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The Needles Old Battery & New Battery

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Historic Site

West High Down
Isle Of Wight
PO39 0JH

Tel: +44 01983 754772

The Needles Old Battery & New Battery

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult GAOE£6.50 per ticket
Adult Group£5.00 per ticket
Adult Standard£5.90 per ticket
Child Group£2.50 per ticket
Child Standard£2.95 per ticket
Chilg GAOE£3.25 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.
Group visits and school visits available – please contact property for details


Provider Preferences

  • Countryside Setting
  • No Smoking Attraction


  • Disabled Parking - There is no vehicular access to the Needles headland. Limited disabled parking available. Please phone property to arrange.
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Induction Loop System

Children & Infants

  • Babes in Arms
  • Baby changing
  • Children’s packs
  • Children's Meals
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome
  • Highchair(s) available


  • Cafe
  • Outdoor eating area
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments Available

Payment Methods

  • Delta
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Establishment Features

  • Dogs admitted on a lead
  • Dogs welcome - Dogs on leads welcome everywhere except in the tearoom.
  • Gift shop
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Guided tours by arrangement
  • Open on bank holidays

Specialist Features

  • Educational Groups

Tours and Demonstrations

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

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available

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.
Minimum charge £4

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.


  • Certificate of Excellence 2016

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Recent Reviews:

  • Tinahadds
    Bordon, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Steep climb
    1 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 24th May 2016
    The new battery was free and very interesting and would be worth another visit once they have unearthed more, but was disappointed that there was an entry fee to the old battery. Not good for those... Read full review
  • Ruth E
    Mansfield, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Needles trip
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 20th May 2016
    A 3/4 mile hike to get here, along fantastic coastal path gives some idea of how isolated this attraction is (there is a bus and some disabled parking bays closer to the attraction). It is well... Read full review
  • Karl Pez P
    Trip Type:
    Day out on the Isle of Wight
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 18th May 2016
    Always wanted to visit this place and decided to go with the kids. Was a fantastic day even if it did start at 0600 in the morning. Once we got to the Isle of Wight drove from east cowes down to... Read full review


  • Green Island Awards - Green Island Award - Gold 2008

Opening Times

Battery and Tea Room (14 Mar 2015 - 1 Nov 2015)
Bank Holiday10:3017:00
Needles New Battery (14 Mar 2015 - 1 Nov 2015)
Bank Holiday11:0016:00
Tea Room (7 Nov 2015 - 13 Dec 2015)

* 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.


Friday, 3rd June 2016 - Friday, 3rd June 2016

50 Things for Half-Term
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Saturday, 4th June 2016 - Saturday, 4th June 2016

50 Things for Half-Term
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Sunday, 26th June 2016 - Sunday, 26th June 2016

National Trust Community Day
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Saturday, 2nd July 2016 - Saturday, 2nd July 2016

Round the Island Yacht Race Breakfast
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Thursday, 21st July 2016 - Thursday, 21st July 2016

Then and Now: A look back at 60 years of the High Down testing site
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Thursday, 28th July 2016 - Thursday, 28th July 2016

Thursday, 4th August 2016 - Thursday, 4th August 2016

Thursday, 11th August 2016 - Thursday, 11th August 2016

Thursday, 18th August 2016 - Thursday, 18th August 2016

Then and Now: A look back at 60 years of the High Down testing site
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Thursday, 25th August 2016 - Thursday, 25th August 2016

Then and Now: A look back at 60 years of the High Down testing site
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