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

Alum Bay & the Needles

Alum Bay & the Needles

This iconic British landmark – The Needles Rocks & Lighthouse are next to Alum Bay with its coloured sands in the cliffs. More details from The Needles website.

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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

Headon Warren at sunset, near Totland

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There are plenty of good cycle routes marked on the island. Cycle around the island in a day or two or even three or four.

Totland Bay beach at sunset

Totland Bay beach

Great for anyone who enjoys a quiet relaxing time on the beach or wants an easy walk along the promenade to Colwell Bay. Visit the website

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