Fort Victoria (Isle of Wight)
|Sconce Point, Isle of Wight, England|
|Fort Victoria's Casemates. The brickwork in the foreground shows the foundations of the former barracks.|
|Owner||Isle of Wight Council|
|Yes. Home to museum and attractions.|
|In use||1855 - 1969|
Fort Victoria was a single tier battery with defensible barracks west of Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, England. It was built in the 1850s, later used as a submarine mining centre and training area for military purposes.
Fort Victoria Country Park
The fort can now be visited in its role as a country park. The linear park follows the coastline, and has spectacular beaches and soft cliffs. The old military road to Fort Albert runs through the wooded upper cliff area. It is now a part of the Isle of Wight coastal path.
Fort Victoria is the Isle of Wight's largest and most popular country park, owned and managed by the Isle of Wight Council, it has several attractions in the old fort buildings including a marine aquarium, a planetarium, a café, the Underwater Archaeology Centre run by Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology, a model railway layout display; and the ranger base from where in the summer months, educational visits are operated by the countryside rangers. The Fort provides easy access to the beach, (although swimming is not advised in the fast-flowing channel). There are excellent views of the Solent, Hurst Castle and passing shipping.
- Fort Victoria website
- Isle of Wight Council Countryside Service, including Fort Victoria pages
- Fort Victoria Marine Aquarium
- Island Planetarium
- Underwater Archaeology Centre
- Victorian Forts data sheet