Here you are ladies and gentlemen, it’s the ultimate Isle of Wight attraction, the iconic landmark and the one thing you must visit during your stay on the island – The Needles Park. The Needles rocks and lighthouse have become the Isle of Wight’s most known, photographed and famous landmarks – and the Needles Park at Alum Bay means the whole family can enjoy them with a great day out.
The coloured sand cliffs loom behind the Needles rocks and the chairlift down to the beach is one of the most exhilarating ways to experience this unique and historic view. Other attractions include the 4D cinema experience, Jurassic golf, a traditional carousel and the Sand Shop. The shop is your chance to fill a souvenir with layers of the famous coloured sand, creating a unique souvenir from the beach. Entry to the park is free and the attractions are pay as you go.
The Needles may look majestic but the years have seen them cause more than their share of shipwrecks. More than twenty lay on the sea bed today as the tides mean that the area is very difficult to dive. The lighthouse was automated in 1994, but until then it was manned by three keepers at any one time. The lighthouse keepers would work for two months at once and then have a month’s leave back on land, and these days it sounds a foghorn at 15 second intervals when visibility if limited.