Fort Victoria

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Built on the north shore of the Isle of Wight to guard the Solent the remains of Fort Victoria now house a Marine Aquarium, a Sea Bed Archaeology Exhibition, a Planetarium and a Model Railway. The surrounding Country Park offers Seashore and Woodland walks and the site is one of the best vantage points for watching the Solents boats and shipping. The Forts attractions together with the availability of a Countryside Ranger to give guided walks of the seashore and woodland make Fort Victoria an excellent interesting and educational visit for school groups and any visitor to the Isle of Wight who wants to combine leisure with education.

TypeOverall vote
Model railway:5.9/10
Science museum:4.9/10
Aquarium:7.8/10
Country park:6.2/10
Walk:7.6/10
Popularity rank: #2917
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Isle of Wight, South East England, Wessex, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
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Fort Victoria Marine Aquarium, Fort Victoria Country Park, Fort Victoria Underwater Archaeology Centre, Island Astronomy, Fort Victoria Archaeology Centre, Island Planetrium, Fort Victoria Model Railway, Fort Victoria Planetarium

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Fort Victoria Model Railway

It is now part computer run, part digitally controlled, most of the layout is still of the continental style. An English flavoured layout, including a fairground & circus.

Opening times ( April - October):
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
10:00 - 15:3010:00 - 15:3010:00 - 15:3010:00 - 15:3010:00 - 15:3010:00 - 15:3010:00 - 15:30

Opening times (November - March):
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
10:00 - 15:30--10:00 - 15:3010:00 - 15:3010:00 - 15:3010:00 - 15:30

Prices:
AdultChildOAPFamily (2 Adults and 2 Children0
£2.95£2.25£2.25£9.00

Fort Victoria Marine Aquarium

Built into the remains of a Victorian fort guarding the north western shore of the Isle of wight our tanks contain a fascinating selection of the fish and invertebrates which are found in our local sea and on the seashore. Most visitors are amazed that the murky waters of the Solent can contain so many fascinating creatures. As a bonus our last room, contains some of the stunning inhabitants of tropical reefs.

Prices:
AdultChild (5-15)OAPFamily (2 Adults and 2 Children)
£2.50£1.50£2.20£7.00

Fort Victoria Planetarium

This man-made Universe is produced by a central projector, which throws the image of the heavenly bodies onto the screen dome. Computer controlled video and slide projectors add virtual-reality impact, creating a breathtaking experience.
Before or after the show, make sure you leave time to explore the various space-science displays,space art and computer simulations in the exhibition area. This year, there is a new permanent exhibition dedicated to the work of the great scientist/inventor Robert Hooke, who was born in Freshwater in 1635.

Prices:
AdultChild (5-15)AOPFamily (2 Adults and 2 Children)
£4.00£2.00£3.50£11.00

Fort Victoria Underwater Archaeology Centre

Come to the Underwater Archaeology Centre at Fort Victoria to learn about the fascinating local maritime heritage. Hear about the unfortunate ships that have been claimed by the treacherous seas around the Island. Learn about the work of maritime archaeologists and the Lost Land that has been discovered beneath the Solent.
Discover all this through artifact displays, videos, interactives and much, much more. Follow Professor Archie O'Logy's Porthole Trail to become an Archie-ologist. There is something for all the family!

Opening times:
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
11:00 - 15:0011:00 - 15:0011:00 - 15:0011:00 - 15:0011:00 - 15:0011:00 - 15:0011:00 - 15:00

Prices:
AdultChildOAPFamily
£2.20£1.10£1.80£6.00

Fort Victoria Country Park

Fort Victoria Country Park occupies 20 hectares of woodland and landslip on the North West shore of the Isle of Wight. There are peaceful woodland walks alongside stunning sea views across the Solent. The Park is used fossil hunters and those who just want to walk or sit and enjoy the atmosphere.

Opening times:

Never closes

Prices:

Free

Directions

How to get here

Bus

No. 15 ‘West Wight Tour’ via Yarmouth – Fort Victoria – Calbourne – Brighstone – Brooke – Freshwater Bay - Yarmouth

No. 42 ‘Needles Tour’ via Yarmouth – Freshwater Bay – Alum Bay – Needles Battery – Alum Bay – Totland – Fort Victoria - Yarmouth

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