Needles Cruise
  History
In 1897 Guglielmo Marconi established the first wireless station at Alum Bay, Isle of Wight. In August the following year, Marconi was invited by Queen Victoria to demonstrate his equipment aboard the royal yacht, he amazed his audience by contacting the royal home at Osborne House from the Alum Bay wireless station.

The coloured sands of Alum Bay have been a tourist attraction as early as the 18th century, also a favourite spot of Alfred Lord Tennyson, who is remembered by the nearby Tennyson Down. Children used to climb the cliffs to collect the sands, which they then placed in layers in glass lighthouses (the cliffs are now out of bounds).


No trace of the pier now remains but for many years Alum Bay had a pier 370 feet long. Regular visits were made by paddle steamers

from Yarmouth and on the pier was a cafe, gift shop and a small restaurant. It was badly damaged by a storm in 1927.

 
  Dates & times
Easter till October from 10.30 daily.
 
  Location
Number 7 bus from Yarmouth to Alum Bay. Streetmap Website
 
 
 
 
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