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
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
Other things to do nearby
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.
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?
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.
The Isle of Wight is heaven for cycling, both on and off road.
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
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.
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
One of the best vantage points for watching boats, the park has an aquarium & a reptilarium, history of the Sea museum, model railway, and observatory & planetarium. Visit the Fort's&n
3 miles A lovely seaside harbour, great for boat watching and all things nautical, with cafes and restaurants to while away the day. Visit the website
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.
Isle of Wight Pearl is not only home to an unmissable collection of pearl jewellery – but there are spectacular cliff-top views over the English Channel, a butterfly meadow, and a café where you can e
The Tennyson and St Boniface Downs offer some great mountain bike trails.
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”.
3 miles Good, old-fashioned hands on museum. Activities include 3D dinosaur jigsaws, a fossil sandpit and dinosaur rubbings. Visit the website
Your ride will take you out into the New Forest Country Park to take in the wonderful views and see wild ponies and other animals that live in the forest. Visit the Brockenhurst Riding Stables webs
A wonderfully preserved castle, known as the place where King Charles I was imprisoned. Don't miss the wonderful Princess Beatrice Garden. There are also regular tournaments and jousts, as w