Visiting the Needles Old Battery: What you need to know

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

This was about our opening up to 1 November 2020. The Needles Old Battery is now closed for the winter.

To ensure the safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and local communities, we've reduced the number of people we can welcome at one time and we ask that you book your visit in advance, when possible. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.

We've introduced advance booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. However, where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking may not always be necessary. 

Parking and when you arrive

The nearest parking for the Old Battery is in Alum Bay (not National Trust and chargeable; 20% off for National Trust members). There is limited accessible parking. Please contact the property on arrival at Alum bay car park to check availability. Once you arrive at the Old Battery, if you have one, please have your ticket to hand to show to staff at the entrance. Members will also need to show their membership card.

Please be aware that if you’re more than 10 minutes late for your arrival slot then entry will be at the discretion of the property team. There is no limit on how long you can spend at the Battery.

Staying safe

We are operating a one-way system in some parts of the Battery. To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and 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 (takeaway only) and toilets are open, but the exhibition rooms, shop and New Battery remain closed. Our Solider Trail is currently unavailable but there are activities 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

How to book

All visitors must book a ticket in advance, including members. Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay in advance.

  • Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged 5 or under as they don’t need a ticket.
  • You’ll need to choose a 30-minute arrival time for the day you want to visit.
  • The timeslot is for your arrival time only 
  • Tickets are for your use only and are not available for resale
  • We'll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email.

Every Friday we'll release new bookings for visits the following week. You can book up to 18 hours before a timeslot. 

Due to limited spaces, we’re asking that you only book once a week to allow others a chance to visit.

Upcoming events

Timed entry to The Needles Old Battery and New Battery (12 Apr - 18 Apr)

Tue 13 Apr 2021
Book your timed entry to visit The Needles Old Battery and New Battery.