|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult Standard||£8.00 per ticket|
|Child Standard||£4.00 per ticket|
|Family Standard||£20.00 per ticket|
Group Adult (Minimum group size 10): £7.60 per adult, Group Child (Minimum group size 10): £3.80 per child
NEEDLES OLD BATTERY
Please note there is no longer a requirement to pre-book a visit to the Needles Old Battery. For further information please visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-needles-old-battery-and-new-battery
The National Trust’s Needles Old Battery is spectacularly sited above the Needles Rocks and has the best views you can get from land of the iconic geological formation.
Recently returned from conservation work, visitors can see the original dress uniform jacket worn by Master Gunner Robert Lakeman who worked at the Battery, or head through the underground tunnel, that takes you deep through the cliffs, for a unique bird's eye view of The Needles.
The tea-room is in an old look-out tower and serves hot and cold drinks, light lunches, sandwiches, cakes and traybakes with dramatic views of the Needles Rocks and Dorset in the distance.
From the Old Battery there are miles of wonderful cliff top walks stretching from the Needles Headland to Freshwater Bay across the Headland and Tennyson Down.
National Trust Members - FREE
PRICES: please see above.
Please note that for visitor safety, the property closes in high winds; please see website or phone on day of visit to check.
Old Battery tea-room winter opening– The tea-room is open each weekend during the winter (please see website for details). Gates to the fort will be open but internal buildings and tunnel will be closed.
NEEDLES NEW BATTERY
Please note the New Battery is open on Saturdays only (10.30am - 4pm) from 25 May until 31 August 2024.
Built after the Old Battery, the New Battery was the location of the British ‘race for space’ during the Cold War and saw the design and testing of rockets and satellites. The underground rooms of the New Battery, situated next to the bus turning point, contain an exhibition about the secret rocket testing carried out on the site in the 1950s and 60s.
As with the Old Battery, the property closes in high winds so please see website on day of visit to check.
PRICES: Admission to the Needles New Battery is free.
EDUCATIONAL GROUPS - Group visits and school visits available. For more information and to book your visit please call 01983 754772 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note there is no vehicular access to the Needles Headland or Batteries. For disabled access please phone 01983 754772 on arrival at the entrance to the Headland Road or email email@example.com
Reduced fare available to National Trust members on Needles Tour Bus (run by Southern Vectis). Please ask driver for details.
- 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
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- On-Site cafe/restaurant
- Outdoor eating area
- Picnic Site
- Refreshments Available
- Vegetarians catered for
Children & Infants
- Babes in Arms
- Baby changing
- Family Friendly, Children Welcome
- Highchair(s) available
- Beach/Coast 20 min walking distance
- Dogs Accepted
- Dogs admitted on a lead
- Dogs welcome - Dogs on leads welcome everywhere except upstairs in the tearoom.
- Groups by arrangement
- Guided tours by arrangement
- Open on bank holidays
- Groups Accepted
- Countryside Setting
- In countryside
- Indoor Attraction
- No Smoking Attraction
- 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
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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Parking at Alum Bay is not National Trust.
Public Transport Directions
For bus information please visit the Southern Vectis website - www.islandbuses.info/
|Open New Year|
|Needles tea-room autumn opening (11 Nov 2023 - 17 Dec 2023)|
|Needles tea-room Christmas opening (26 Dec 2023 - 1 Jan 2024)|
|Needles tea-room winter opening (6 Jan 2024 - 25 Feb 2024)|
|Needles tea-room Feb Half Term opening (12 Feb 2024 - 16 Feb 2024)|
|Needles Old Battery open every day 10.30am-5pm (2 Mar 2024 - 3 Nov 2024)|
* * TEA ROOM WINTER OPENING - open each weekend until 17 December and each day Boxing Day to New Year's Day, 11am-3pm, then each weekend from 6 Jan to 25 Feb as well as each day 12-16 Feb, 11am-3pm. Click on the 'Visit Website' button above for more information.
*Old Battery is open 7 days a week from 2 March 2024 (10.30am - 5pm. Last entry 4.30pm). Please note the property may have to close in high winds. Please phone to check (01983) 754772.
* New Battery open each Saturday from 25 May - 31 Aug 2024 (10.30am - 4pm).