The Needles are one of the Isle of Wight’s most iconic sights. These three white chalk stacks leading up to the Needles Lighthouse are the first thing that many people think of when they hear to words ‘Isle of Wight’. The Needles are more than just a beautiful sight, however. There’s plenty to do here, from the world-famous chairlift and the 4D cinema to the Needles Old Battery and much more.

The Needles Isle of Wight

The Needles Isle of Wight facts

The name comes from a fourth pillar, which was more needle-shaped than the three stacks we see today. The original ‘Needle’ pillar collapsed in a storm in 1764, but the name lives on. On the cliffs above the stacks, the Needles Battery was an important military site until quite recently. The National Trust now own and curate what’s left of the Needles Old Battery.

Today, the Needles are a major draw, bringing thousands every year to the Isle of Wight. The Needles and their surrounds have managed to maintain their natural beauty and grandeur despite also playing host to a number of fantastic family attractions. If you only have the chance to visit one place on the Isle of Wight, make it the Needles.

The Needles Old Battery

The Needles Old Battery, owned and operated by the National Trust, is a fascinating piece of the Island’s history. In Victorian times, the Old Battery provided coastal defence. Modern visitors can walk the stone fortifications, taking in the incredible views over The Needles Alum Bay as they do so. In the 20th century, the site was used for secret rocket testing, making it an absolute must for anyone with an interest in military history – as well as for anyone who appreciates a wonderful view.

The Needles Chairlift

Running from the top of Alum Bay to the brightly-coloured sands of the beach below, few Isle of Wight attractions are as much-loved as this chairlift. The Needles and Alum Bay appear in all their glory during the journey up or down – there is no better way to drink in the beauty of this place. The chairlift is very reasonably priced, as well, enabling whole families to enjoy this great experience without feeling the sting in your wallets.

The Needles Landmark Attraction

The Needles Landmark Attraction has something for everyone:

  • For cinema fans, there’s the 4D cinema – which shows films in 3D, with immersive surround-sound, and touch-technology. A 4D cinema experience makes you feel as though you’re truly inside the film you’re watching – great fun, but (depending on the film) not for the faint-hearted.
  • The IW Sweet Manufactory makes delicious and unique sweets to tempt your tastebuds. Watch the sweet-makers at their craft, learn about how sweets are made, and sample the lovely-tasting produce.
  • Alum Bay Glass gives visitors the opportunity to watch the ancient and intriguing process of glass-blowing. Intricate and beautiful glass creations take shape before the very eyes of visitors.
  • Children can enjoy a number of fun rides and attractions, including a traditional Victorian carousel, the Spins and Needles IOW teacup ride, and a games kiosk with plenty of fun fairground-style games and tests of skill.
  • At the Sand Shop and the Pier Head Shopping Emporium, people can buy souvenirs from their visit. There are also plenty of facts about the Needles on display all around, making this an educational as well as an enjoyable experience.
  • Spin Cycles and Water Walkerz give people the opportunity to enjoy themselves on the water – encased in giant bubbles! It’s great fun, and very popular with kids!
  • For the dinosaur fans, there’s a 9 hole ‘Jurassic Golf’ course, where people can play golf and learn about dinosaurs all at the same time. The course is peppered with beautiful water features, and boards offering information on nine different species of dinosaur.

Marconi’s Licensed Tea Room

The world’s first long-distance radio signal was sent from the Isle of Wight, at the Needles. Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi, who introduced the world to radio, sent the historic transmission from his base at the Needles IOW in 1897. Today, the Needles Landmark Attraction’s tea room is named after the great man. At Marconi’s Tea Room, you can enjoy a range of delicious refreshments, including local beers, lovely wines, and scrumptious cakes and pastries.

Getting to The Needles IOW

Getting to the Needles is easy with Wightlink. Our ferry to Yarmouth will drop you within easy reach of the Landmark Attraction. Our ferries are quick and comfortable, with plenty of on-board facilities. Book your ferry tickets today, and start planning your visit to the Isle of Wight and its world-famous Needles.

The Needles,
Isle of Wight, PO39 0JD, England

The Needles Landmark Attraction

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