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 dark sky location accessible by members of the public these sites often have free overnight car parking, sometimes have toilet facilities however never allow overnight camping.


Location has a planetarium offering astronomy presentations projected onto a 180 degree dome.

Tonight's weather forecast

Weather forecast for Yarmouth (1.05 miles away) updated 22/03/17 at 20:01.

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.

Forthcoming events at this location

Stargazing Weekend at Island Planetarium

Friday 24th March 2017 from 20:00pm to Sunday 26th March 2017 12:30pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)


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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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