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The Needles is an iconic landmark that consists of three stacks of chalk, followed by a lighthouse at the end of the formation.

It has a fascinating history dating back to the 19th century when it first gained traction as a popular place for people to visit.

The lighthouse was built in 1859, at the cost of £20,000. It was originally designed by James Walker, and replaced the previous lighthouse that was located on top of a cliff above Scratchell’s Bay.

Since 1994, the lighthouse has been automated.

The overall area has been involved in several conflicts in the past; during the Second World War, the interior of the lighthouse was severely damaged in an airstrike.

This was been fixed in following years, and an electric light was installed in 1946 to keep The Needles both an attractive tourist spot but safe for the public that enjoys it.

Similarly (in close proximity to the area) is the Needles Battery, now owned by the National Trust.

This consists of two military batteries (the old battery and the new battery) which were built to defend the island from enemy ships.

The first was built in the time frame of 1861-1863, and the second was constructed in 1895 due to concerns about the cliff crumbling.

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The Needles Landmark Attraction also features a chairlift which operates between the park and the beach, and offers incredible views.

The Southern Vectis bus company sends open top buses along The Needles Breezer route in the summer, which allows the public to look down to the enticing blue sea below, but also to journey up to the historic Needles Battery.

Amanda Mitchell-Vale (freelance performer who has previously worked at the attraction) said: "A lot of people like to visit the Needles for the views, for photography, and for cultural experiences.

"People enjoy visiting the sand shop, some like the views from the chairlifts, and it’s an ideal day out for families and tourists."

There are other sights to visit as well, such as the famous Marconi monument, commemorating the work of Guglielmo Marconi who, in the 19th century, sent the world’s very first wireless transmission across open water.

Overall, this iconic location has beautiful views while maintaining a complex and interesting historical background for tourists, and locals, to discover.