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The Fort Victoria Country Park is a 22 hectare (55 acre) park on the edge of Yarmouth, offering seashore and woodland walks,
with fine views across the Solent to Hurst Castle and along the north coast of the island.
The Islandʼs Costal Path runs through the park following the old Military Road that once connected Fort Victoria with Fort Albert.
If nothing else, itʼs a good place to while away a hour or so whilst youʼre waiting to catch the ferry back to Lymington.
Fort Victoria was originally built between 1852 and 1855 as a massive gun battery.
However, within ten years of its construction, rapid advances in technology rendered it redundant, and it was replaced by five newer forts around West Wight.
It remained an Army base, however, up until 1962, being used as a searchlight base, as a submarine mining base, and latterly as a training camp.
It is now home to a Marine Aquarium, an Underwater Archaeology Centre, a Planetarium, a Model Railway, a Café and a number of retail outlets.
One casemate has been restored to something like its original form and houses a 68-pounder cannon on a replica mount.