The Needles Batteries Read more [...]
Place Category: Activities
The Needles Batteries are on the westerly point of the Isle of Wight and were constructed between 1861-95 for the coastal defence of England.
The overlook the Needles, a famous coastal and played a really important part in both world wars. The new Battery has been used more recently to test the Black Knight and Black Arrow space rocket engines and in recent times were given to the National Trust and opened to the public in 1982 giving visitors the most superb views of Dorset, the Solent and Hampshire.
While you can drive right up to the Batteries there is also a great open top bus that runs every half hour on a circular trip via Yarmouth, Freshwater Bay, the Needle Pleasure Park and TotLand allowing you to step off at the Battery to see the remains of the rocket site and enjoy a snack and walk to the New Battery before rejoining the bus.
Car parking is charged per day and it’s an easy walk to the Old Battery. The Needles Pleasure Park offers everything from ice creams to restaurant facilities and has public toilets.
Opening times: 10:30am to 5:00 pm daily up to 1 Nov
The Needles Old Battery Weather Forecast
Light rain today through Saturday, with temperatures peaking at 19°C on Wednesday.Rain starting in the afternoon.Today's Forecast
11->1953% 64% 7 mph
5:03 am 9:06 pmLight rain in the morning.Monday, May 29th
13->1961% 77% 9 mph
5:02 am 9:07 pmPartly cloudy until evening.Tuesday, May 30th
12->185% 47% 12 mph
5:01 am 9:08 pmPartly cloudy until afternoon.Wednesday, May 31st
11->190% 26% 2 mph
5:01 am 9:09 pmPartly cloudy until afternoon.Thursday, Jun 1st
11->190% 16% 7 mph
5:00 am 9:10 pmLight rain overnight.Friday, Jun 2nd
13->1733% 83% 12 mph
4:59 am 9:11 pmRain in the morning.Saturday, Jun 3rd
11->1874% 68% 9 mph
4:58 am 9:12 pmClear throughout the day.Sunday, Jun 4th
12->171% 3% 12 mph
4:58 am 9:13 pm
Photos from around the surrounding area