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“Not for the Faint Hearted.!”

The Needles Battery
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Reviewed 30 August 2014

My partner and me have just returned home from a wonderful weeks holiday on the IOW, The Needles Battery was one of the stops.

The Old Battery is quite nice to visit, though - a fairly small site but very untouched and with good interpretive material, plus the closest view of the Needles you'll get without going on a boat trip.

The Old Battery is run by the National Trust so if you are a member, entrance is free. The walk is about half a mile from the Needles Pleasure Park car park (entrance fee £4) and follows the cliff edge mostly rising towards the Old Battery, on a windy day can be quite treacherous and not one for the faint hearted.

Thank Happy_Chopper
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

Very interesting from a historical perspective, gives an insight into Britain's Space Programme that never was!

Stunning views of the coastline / needles and surrounding and some lovely walks are probably more the feature than the Needles Battery itself, which compliements the experience.

Be prepared to walk uphill!

1  Thank Dan L
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

We started off from the mainland in the morning and took is quite some time to reach here. Buses on island can take to here. Different ways to reach the place, but there is good bus connectivity from all Puiers. You can search for southern vectis and get all the details. The place was crowded, swarming with people when we reached, spent 20 mins for 2 mins drive as there was a long queue of cars on the approaching road. Once we reached another serpent queue for the chairlift. There is also a walkway down to the beach. chairlift ride is interesting and a lil scary as the lift is open. Once you start descending you can see needles and chalk mountains. Views are really beautiful with all the sea and you in air. Beach is not huge and has ferries which can get you a closer look of the needles. Spent some time on the beach with friends before started back up. Walk to old battery or you can simply take the bus as well. Views are excellent from the top.

Thank trawan
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

Visited in August as wanted to make a coloured sand souvenir and all in all very enjoyable. Charges for car parking but reasonable and can keep your ticket and return again at a later date. Rides are payable by tokens but can also pay cash if just want to use one or two around £2 each. Nice childrens rides; vintage cars, carousel, teacups and souvenir shops/cafes.
We didnt use the chairlift but was popular with long queue by late morning.
Other attractions, glass factory with demonstration and a chocolate manufactory with demonstration. Sadly the only rude person we encountered was in the chocolate shop, a very unagreeable lady on the till who quite obviously doesnt like children!

1  Thank cheekymiss
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Reviewed 24 August 2014 via mobile

I love it here. The views cannot be beaten. The history is just unbelievable. Well maintained with a small cafe you can witness the UKs first ballisit missile laumch site..walking back in history to when the fort was 1st built. The walk along from either Alum bay or Tennyson down is a must

Thank Richard S
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