Fort Victoria, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
Built on the north shore of the Isle of Wight to guard the Solent the remains of Fort Victoria now an Underwater Archaeology Centre, 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.
Why not stop for lunch at Verdi’s Cafe whilst looking out over the Solent, then get back to the rest of the fun that the park offers.
The best of it all is the FREE on site parking! Each attraction is a very short walk from your car.
Island Planetarium – Visit the website
The Island Planetarium offers a fascinating journey through time & space; stimulating your imagination & mind, in our astrodome theatre & exhibition. This man-made Universe will take you places you have never been before, from the surface of the Moon to the depth of outer space in our ASTRODOME 360 STAR-THEATRE.
Make sure you leave time to explore the various space-science displays and exhibition dedicated the great scientist/inventor Robert Hooke, born in Freshwater in 1635.
Fort Victoria Model Railway – Visit the website
The railway has been at the Fort for the past fifteen years, but under new ownership for only five years. The layouts have been completely altered although the controls of the Continental trains are still by computer programme. A new British layout is under construction, and this will be run by an infra-red system.
Sunken Secrets – Visit the website
The Sunken Secrets exhibition gets you closer to fascinating underwater finds from around the Solent. From famous shipwrecks to submerged landscapes, there’s something for everyone.
Stimulate your senses through artefact displays, videos, interactive games and activities.
Hear about the unfortunate ships that have been claimed by the treacherous seas around the island.
Learn about how maritime archaeologists do their job.
Find out about a lost land beneath the Solent.
Discover the intriguing history of Fort Victoria as a coastal battery, a sea mining depot, a base for military power boats and the soldiers who served there.
Island Planetarium Opening Times and Prices
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
Shows every hour between 11.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m.
During term times, shows cannot be run when we have pre booked until 3.45 p.m. each day
School holidays, first show at 10.30am and every 45 minutes until 3.45 p.m. each day
Adults – £4.00
Children (5-15) – £2.50
Students – £2.50 (students MUST have valid ID)
Concessions – £3.25
1 Adult + 1 Child – £5.00
Prices above are for Planetarium shows and exhibition ONLY; all other events and shows are different. Prices are subject to change during the year.
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Fort Victoria Model Railway Opening Times and Prices
Spring and early summer open daily 10.30 a.m. to 4.15 p.m. – Trains stop running at 3.30 p.m. – Shop and exhibition closes at 4.15 p.m
To avoid disappointment it would be advisable, if you are travelling any distance, to telephone 01983 761553 to ensure we are open. It has been known for emergencies to occur.
Children 0 – 3 years – Free
Adults 3 – 93 years – £3.50
93 years and over – Free
Please call for party rates
Fort Victoria Sunken Secrets Opening Times and Prices
1st April 2014 until 2nd November 2014 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.
Adults – £3.50
Children (over 5 years old) – £2.00
Senior/Student – £3.00
Family (2 adults & 2 children) – £8.00
Additional Child – £1.00
Free entrance to registered disabled and carers, members of the CBA, YAC members and The Friends of HWMTA
Visitors spend an average of twenty minutes to an hour in the Sunken Secrets exhibition.
By combining your trip with the other attractions at Fort Victoria you can plan a full day out.