The Needles Old Battery and New Battery

Victorian coastal defence and secret rocket testing site perched high above the Needles Rocks

The Needles Old Battery and New Battery

Things to see and do

View from Freshwater Bay of Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight

More about visiting the Isle of Wight 

Whether its walking, cycling, family fun, wildlife or history that interests you, you can find it all on the Isle of Wight.

The Needles Old Battery and New Battery

What's on 

Cadbury and National trust Easter trail logo 2017

Plan ahead for the Easter holidays 

Here at the Needles Batteries, we've got something a little different planed for Easter. As well as hunting for Bunny's hidden clues on our Cadbury Egg Hunt (Friday 14-Monday 17 April, £1.50 per trail sheet), on Wednesday 12 April (11am-2pm) you can even have a go a making your very own rocket.

Upcoming events

Mothering Sunday at the Needles Old Battery

Sun 26 Mar 2017
Treat your Mum on her special day to a traditional afternoon tea at the Needles Battery tea-rooms.

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.
The Needles Old Battery and New Battery

Eating and shopping

The Needles Old Battery and New Battery


The Needles Old Battery and New Battery

Places to stay

The exterior of the coastguard holiday cottages, Isle of Wight

Stay on the Needles Headland  

Relax in our holiday cottages, complete with sea views over Alum Bay. They can accommodate up to five people, perfect for breaks with family and friends.

The Needles Old Battery and New Battery

Get involved

People sitting on the chalk cliffs at Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Association 

Find out more about how you can join the Isle of Wight Association, and support the work of the National Trust.