Fort Victoria | Day Out With The Kids

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Fort Victoria

1 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)
  • Yarmouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Aquariums, Museums and Art Galleries, Railway and Transport Attractions

Attraction Information

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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Opening hours

Island Planetarium showtimes vary.

Railway opening times vary seasonally.

Spring and early summer

Monday to Sunday 10:30 - 16:15

The Aquarium

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00


Fort Victoria Ticket: £10.00

Aquarium Entry ticket: £3.60

Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children): £12.50

Children under 5: Free

Railway: £3.50

Planetarium show fees vary.

Travel & Contact Information


Westhill Lane, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0RR, England

Phone number

01983 761553



Click here to visit Fort Victoria's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

No, there are no toilets available.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Fort Victoria has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant.

Fort Victoria has not told us if they are fully wheelchair friendly.

Fort Victoria has not told us if they are fully pushchair friendly.

Fort Victoria has not told us if they are dog friendly.


No Aquarium 1 out of 5 stars

“day out with kids” website states there is an aquarium at Fort Victoria, there hasn’t been an aquarium there for four years!

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