Fort Victoria Country Park & Planetarium

Island Planetarium, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0RR, South East

Location description

The car park at Fort Victoria is open to the public and an easily accessible observing site with dark skies and good cover from local light pollution.

The country park is also home to the Island Planetarium run by enthusiastic local astronomers. The planetarium is open every day during the summer -- during winter stargazing events are held on evenings and weekends. A fantastic place to venture if holidaying on the Isle of Wight.

Location event organiser

West Wight Stargazing Group organises stargazing events at this location.

Dark sky discovery site

Designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site this location is accessible by members of the public and are officially recognised as excellent places to stargaze. Such locations often have free overnight car parking, some have toilet facilities however rarely allow overnight camping.


This location has a planetarium offering astronomy presentations projected onto a large curved screen or dome.

Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a semi-rural setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

Dark site
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

When to stargaze at Fort Victoria Country Park & Planetarium

This location's semi-rural setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

Stargazing events at this location

There are no known forthcoming events at this location. Previously there have been 19 events with the last one being on 21st March 2019 organised by West Wight Stargazing Group.


When to visit

The best time to visit Fort Victoria Country Park & Planetarium can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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