Rocket site tours

Discover sixty years of the High Down rocket testing site with our introduction to the exhibition and short walk.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Learn more about the history of rocket testing at the Needles New Battery with our introductory talk and short walk around the site of the rocket gantries. Find out how the headland has evolved and become an AONB, and the important habitats it provides for wildlife.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
The Needles Old Battery and New Battery


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £7.15 £6.50
Child £3.60 £3.25
Family £17.90 £16.25
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £5.85
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £2.90

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...

The Needles Old Battery entry for National Trust members: free

The Needles New Battery: admission free for all.

The basics

Suitable for the whole family
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
Meet at the New Battery refreshment kiosk.
What to bring and wear
Please wear clothing and footwear suitable for the weather conditions at the time.
The start of each tour will coincide with the arrival of the open top Breezer Bus which runs every 30 minutes and can be boarded at Alum Bay (charges apply). Both the event and entry to the Needles New Battery are free. If you would like to help us look after the Needles Battery, then your donation is always welcome.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
27 July 2017 11:00 - 13:00 Available
3 August 2017 11:00 - 13:00 Available
10 August 2017 11:00 - 13:00 Available
17 August 2017 11:00 - 13:00 Available
24 August 2017 11:00 - 13:00 Available
31 August 2017 11:00 - 13:00 Available

Contact Info

The Manager
Call 01983754772

Upcoming events

Rocket site tours

Thu 27 Jul 2017
Discover sixty years of the High Down rocket testing site with our introduction to the exhibition and short walk.

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ at The Needles Battery

Thu 27 Jul 2017
We've lots of activities for you to tick off your 50 things list this summer.

Autumn Adventures

Tue 24 Oct 2017
Join us at the Needles Battery as we listen to tales from the sea of daring-do and swashbuckling adventure.