The Needles Old Battery
The Needles Old Battery is situated on the most westerly point of the Isle of Wight overlooking the Needles with spectacular views of the, Hampshire and Dorset coastline.

The Needles Batteries were constructed between 1861-95 for
coastal defence against the threat of invasion by France. In the Parade Ground is a spiral staircase leads down to a 65 metre tunnel that ends up at the searchlight position with dramatic views overlooking the Needles.

During the 1960s this area was also used by Saunders Roe for testing the Black Knight and Black Arrow space rocket engines, there is a small free exhibition about the part the site played in the race for space.

Also on the headland is a Rocket Testing Site, used in the 1950s and 60s.
In 1913 Britain's first anti-aircraft gun was tested in the centre of the courtyard.
  Open 2010
Mid March to end October
Daily, 10.30am - 5pm
Free entry for under 5s and National Trust members
The Needles New Battery (space exhibition) is free and open 11am - 4pm Tue, Sat, Sun and school holidays.
West High Down, Alum Bay, Isle of Wight PO39 0JH
Tel:01983 754772

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Pathways leading to the Needles Old Battery
Tunnel underground to the searchlight position
The tour bus from Yarmouth stops at the Needles Old Battery. Car users can park at Alum Bay.
Parking is at Alum Bay followed by a half mile walk uphill.
Tea room
Wheelchair accessible
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Baby changing facilities
History link
The Needles Old Battery
The Needles Old Battery