The Needles Park, Alum Bay
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Located near the top of the chairlift ride is a monument to Guglielmo Marconi, the wireless pioneer. Marconi set up a permanent wireless station at The Needles in 1899, and his work here led to the development of the radio and telecommunications technology we enjoy today.
At the top of the cliffs, beside the large parking area, The Needles Park combined shops and cafes with amusement park rides. The one our daughter enjoyed most was a large pool of plastic balls where she pretended to be a hamster (other cute and cuddly animals are available).
There were more 'educational' places where you could watch glass blowing and a shop where you could buy various shaped containers and fill them with layers of coloured sand. They had a really good selection of colours plus some information boards about the sand.
The chairlift might be a challenge going down for people who don't like heights, but there are great views out over the sea and towards the Needles lighthouse. Boat tours for the Needles left from the docks at the bottom. Other than the views, the only real attraction at the bottom of the cliff is the layers of coloured sand that make up the cliff itself.
We walked a little way to admire the colours in the cliffs but it was quite rocky, and rather tiring to walk. It was high tide so we couldn't see if there was sand that would have made walking easier if it hadn't been covered with water. The wind was blowing off the sea and even though it was a fair day it wasn't a place we wanted to hang about. On a less windy day with more beach exposed it might have been really enjoyable to spend time at the bottom.
About The Needles Park
Address: Alum Bay, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, England, PO39 0JD
Attraction Type: Family Attraction
Location: Well signposted, large paid parking area. Regular bus service from Newport.
Website: The Needles Park
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Needles Old Battery - 0.6 miles (Historic Building)
Freshwater, All Saints Church - 2.7 miles (Historic Church)
Hurst Castle - 2.8 miles (Castle)
Yarmouth Castle - 3.9 miles (Castle)
Mottistone, St Peter & St Paul Church - 6.1 miles (Historic Church)
Mottistone Manor Garden - 6.2 miles (Garden)
Brighstone, St Mary's Church - 7.7 miles (Historic Church)
Newtown Old Town Hall - 7.8 miles (Historic Building)
Nearest Accommodation to The Needles Park:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Point
Dimbola Museum and Galleries
Isle of Wight