The Needles Battery, Totland

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Soak up coastal views and military history at The Needles Battery, built in the 1860s in anticipation of French hostilities. Walk through a 65 m (213 ft) tunnel to catch the best views of one of Britain's most famous coastal landmarks, the Needles. See the remains of a rocket site and the rocket testing display from the 1950s and 60s. Take in panoramic views from the tearoom at the Port, War Signal Station. To reach the battery walk 20 minutes uphill from the car park, or catch a shuttle. Before you head to Totland, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Totland trip planner , to make sure you see all that Totland has to offer, including The Needles Battery.
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  • We enjoyed the walk from the car park and paid to visit the old battery plus walked up to the new one where I was surprised to find out about the rocket testing that was done there. I found it all wel...  more »
  • Despite it being chilly, it was a nice walk to the top, great views and the dogs loved it. There was a bus that passed us on the way, so if you didn’t fancy an uphill walk there was probably another w...  more »
  • We took the bus from Newport to the stop closest to the Needles Battery. During the high season this place where the bus stopped must be crazy busy. It looked like a cross between a boardwalk and an a...  more »
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  • Spectacular coastal views. As good as it gets.
  • So different from when I was a kid, so much to see and do now.
  • The Needles are a great way to pass a few hours/ a day. The chairlift to the beach is pretty damned impressive, unfortunately the boats weren't running (-but do you want to be on a boat in rough weather?) we loved the sweet making demonstration, our daughter enjoyed the rides, there's mini golf, a 4d cinema, glass blowing demonstrations, shopping, some good walks, a fantastic Santa Claus at Christmas, the friendliest fox I've ever seen and, of course, the Needles themselves. But do your research. The weather and season is going to play a big part in your experience, you can check the website or call ahead to check what's on. If there's a howling gale blowing, then the chairlift and boat out to the Needles are probably not going to be running, but then would you want to be on a chairlift in a storm? If the tide's right in, you might not be allowed to get off at the bottom of the lift, so whilst it's a fantastic ride down, it's something to be aware of. Over winter they shut the lift down too, we found out after we turned up last year. But we should've checked. The prices are reasonable enough, however you'll need £5 in cash on you for the all day parking as the car park doesn't take cards although parking was free when we went later in the year. A lovely day with some spectacular views and experiences, just take the weather into account!
  • Pretty boring beach. Cable cars £6 return ride complete rip off. Very hard to access. £5 fixed parking rate not great as kids bored after half hour. No shops near beach.
  • A must when visiting the isle of white fun for all the family also great for those interested in history.
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