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The Needles Old Battery and New Battery are historic fortifications located on the western tip of the Isle of Wight. The Old Battery was built in the 1860s and served as a coastal defense during both World Wars, while the New Battery was built in the 1890s and used as a testing site for experimental weapons during the 20th century.

Today, visitors can explore both the Old and New Batteries, which have been restored and transformed into museums showcasing their military history. Visitors can also take in stunning views of the surrounding coastline and the iconic Needles Rocks.

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Open hours today: 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Monday

    10:30 am - 5:00 pm

  • Tuesday

    10:30 am - 5:00 pm

  • Wednesday

    10:30 am - 5:00 pm

  • Thursday

    10:30 am - 5:00 pm

  • Friday

    10:30 am - 5:00 pm

  • Saturday

    10:30 am - 5:00 pm

  • Sunday

    10:30 am - 5:00 pm

  • May 30, 2024 4:45 am local time

    The information on Monty's Guide website is advisory and some places have restricted access during temporary closures or special event days. Please be sure to check the website of the place you intend to visit before travelling

Additional visitor information

For full details of our opening hours, please visit our website.  Please note that the New Battery is not always open at the same time as the Old Battery.

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