Isle of Wight
Telephone: 01983 761553
Inside the unassuming sounding Fort Victoria is a family adventure waiting to happen, hiding a top Marine Aquarium, comprehensive Sea Bed Archaeology Exhibition and an amazing Model Railway which weaves through miniature towns past things like the circus and the fairground! Some of the railway’s functions rely on small fingers pressing the right buttons so there is an element of interactivity, but it’s also fairly mesmerising to just stand and watch!
The Aquarium concentrates mainly on the native fish and invertebrate life found around the Isle of Wight from graceful rays to fearsome spider crabs.
An entirely separate section offers up some tropical reef inhabitants too, including venomous Lionfish, bizarre Seahorses, Pufferfish, Boxfish and Clownfish!
Plus the Astrodome 360 Star Theatre is their built in planetarium offering amazing indoor stargazing and simulated moonwalks! There are also space related science displays and a super modern exhibition to have a good nose through, with loads of interesting things to study.
Countryside Rangers are often able to offer guided walks of the surrounding seashore and woodland too, offering your family greater insight into Victoria’s natural wonders. You can of course however just explore on your own!
A family friendly refreshment point, Verdi’s Cafe, is also available, but there's parkland nearby too if you don't mind toting the picnic basket.
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It may be worth checking out Fort Victoria's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.
We do strongly suggest you contact Fort Victoria before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.
Island Planetarium showtimes vary.
Railway opening times vary seasonally. Spring and early summer, open 10.30 - 4.15.
The Aquarium is open from 10am to 4.00pm daily.
Prices & Admission
Fort Victoria Ticket £10.00
Entry ticket £3.60
Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £12.50
Children under 5 are free
£3.50 per person.
Planetarium show fees vary.
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