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Marconi's licensed tea rooms - The Needles, Alum Bay

In early December 1897, to investigate and experiment with transmission to ships at sea, Guglielmo Marconi set up his revolutionary wireless equipment in the Royal Needles Hotel, above Alum Bay, and sent the very first wireless transmission. With a warm welcome awaiting you in the newly refurbished and fully licenced tea rooms, named after the great man himself, take time out from your adventures to enjoy a refreshing cup of tea or speciality coffee, a range of sinful cakes and pastries and an extensive selection of soft drinks, cold beers and alcoholic beverages.

The Hut - The Promenade, Colwell Bay

The Hut is an easy-going beach restaurant that combines an unrivalled passion for simple yet delicious food, with a desire to create a relaxed but stylish environment for all to enjoy.

Using locally sourced produce wherever possible and by combining culinary classics with innovative ideas, The Hut offers a more exciting approach to seaside dining on the Isle of Wight.

Open throughout the day during the summer season, we offer a variety of settings to satisfy all – from a casual lunch in the sun to an ambient, candle lit dinner on the deck in the evening.

The Waterfront - The Beach, Totland Bay

The Waterfront with all new restaurant “The Mediterranean Kitchen” is where you can  enjoy the magical location of Totland Bay in the west of the Isle of Wight. Experience some of the finest sunsets in Europe over a drink, or freshly prepared delicious Mediterranean cuisine.

Specialising in seafood and Mediterranean Cuisine our mouthwatering menu includes homemade stone baked pizzas, pastas, locally caught fish, crab & lobster, daily specials and much more.

Other local eateries and take-aways:

Captain’s Cabin - Colwell Chine Road, Colwell

Totties Fish and Chips - The Broadway, Totland

Sunbo Chinese and Oriental Takeaway - The Broadway, Totland

What to see

The Needles Landmark Attraction offers something for all ages including sand filling shop, adventure golf, open top bus rides, boat trips, a traditional family Carousel, Victorian games and a wide variety of retail and catering facilities. A visit to The Needles Park would also not be complete without a ride in the famous chairlift, which transports visitors from the top of the cliff to Alum Bay beach and back, giving the best view of the Isle of Wight’s most famous landmark – The Needles Rocks.

The Needles Old and New Battery

Perched high above the Needles at the extreme tip of the Island, with unrivalled views of the Solent and unspoilt countryside, is the Needles Old Battery a Victorian fort built in 1862 and used throughout both World Wars.

The Battery’s fascinating story is told in a series of newly recreated, atmospheric rooms, whilst vivid cartoons by comic book artist Geoff Campion illustrate the part it played in the history of modern Britain. There are two original guns on the Parade Ground and an underground tunnel leads to a searchlight emplacement with dramatic views over the Needles rocks.

Headon Warren is one of the Island’s most spectacular walks with views out to sea and of Alum Bay and the famous Needles rocks and lighthouse.

Totland, Alum Bay and Colwell

The Bay Boutique Bed and Breakfast, Holme, Guyers Road, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, PO40 9QA

Totland Bay is a picturesque sandy beach, ideal for swimming, with clear turquoise waters and far reaching views to the mainland. The Bay is located on the West of the Isle of Wight, close to the village of Totland. The beach has a number of groynes along its sandy shores, backing onto a seawall where the sand turns to pebbles. The coastline here is rocky yet for the most part covered in a thick blanket of trees and greenery.

The Beach has a short pier, which is currently under redevelopment, opposite which are the public toilets and a row of pretty beach huts. A narrow road runs down to the seafront, which has some parking, but it is best to park at the top and walk down in the summer months as it as popular with the locals as it is visitors.

Walk along the seafront to ‘The Waterfront’ on the sea wall at the eastern end of the road. With large picture windows on the sun room side of this pub and restaurant, this is a great place to eat as you watch the sun sink below the horizon.

Walk further east at dusk and you will find rod and line fishers, or local youngsters having beach parties on the shore. Boats moor offshore during the day, with their occupants using the clear waters to bathe or come ashore to collect supplies and enjoy the restaurant.

Alum Bay beach is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque beaches on the Isle of Wight. This mainly shingle beach situated at the most westerly tip of the Island is framed by the iconic chalk stacks  known as The Needles with the world famous coloured sands with 21 different shades creating a dramatic and natural shelter for the beach.

The crystal clear waters are a favourite for local swimmers and perfect for the children to paddle. Enjoy watching the boats moor in the bay during the day and the fisherman enjoying the tranquillity at dusk.

Above Alum Bay beach stands ‘The Needles Landmark Attraction’ where you will find a range of attractions, catering facilities, a fully licensed tea room, retail shops and not to forget the Sand shop where you can fill your own shape with a choice of the Alum Bay sands!

Alum bay beach can be accessed on foot via the steps taking you through the picturesque chine or ride the iconic chairlift from The Needles Park.

Colwell Bay is one of many picturesque beaches in West Wight, offering spectacular views back across the Solent to mainland England. It is a small, easily-accessible beach on the north-west coast, with clear, calm waters and gently sloping sand and shingle, making it an ideal beach for swimming.

This is a popular family beach, with a traditional seaside cafe just before you reach the beach, and beach hut shops on each side of the slipway selling everything from ice-creams and snacks to inflatable toys and wet suits. If you are looking to make a day of it you can hire deck chairs and beach huts from the beach shop. On the road down to the shore there is a bar plus if you walk along the sea wall to the left you will find a bistro style restaurant, The Hut.

The beach is down a short road from the main Yarmouth to Totland road, there is a good sized car park with toilets and access for the disabled is good. There would be a lovely walk from here along the sea wall to Totland Beach but a landslip this winter has closed the pathway – updates on its repair will be posted here.

Included in the panoramic views from here across the Solent is the striking Hurst Castle, and just along the Island coast to the right you can spy the former Victorian gun tower of Fort Albert. This is an ideal place to see yachts sailing by on the Solent waters as the gap between the Isle of Wight and the mainland at this point is relatively narrow.