Visiting the Needles Old Battery: What you need to know

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

The Tea Room at the Needles Old Battery will be open for walkers at select times over the winter (the gates to the fort will be open but the internal buildings and tunnel will be closed). On winter weekends, Boxing Day, and over the New Year and February half-term holiday, weather permitting (in particular when there's no strong winds), plan a brisk winter walk up to the Needles and have a warming cup of tea or soup.

The Needles Old Battery and New Battery is closed during the winter, but the tearoom will be open for reduced opening times on weekends (our entrance gates are open for walkers to access the tearoom but the rest of the rooms and facilities are closed).

Tea room opening:

From 6 Nov-19 Dec Saturday & Sunday 11am-3pm

  • 26 Dec-3 Jan every day 11am-3pm
  • 8 Jan-6 Feb Saturday & Sunday 11am-3pm
  • 12-20 Feb every day 11am-3pm
  • 26-27 Feb Saturday & Sunday 11am-3pm

Winter walks

The Needles headland can be a tempestuous place over the winter, but there can be no better place on the Island for a seasonal walk with views over the sea to the mainland on calm winter days.

2022 opening

We're open again on 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 main parade ground, tea-room, and toilets are open on selected winter days,but our exhibition rooms at the Old Battery and the New Battery are closed.

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

Upcoming events

Sorry, there are no upcoming events at this place.