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The Needles Battery, Totland

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Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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 used the excellent bus service to get to the Needles. We were staggered at how commercial it was. The car park was enormous and packed. So we walked along the coast towards the Needles and using...  more »
  • A lovely landmark to visit and well worth a visit. There is cafe food available and equally areas for a picnic. Entertainment for children and the cable car to the beach. A glass blowing...  more »
  • Worth a trip with the kids and free entry if you are a National Trust member.
  • Interesting historical site with the unique Black Knight rocket engine test bed. New battery consists of WW2 former gun emplacements. Not much of the original battery remains but enough to see what once was. Old battery was used and has features dating from Victorian times to WW2. Very interesting site. Unfortunately all rooms and underground features are closed because of COVID but the usual £7 non NT members price is reduced to £5. Pricey for the size of the place but you are donating to its preservation for future generations. Unique and excellent views of the needles and can pretty much get a 360 of the Isle of Wight from up top. Has a vehicle track but is walking only.

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