion illustrate the part it played in the history of modern Britain. There are two original guns on the Parade Ground and an underground tunnel leads to a searchlight emplacement with dramatic views over the Needles rocks.

A small exhibition in the underground rooms of The New Battery, further up the headland, reveals the astonishing and little-known story of Britain's Cold War 'race for space', when British-made rockets were tested here under conditions of great secrecy

For the latest information on opening times and prices please visit the National Trust website

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult GAOE£6.50 per ticket
Adult Group£5.00 per ticket
Adult Standard£5.90 per ticket
Child GAOE£3.25 per ticket
Child Group£2.50 per ticket
Child Standard£2.95 per ticket
Family GAOE£16.25 per ticket
Family Standard£14.75 per ticket

* Gift Aid on Entry (GAOE) tickets Include a voluntary 10% donation; visitors can, however, choose to pay the standard admission prices which are displayed at the property and at
Admission to the Needles New Battery is free.


Provider Preferences

  • In countryside
  • No Smoking Attraction


  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - There is no vehicular access to the Needles headland. Limited disabled parking available. Please phone property to arrange.


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted - by arangement
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted - Dogs on leads welcome everywhere except in the tearoom.
  • Toilets

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted - Educational tours should be prebooked.
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Tours must be prebooked.


Map & Directions

Road Directions

From East Cowes ferry, second exit at roundabout onto Well Road, A3021, A3054 to Newport, town centre, Pyle Street, B3323 to Carisbrooke, B3401, B3399 to Freshwater, A3055 to Alum Bay.
From Fishbourne ferry, B3339 (Fishbourne lane), A3054 to Newport, town centre, Pyle Street, B3323 to Carisbrooke, B3401, B3399 to Freshwater, A3055 to Alum Bay.
From Yarmouth ferry, A3054 to Alum Bay.

Please note: access from Alum Bay is on foot only only approx ¾ mile along a well surfaced path or by Needles Tour bus. No vehicle access to site - for disabled access arrangements please phone 01983 754772 or email
Parking at Alum Bay is not National Trust - there will be a parking charge to pay.

Public Transport Directions

From West Cowes Red Jet Hi-speed ferry: No 1 bus route to Newport and change to No 7 to Alum Bay.
From Ryde Catamaran/Hovertravel: No. 9 bus route to Newport and change to No 7 to Alum Bay.
From Yarmouth ferry: No. 7 bus route to Alum Bay.
For further bus information please contact Southern Vectis at or +44 0871 200 2233 (bus times) / +44 01983 827000 (head office). Also Needles Tour Bus from Yarmouth or Alum Bay.


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

Opening Times

Battery and Tea Room (14 Mar 2018 - 1 Nov 2018)
Monday - Sunday10:30 - 17:00*
Needles New Battery (14 Mar 2018 - 1 Nov 2018)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00*
Tea Room (7 Nov 2018 - 13 Dec 2018)

* Last entry 4.30pm. New Battery may open school holidays and other days when possible. Please note the property may have to close in high winds. Please phone to check (01983) 754772.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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