Fort Victoria Country Park

Fort Victoria Country Park

Overview

One of the best vantage points for watching boats, the park has an aquarium & a reptilarium, history of the Sea museum, model railway, and observatory & planetarium.

Visit the Fort's website

What makes it special

  • Watch the sea traffic going in and out of the Solent
  • Visit the Isle of Wight Reptilarium

Hostels nearby

Fort Victoria Country Park

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Map references

OS Map: 196

OS Grid Ref: SZ338898

Lat/Lng: 50.70691, -1.521776

Contact information

Other things to do nearby

Maritime museum

Cowes Maritime Museum

This museum situated in Cowes Library incorporates all aspects of local maritime activity from shipbuilding to sailing.

Beaulieu

Beaulieu

There's lots to enjoy at Beaulieu including the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House, World of Top Gear and the James Bond Exhibition.

theme park

Blackgang Chine Theme Park

Blackgang Chine is an eccentric mix of exciting rides, goblins and fairies, dinosaurs and nursery rhyme characters designed to appeal to the child in all of us.  

Person climbing on a climbing wall

Climbing in Totland Bay

There are various indoor and outdoor climbing walls in close proximity to the Youth Hostel. For something a little different, why not try tree climbing?

cycling

Cycling in Brighstone

Cycle around the whole island in a day on the Round the Island cycle route. The route is clearly marked and will give you plenty of time to enjoy the stunning scenery that the island has to offer.

Studland Beach

Studland Beach and Nature Reserve

One of the UK’s finest beaches and extensive nature reserve. Enid Blyton lived here, so look for Policeman Plod’s thatched cottage!

Walking

Walking and Rambling in Brighstone

The Tennyson Downs walk is an amazing walk with great views across the entire island. Watch out for the rare butterfly resident to the Isle of Wight “the Glanville Fritillary”.

Watersports

Watersports in Brighstone

Go up to Cowes - the home of UK sailing. From here you can do whatever sailing course you want, you can even sail around the whole island!

Walking a dog along a coastal path

Walking and Rambling in Totland

The hostel is surrounded by National Trust land and footpaths galore. Footpaths go north to Yarmouth, south to Lord Alfred Tennyson's Monument on the Tennyson Trail, east to Freshwater Bay and west

Watersports

Watersports in Totland

Totland Bay and Freshwater Bay provide surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding and coasteering. Colwell Bay is great for kite surfing and at Compton Bay you can go surfing.

New Forest Water Park

New Forest Water Park

Set in 50 acres of beautiful countryside, the park is a great place to try waterskiing, wakeboarding or you the inflatable banana and tyre rides.

New Forest

New Forest Tour

See the New Forest National Park like never before! Enjoy grandstand views on an exhilarating, open-top ride through pretty villages and magical landscapes, passing wandering ponies.

Cycling in forest

Cycling in the New Forest

There are over a hundred miles of way-marked cycle routes in the New Forest which offer safe cycling for all the family (maps are available at the hostel).