The Needles

The Needles


You can't go to the Isle of Wight and not see the iconic Needles - a series of chalk stacks which protrude into the sea.  At the top of the cliff, on the headland, is the Old Battery and New Battery defences.

Visit the National Trust website

Nearby the actual National Trust managed old fort and land feature, in Alum Bay, is The Needles Landmark Attraction hosting a funfair, crazy golf, a chairlift to the foot of the cliffs, and boat rides around the bay and The Needles

Visit The Needles Landmark Attraction website

What makes it special

  • Take a spectacular chairlift ride to the beach and the sand cliffs
  • Watch the fascinating art of glass blowing and see craftsmen make a variety of crafted glassware
  • Great for families

Opening Times

10:00am 7 days per week, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day (closing times vary during the year).


Ticket Type                                            Ticket Tariff
4D Cinema                                            £4.00 per ticket
Alum Bay Glass Demonstration            £2.00 per ticket
Chairlift One Way                                  £3.00 per ticket
Chairlift Return                                      £6.00 per ticket
Chairlift Unlimited Travel Wrist Band    £9.00 per ticket
Games Kiosk - Per Game                     £2.00 per ticket
Jurassic Adventure Golf                       £4.00 per ticket
Sweet Factory Demonstration              £2.00 per ticket
Water Walkerz                                      £4.00 per ticket

Hostels nearby

The Needles

Totland, Isle of Wight, PO39 0JH

Map references

OS Map: 196, and Explorer OL29

OS Grid Ref: SZ307852

Lat/Lng: 50.666543, -1.565851

Contact information

Email: [email protected]

Other things to do nearby

Maritime museum

Cowes Maritime Museum

This museum situated in Cowes Library incorporates all aspects of local maritime activity from shipbuilding to sailing.



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theme park

Blackgang Chine Theme Park

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Person climbing on a climbing wall

Climbing in Totland Bay

There are various indoor and outdoor climbing walls in close proximity to the Youth Hostel. For something a little different, why not try tree climbing?


Cycling in Brighstone

Cycle around the whole island in a day on the Round the Island cycle route. The route is clearly marked and will give you plenty of time to enjoy the stunning scenery that the island has to offer.

Swanage Pier


A friendly, colourful seaside town with an award winning beach, amazing chalk pillars of Old Harry's Rocks and a very English Victorian pier.


Mowlem Theatre

Opened in 1967, the Mowlem Theatre is situated on the sea front at Swanage and has over 200 film productions a year as well as 60-100 nights of live theatre.

Steam train

Swanage Steam Railway

Explore the beautiful countryside around Swanage on the old steam trains that chuff along to Corfe Castle and beyond. Visit the website

Studland Beach

Studland Beach and Nature Reserve

One of the UK’s finest beaches and extensive nature reserve. Enid Blyton lived here, so look for Policeman Plod’s thatched cottage!


Walking and Rambling in Brighstone

The Tennyson Downs walk is an amazing walk with great views across the entire island. Watch out for the rare butterfly resident to the Isle of Wight “the Glanville Fritillary”.


Watersports in Brighstone

Go up to Cowes - the home of UK sailing. From here you can do whatever sailing course you want, you can even sail around the whole island!

Walking a dog along a coastal path

Walking and Rambling in Totland

The hostel is surrounded by National Trust land and footpaths galore. Footpaths go north to Yarmouth, south to Lord Alfred Tennyson's Monument on the Tennyson Trail, east to Freshwater Bay and west


Watersports in Totland

Totland Bay and Freshwater Bay provide surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding and coasteering. Colwell Bay is great for kite surfing and at Compton Bay you can go surfing.

New Forest Water Park

New Forest Water Park

Set in 50 acres of beautiful countryside, the park is a great place to try waterskiing, wakeboarding or you the inflatable banana and tyre rides.