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Alum bay is well known for its multi-coloured sand cliffs and the area in general leading up to the Needles Old Battery has stunning views across the Solent. The beach is no longer used for bathing.

Local info: on the clifftop there is an amusement park, the Needles Pleasure Park (some say quite an eyesore amongst such beautiful scenery) and Alum Bay Glass where tourists can view glass-blowing.

During the summer season a chair lift takes tourists to the pebbly beach below, where there is a pontoon for boat trips around the Needles, alternatively, a footpath leads down to the beach.

Parking: There is a large car park on the clifftop.

Ferry: The Lymington to Yarmouth passenger and car ferry, Wightlink, takes about 30 minutes to make the crossing to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.

Bus: The number 7 Southern Vectis bus from Yarmouth stops near the beach.

Yarmouth Tourist Information Centre The Quay, Yarmouth (open from April)

For more Information:
Isle of Wight Tourism
County Hall
High Street
Isle of Wight PO30 1UD
Tel: 01983 813813




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Alum bay, Isle of Wight