The Needles Old Battery
Isle of Wight
Telephone: 01983 754772
The Old Battery has a fascinating military history which is brought to life in a child-friendly way using cartoon displays by Geoff Campion, leading comic book artist of the 1950s.
Children can enjoy using the trails and free discovery packs that will help them explore the tunnels and learn about the Batterys history and connections to the Second World War.
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It may be worth checking out The Needles Old Battery's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.
We do strongly suggest you contact The Needles Old Battery before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.
Varies seasonally; please check with The Needles Old Battery.
There is a tea room at the Needles Old Battery serving homemade refreshments and light lunches. Children's portions are available on request and there is a highchair. Local and seasonal produce available. Picnic tables available on the Parade Ground. The kiosk at the Needles New Battery sells drinks, ice creams and limited light refreshments.
"Can I have one of those?"
Our shop sells a range of pocket money toys and souvenirs, books and postcards.
"i need a wee"
Toilet facilities are available for visitors to the Needles Old Battery including a unisex accessible toilet with baby changing facilities. There are no toilets at the Needles New Battery.
"are we there yet?"
There is no vehicular access to the Needles headland. The nearest car park is at Alum Bay (chargeable, min charge £4, not NT) from where you can take the Needles Tour Bus to the Battery (charges apply. Alternatively it will take you about 20 minutes to walk the 3/4 mile along a well surfaced private road, suitable for pushchairs. Or you can take the Needles Tour Bus from Yarmouth or any of its other stops. Half price fares available for National Trust members on the Needles Tour Bus - please ask driver for details.
...got any top tips?
There is no vehicular access to the Needles headland but the 3/4 mile walk from Alum Bay is on a well surfaced private road, suitable for pushchairs. There are lovely views across to the mainland which, on a clear day, make the walk a pleasure in itself. The Needles Old Battery & New Battery have to close in high winds so please phone 01983 754772 on the day to check if doubtful.
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