The Needles Chairlift

The iconic Needles Chair lift is a popular attraction on the Isle of Wight offering visitors a great way to view the famous Needles Rocks and Lighthouse.

The lift cost us £6 per person return for an adult. One way tickets were also available along with the option to buy saver tickets if you wanted to visit the various other attractions at the landmark such as the Water Walkerz, Vintage Cars, Jurassic Adventure Golf, Carousel and 4D cinema experience.

The ride lasts approximately 4 minutes from the top of the Alum Bay cliffs down to the beach below however you can just go around without getting off. If you do decide to get off you can take a walk along the stony beach and view the multi-coloured sand cliffs of Alum Bay.

The waters here are turquoise blue and if conditions are reasonable then you can also enjoy either a slow boat trip out to the Needles or a fast RIB boat trip – extra charges apply.

The Needles

Of course if you don’t fancy the chair lift then you can walk up and down!

You can get a photo of your Needles chair lift experience and various other merchandise such as keyrings and magnets, at a price of course.

As well as the other attractions (which we didn’t bother with!) there is a sand shop where visitors can make their own unique coloured sand souveniers, a world famous Alum Bay Glass shop which offers unique handmade British glass items and ‘Taste of the Wight’ which showcases the best of the island’s produce. And there’s a few places to grab a drink or bite to eat.

We took the Number 7 bus from Newport to Alum Bay which took around 1 hour. We had previously purchased a 7 day Freedom ticket which cost us £24 per person (adult) but you can also purchase one off trips or a day ‘rover’ ticket for £10 per person (adult). Parking at the landmark cost £5 per vehicle.

We arrived just around 12.45pm in mid August and it was fairly busy. We waited approximately 15 minutes for the chair lift however the queue was much longer at the bottom for those waiting to get back on as many ‘riders’ didn’t actually get off at the bottom. And by the time we also got back to the top at around 2.00pm the queue was much longer.

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