Marconi’s Licensed Tea Rooms

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. Little now remains of Marconi's experimental stations, as the hotel and masts have long since gone, however a monument to him stands on the cliff top within the park and information lecterns provide a detailed history of radio, Marconi and the role played by Alum Bay.

With a warm welcome awaiting you in our 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.

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