Alum Bay

About 50 minutes from park

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Alum Bay, Totland Bay

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About Alum Bay

If you’re craving a day at the seaside, you’ve definitely come to the right place! The Isle of Wight is teeming with glorious coves where the whole family can paddle, play, relax and soak up sensational views. Alum Bay on its most westerly tip is perhaps its most beautiful beach, plus it’s only a stone’s throw away from the world-famous Needles.  

What is there to do at Alum Bay?

The Needles Alum Bay is one of the Isle of Wight’s most iconic sights and it’s made up of several limestone stacks which jut out from the sea and help shelter the area. The cliffs around the bay are particularly eye-catching due to their vibrant colours which are also reflected in the pebbles and sand on the beautiful beach below. On hot days, Alum Bay is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a refreshing dip in the calm, crystal-clear water. If the weather is cloudy, visit the region for a spectacularly scenic walk and to gaze out across the Solent. The bay is also directly below The Needles Park where you’ll spot a number of attractions, including:

  • The Needles chairlift, which sweeps down over the cliff to Alum Bay.
  • Alum Bay Glass where you can watch glass blowers create beautiful objects out of the local sand and pick up some wonderful gifts.
  • The Dino Jeep Safari and other exciting rides that are ideal for kids who need to let off some steam!
  • The Isle of Wight Sweet Manufactory that’s been making delicious treats since the 19th century.

Alum Bay souvenirs

If you want to take a piece of your time at Alum Bay away with you, don’t just fill up your camera roll with brilliant photos! You can also visit the Alum Bay sand shop where you’ll be able to fill a bottle or unique object with sand from the beach. Sand gifts have been a tradition in the region since the 1860s when Queen Victoria was presented with some of the Alum Bay coloured sand on an official visit.

How to get to Alum Bay

Alum Bay is a 30-minute drive from Newport along the B3401 and B3399. If you’re travelling from Yarmouth, it’s just 15 minutes south west along the A3054 and B3322. Park up at The Needles Car Park and then reach Alum Bay by foot through the dramatic chine (seaside ravine). Alternatively, you can hop on the chairlift at The Needles Park which sweeps you all the way down to the beach while providing you with jaw-dropping views of the sea and cliffs.

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