The Needles Old Battery and New Battery

Important notice -

The parade ground, toilets and tea-room (takeaway only) are open at the Needles Old Battery. All indoor spaces are closed. Please book your visit in advance; if you do not book we cannot guarantee admission. The Needles New Battery remains closed.

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

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What's on

Please book ahead before visiting 

The parade ground, tea-room (takeaway only) and toilets at the Needles Old Battery are open. We've introduced advance booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. However, where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking may not always be necessary. 

Upcoming events

Timed entry to The Needles Old Battery and New Battery (17 May - 23 May)

Tue 18 May 2021
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Visitors exploring the fortifications at the Needles Old Battery, Isle of Wight

Visiting the Needles Old Battery: What you need to know 

If you're planning a visit to the Needles Old Battery, read this article to find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit. We've made some changes to our usual offer, to help keep everyone safe.

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Things to see and do

Views to enjoy

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Woman holding takeaway hot drink


Our tea-room has reopened and will initially be serving a limited range of takeaway hot and cold drinks and some light snacks. We’ve introduced new safety measures including closure of our seating areas, screens at our till and collection points, and waymarked routes. We’ll also only be accepting card payment. We look forward to welcoming you back and know that you will support us to make this a safe experience for everyone.

The Needles Old Battery and New Battery


The Needles Old Battery and New Battery

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Aerial viewof the Needles Headland, Isle of Wight

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