Fort Victoria was a single tier battery with defensible barracks west of Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, England, built in the 1850s, later used as a submarine mining centre and training area for military purposes. For other uses see Yarmouth. Yarmouth is a Port and Civil parish in the western part of the Isle of Wight, England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland
The larger barrack blocks were demolished in 1969, but the sea-facing casemates were not, and this is now all that remains of the Fort.
The fort can now be visited in its role as a country park. A country park is an area designated for people to visit and enjoy recreation in a countryside environment The linear park follows the coastline, and has spectacular beaches and soft cliffs. Through the wooded upper cliff area runs the old military road to Fort Albert. Fort Albert (Map Reference SZ 330 890 is a tower fort nestling under the cliffs west of Fort Victoria on the Isle of Wight, England. The path 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; and the ranger base from where, in the summer months, educational visits are operated by the countryside rangers. The Isle of Wight is an English Island and county in the English Channel between three and five miles (8 km from the south coast of the A country park is an area designated for people to visit and enjoy recreation in a countryside environment The Isle of Wight Council is a local council It is a Unitary authority covering the Isle of Wight, South East England. A marine aquarium is an Aquarium that keeps marine plants and animals in a contained environment A planetarium is a Theatre built primarily for presenting educational and entertaining shows about Astronomy and the night sky or for training in Celestial navigation The Underwater Archaeology Centre is a museum and educational facility located in the Maritime Heritage Centre at Fort Victoria on the Isle of Wight.
The Fort provides easy access to the beach, (although swimming is not advised in the fast-flowing channel) and excellent views of the Solent, Hurst Castle, and passing shipping. The Solent is a stretch of Sea separating the Isle of Wight from the mainland of England. Not to be confused with Hearst Castle, a resort built by wealthy newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.