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

Visiting the Needles Old Battery

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.

A cartoon showing the announcement of the Armistice of the First World War (1914 to 1918)

Things to see and do at The Needles Old Battery and New Battery 

Explore the worlds of The Needles Old Battery and New Battery, enjoying sweeping coastal views and family activities. Discover the vital role it played in Britain's defence history and in the 'race for space'.

Views to enjoy

The Needles Old Battery and New Battery

What's on

Upcoming events

Sensory trail

Wed 29 Jun 2022
10:30-17:00
Experience the sights, smells, sounds, and textures of life as a soldier at the Needles Old Battery.

Have you got what it takes to be a gunner? - come out and play at the Needles

Sat 23 Jul 2022
10:00-17:00
Join us for 'Have you got what it takes to be a gunner?' activity during the school summer holiday. Children can get their heart rate up as part of our Come Out and Play season.
The Needles Old Battery and New Battery

Eating

Visitors and a dog at the Needles Battery, Isle of Wight eating and drinking in the tea-room.

Our tea-room is open and is serving a delicious menu of hot and cold drinks, pasties, sandwiches all day, bakes, cakes, and ice cream. The tea room has indoor seating and picnic benches on the parade ground. We accept cash or card payment.

The Needles Old Battery and New Battery

History

The Needles Old Battery and New Battery

Places to stay

Needles Coastguard Cottages

The Needles Old Battery and New Battery

Our work

Aerial viewof the Needles Headland, 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.

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