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“The most amazing views with fascinating added history”

The Needles Battery
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Spent a great morning at the Needles in fantastic weather. Caught the Needles Breezer bus (from the tackily horrible Needles Amusement park where we were obliged to cough up £4 to park) but at least it was a half-price fare ride for National Trust Members. TIP: if you are younger and more able than us, walk all the way along the Downs from Freshwater Bay OR do the half walk by parking (free for NT members) in the Quarry Car Park (turn up left at the Highdown Inn off the approach road from Freshwater Bay.)

We enjoyed the views and commentary from the top deck, got off at the upper (New Battery) to visit the exhibition (free) on the rocket program, see the test site and admire the distant views of the Needles themselves from a (less scary than I had anticipated) viewpoint.)

Then walked downhill to the Old Battery. Other have commented that they fiound the £4.40 admission charge (2014) steep and I can see the point. We were glad we have a reciprocal membership arrangement and so got in free because the exhibition in the surviving parts of the 19th century fort is very interesting and the views are just stunning, especially from the tunnel (narrow, awkward staircase if you are not great on your feet but worth it.)

BIG PLUS NT, dogs are welcome (on leads of course but would any sensible owner do OTHERWISE on top of a 400' cliff?

Thank 3fr5
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Caught the breezer bus which is the only public transport allowed to drive up to the old/new battery. The new battery has interesting information from more recent history - 2nd world war onwards, whereas the old battery was for protecting from French attack using cannons. Both batterys were interesting with great views of the Needles! We also had cake and hot chocolate in the old battery tearoom which has lovely views!!

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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Lots of history, weather was fab and nice walks around the place. Gorgeous views. We walked over tysons point down into freshwater. Not a bad walk considering im 5 months pregnant. Take trainers with you though.

Thank hayles1982
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Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

Views were great and we had a nice long walk. Not much to do with a child under 2 at the site so didn't stay too long.

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Reviewed 6 July 2014

Went in expecting a lot more for the entrance money & yes the walk down the tunnel to the end is good but I felt a bit cheated as we went up to the new battery which was free to enter and better views of the Needles too

Thank Adrian L
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