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
13 April 2017 11:00 - 14:00 Available
1 June 2017 11:00 - 14:00 Available

Contact Info

The Manager
Call 01983754772

Upcoming events

Make a pocket rocket

Wed 12 Apr 2017
Design, make and launch your own 'fizzy' rocket at the Highdown rocket site.

Rocket site tours

Thu 13 Apr 2017
Discover sixty years of the High Down rocket testing site with our introduction to the exhibition and short walk.

Cadbury Egg Hunt

Fri 14 Apr 2017
Find the clues hidden around the Battery to solve the puzzle and claim your chocolate prize.

Wild art at the Battery

Mon 29 May 2017
Help us create a nature table this half-term at the Needles New Battery, so we can show people why this area is so important. And you can tick off one of your 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 too.

Round the Island Yacht Race Breakfast

Sat 01 Jul 2017
The Needles Old Battery will be open early so come along to our tea-room and enjoy a hearty breakfast whilst watching the yachts round the Needles rocks. Or just come and enjoy the view.