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The Isle of Wight has been a premier United Kingdom holiday destination for many years, housing numerous exciting attractions and spots of natural beauty. From picturesque coastal walks to action-packed adventure parks, the island boasts a truly diverse selection of things to see and do. One of the most enticing attractions on the island sits on the north coast, at the Fort Victoria Country Park. Located just outside Yarmouth, the park is close to some of the best hotels on the Isle of Wight.
The site of the Country Park has a rich history. The main complex is built within a former military fort, which was constructed in the 1850s to protect the precious waters of the Solent. Seeing action throughout the 19th Century and playing a role in both World Wars, the fort is now serving a more peaceful function, as a centre-piece to the Victoria Fort Country Park.
Inside the fort is a range of activities. Visitors can choose from the marine aquarium, planetarium and model railway. One of the main attractions is Sunken Secrets, an underwater archaeology centre.
The fort is set in sumptuous surroundings, meaning visitors will be keen to explore beyond the indoor attractions. Elsewhere on the park, there are plenty of coastal and woodland walks. There's even a country ranger on hand to offer guided walks. There's ample free parking on the site, and a café for refreshments.
Located in the West of the island, there are plenty of exquisite hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs near the Victoria Fort Country Park. The park is just a short way outside of Yarmouth, a small and charming village that capture the island's laid-back and friendly atmosphere. The village offers quaint streets, a range of independent shops and pubs, and a regular ferry service to Lymington and Keyhaven, on the mainland. The Bugle Coaching Inn offers a traditional and welcoming accommodation choice.
Visitors whose idea of a seaside getaway is more beach-centric than harbour-centric can head to the south side of the island, just a short way to Freshwater Bay.