Fort Victoria Country Park is the Isle of Wight’s largest and most popular country park, owned and managed by the Isle of Wight Council. Fort Victoria is a country park, a beach, a heritage attraction and much more. The historic fort now houses attractions including a cafe, an archaeology centre, a planetarium, a reptilarium and a model railway. Nearby are coastal walks with outstanding views of the western Solent.
A popular beach for angling and dog walking, dogs are allowed on the shore here all year around. The Country Park featured on the Good Dog Campaign’s list of the top 10 favourite dog walking spots in the UK in 2006. Note that when the tide is up, the beach is inaccessible, but there are nice walks inland too so whatever the tide you will enjoy your visit. There are fixed BBQs to use for free, and a grassy area to play in.
The park has a long beach, which is close to the fort, car park and facilities. The sea wall and beach is popular with fishermen and visitors who enjoy watching the passing yachts and boats. The Country Park is an excellent place to watch the annual Round the Island Race. Swimming is not advised due to the fast-flowing currents.
The shore at Fort Victoria has a reputation as one of the Island’s best for beach-combing especially for fossils amongst the shingle with crocodile skin and turtle shell being regularly found. Sconce Point is popular amongst Island birdwatchers for its seabird passage in the spring and autumn.