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The Needles Old Battery and New Battery, Alum Bay

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22nd September
The Needles Old Battery and New Battery
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Perched high above the Needles, amid acres of unspoilt countryside, is the Needles Old Battery, a Victorian fort built in 1862 and used throughout both world wars.

The Parade Ground has two original guns and the Fort's fascinating military history is brought to life with a series of vivid cartoons by acclaimed comic book artist Geoff Campion. An underground tunnel leads to a searchlight emplacement with dramatic views over the Needles rocks. The New Battery, further up the headland, has an exhibition on the secret British rocket tests carried out there during the Cold War. Note: steep paths and uneven surfaces. Spiral staircase to tunnel.

Town: Alum Bay
Type: Historic & Heritage, Museum, Museums & Galleries, National Trust Property, Outdoor Activities
Open all year
Baby Changing, Disabled Access, Cafe, Refreshments

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Address West High Down
Postcode PO39 0JH

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Website http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-theneedlesoldbattery
Telephone 01983 754772
Directions Bus services - Southern Vectis 7 Newport to Alum Bay, then ¾ mile. Southern Vectis 'Needles Tour' from Yarmouth and Alum Bay (March to October). Half-price fare for members on production of membership card.

Cycling - NCN67, ½ mile. 'Round the Island' route. View local cycle routes on the National Cycle Network website. By road - Alum Bay west of Freshwater Bay (B3322). On foot - Access on foot only from Alum Bay ¾ mile along a well-surfaced private road, Highdown National Trust car park 2 miles across the downs, Freshwater Bay 3½ miles across the Downs.

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Attractions Around Alum Bay
Alum Bay.JPG The Needles Park at Alum Bay
Adventure/Theme Park, Indoor Activities, Outdoor Activities
The Island’s most famous attraction for all the family.
Telephone 0871 720 0022
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