Visiting the Needles Old Battery

Visitors exploring the fortifications at the Needles Old Battery, Isle of Wight

It may be famous as the windiest place in England but a visit to the Needles Old Battery - weather permitting - is to visit one of the most spectacular sites in Britain. It's not always gusty and in the summer months the views can be enjoyed in the sunshine with the the glistening sea below.

The Needles Old Battery is open from the 5 March until the 30 October 2022, 7 days a week,10.30am - 5pm, and you don't have to book your visit in advance.

Access for everyone

If you need to bring a carer or essential companion to accompany you as a disabled visitor, you can, free of charge.

Parking and when you arrive

The nearest parking for the Old Battery is in Alum Bay at the Needles Landmark Attraction (not National Trust and chargeable; 20% off for National Trust members). There is limited accessible parking at the Old Battery. Please contact the property on arrival at Alum bay car park to check availability. 

The Breezer bus overlooking Alum Bay

Getting to the Needles is all part of the fun

Getting here is an adventure; you can either get the Breezer Bus, walk from Alum bay or park at High Down chalk pit car park a 2-mile walk across the downs.


The main parade ground, tea-room, toilets and exhibition rooms at the Old Battery are open however the New Battery is only open on selected dates.

View the Needles Rocks from the Battery and Headland
A lady looking through binoculars at the Needles Rocks and lighthouse on the Isle of Wight
View the Needles Rocks from the Battery and Headland