Getting to the Needles is all part of the fun

The Breezer bus overlooking Alum Bay

There's plenty to see before you even reach the gates of the Needles Old Battery. The cliff path leading up from Alum Bay is wide and well surfaced, and has dramatic views across the Solent to the Dorset coast.

On foot

At a leisurely pace, the ¾ mile walk from Alum Bay will take about 20 minutes. There's parking available at the Needles Landmark Attraction, for which National Trust members receive a discount (please show membership card). Or why not try the 2-mile walk across the downs from our High Down chalk pit car park where parking is free (SZ 325856)? There are spectacular views in both directions but particularly on the return journey.

See the coloured sands of Alum Bay from the Needles Headland and Battery
The coloured sands of Alum Bay with the sea in the foreground
See the coloured sands of Alum Bay from the Needles Headland and Battery

By bus

If you don’t want to walk, you can take the double-decker ‘Needles Breezer’. This Southern Vectis bus runs every half hour from Yarmouth, and there's also a bus stop to the Old Battery opposite the car park at the Needles Landmark Attraction in Alum Bay (please note the car park is not National Trust, and charges apply).
Please check with Southern Vectis for current bus prices from Alum Bay to the Needles Old Battery. National Trust members can take advantage of a special half-price fare - please ask the driver for details.
Find out more information about the Needles Breezer.

By bicycle

If you fancy going by two-wheels, then the 'Round the Island' route passes half a mile away in Freshwater Bay. From here, you can cycle along lanes and bridleways via Farringford and Moons Hill to the Needles Battery.  
Cycling at the Needles
Two cyclists cycling down a road at the Needles Battery
Cycling at the Needles
There's limited parking at the Old Battery for disabled visitors. Please contact us in advance on tel: 01983 754772 to arrange this.