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“Fascinating”

The Needles Battery
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

As. a NT member it was fascinating to visit the Old Battery and to see the Needles so close up from the tunnel. Lots of information about how the Battery was used.

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

We walked down to the needles old battery from the car park. It is 1.2km but well worth the walk. There is a bus available if you don't fancy the walk. Once there the Old Battery is a step back in time and full of great history. The tunnel down to the needle spotlight is a must. There are areas to explore and different viewpoints around the area. Make sure you visit the tearoom, the best view from a tearoom i have ever had. And the savoury tea was an absolute delight. Highly recommended.

Thank Mark T
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

We took the Needles Breezer bus from Yarmouth, which delivers you to the door of the New Battery. It's just a couple of minutes walk downhill to the Old Battery, with fantastic views across to the Hampshire and Dorset coasts. The old battery is a maze of old tunnels, well equipped with props, costumes, artwork, historical artefacts and machinery. For the kids (small and 40ish!) there was an amusing "search for the soldier" trail. There's something very atmospheric about the whole place when you've got a 50mph wind blowing and shower clouds hurtling up the Solent. This makes diving into the nostalgic tea rooms all the more inviting. We had been planning tea & cake, with a picnic outside, but very soon opted for a full hot lunch (and cake!)- the picnic could always be eaten later. The period crockery, music and the general ambience of the building made for a very satisfying meal. Top marks for service as well.

I gather from other reviews that the entrance fee to the Old Battery could be seen as a little steep- this is a situation where NT membership really pays off.

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Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

They claim to have the best view of the Needles from their tunnel but the best views are actually up the hill, near the coast guard station at the view point down by the rocket launch site.

I didn't really find the National Trust Battery interesting. A small site with not a lot for your entrance fee.

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Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

Not only do you get fantastic views, but some great history, courtesy of the National Trust. Only a short walk from the main car park, the battery contains lots of information, and a fantastic tea-room. I had a lovely time staring at the sea, and learning about the role the battery held during the 150 years!

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