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About Fort Victoria

Fort Victoria in Yarmouth was built between 1852 and 1855 as one of a series of defences constructed to protect the western end of the Solent.

The sea facing structure is all that remains of Fort Victoria and it now houses several small attractions and facilities, apart from one section that still has a Victorian cannon.

The attractions at Fort Victoria are privately owned and operated so have their own individual opening times and prices.

Fort Victoria beach is a stretch of unspoilt natural coastline with excellent rockpooling and fossil hunting opportunities.

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Isle of Wight Reptilarium

Choose to visit the Isle of Wight Reptilarium and Terrapin Sanctuary at Fort Victoria and marvel at amazing reptiles and invertebrates.

They have 30 different species to discover, from snakes and lizards to snails, frogs and cockroaches!

The Island Planetarium

The Island Planetarium at Fort Victoria offers a fun and fascinating virtual journey through time and space in their immersive Astrodome 360 star-theatre as well as astronomer led talks and night sky sightseeing.

In The Robert Hooke Society Exhibition before your show, find out about this great Island scientist and inventor, born in Freshwater in 1635 and surveyor of the City of London after the Great Fire. Physicist, astronomer, geologist, engineer and inventor/developer of the universal joint, and many mechanisms in daily use today.

Full details of The Island Planetarium shows, times and prices can be found on the website. Pre-booking is required.

Fort Victoria Country Park

Fort Victoria Country Park lies in 22 hectares of woodland and landslip with peaceful woodland walks alongside stunning sea views across the Solent.