Visiting the Needles Old Battery: What you need to know

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

We're open 7 days a week, and you don't need to book your visit in advance.

We're open 7 days a week 10.30am - 5pm, until the end of October and you don't have to book your visit in advance. The 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).

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. 

Staying safe

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and current government guidance when you visit. And look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site.

Helping you stay safe at the Needles Old Battery
Man using hand sanitising unit at the entrance to the Needles Old Battery
Helping you stay safe at the Needles Old Battery

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.


The main parade ground, tea-room, toilets, and the exhibition rooms are open, but the New Battery remains closed. Our Soldier Trail is currently available for little visitors to discover as they explore the Battery.

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.