Isle of Wight Reptilarium

Isle of Wight Reptilarium, Yarmouth: Hours, Address, Isle of Wight Reptilarium Reviews: 4.5/5

Isle of Wight Reptilarium
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Isle of Wight Reptilarium and Terrapin sanctuary is a small Licensed Zoo set in the brick Arches of the old Victorian Gun Casemates at Fort Victoria Country Park with FREE PARKING. Explore the four themed rooms featuring Reptiles, Amphibians and Invertebrates in just over 30 displays. There is a Desert Room, Rainforest room, Nocturnal Room and Turtle temple. - The turtle temple houses our Pond which provides a sanctuary for unwanted pet terrapins. The Nocturnal room, where day is night and night is day so grab one of our explorers torches to spot our night time creatures in the moonlight. The gift shop is well stocked with reptile themed gifts, fossils and gemstones and on the wall you will see our Fossil art trail mural by local artist Tony Trowbridge depicting what was living off the coast of Fort Victoria some 30 million years ago! The Reptilarium has all day entry so a visit is best enjoyed alongside exploring the country park and beach plus other attractions.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Matthew G
6 contributions
Nice place
Jun 2021 • Family
The little reptilarium is a fab little place with a surprising amount of animals. The different tanks for each reptile has great little info panels and there’s a couple of displays about the island - the archeology one was a big fan.

You can go through the whole place in under an hour, but to really appreciate the info you might want more. Given the size of the the place there’s a lot, but for a little kid (like ours) there needed to be more interactive things to keep her really

Lovely gift shop also.
Written 25 July 2021
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Lil tindal
1 contribution
cool turtle cuh
Oct 2020
good cool turtle man would go again, hidden gem of the isle of wight EPIC TURTLES YAYYYYA , cool birthday
Written 3 November 2020
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:) glad you enjoyed your visit
Written 16 February 2021
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laneypops83
London112 contributions
Entertaining Turtle!!
Oct 2020 • Couples
Great rainy day activity. Highlights were an attention seeking Chameleon, a shy ghekko, and am entertaining turtle who went for a swim.
Written 28 October 2020
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:) glad you enjoyed the visit
Written 16 February 2021
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Dais
London, UK32 contributions
Hidden gem
Oct 2020 • Couples
We visited this lovely place on a rainy afternoon. Entry was only £5 an adult. (family ticket 2 adults 2 children £15) We were greeted promptly, a few quick pointers and were wished a good visit. The first room is full of tailor made enclosures perfect for the inhabitants. There were plenty of hides, natural features and even an extra “explorers hat “ box. Despite being full of enrichment and hides the animals were visible, all looked so well loved and happy. The second room was the desert
room. A huge range of different animals all with concise and interesting information attached. Next was the huge terrapin pool. So well decorated. so many beautiful terrapins to see, all swim up to greet you. The final room is the nocturnal room. We loved this concept. It is mimicking night time for those creatures most active at night. Again there were so many enclosure to look at all with so much information attached. The gift shop was really reasonably priced with lots of stock. There were interactive educational boxes on route round too!

This lovely attraction is clearly run and created with so much love. The animals welfare is at the forefront and this is so evident in the displays and enclosures. There is so much to see and read. Such a bargain !

We spent around an hour looking round. There’s lots of fun to be had looking for some of the more skilled hiders in the tanks. All the enclosures have benches so smaller guests can see onto the tanks. there was only one enclosure that we were unable to see the animal inside.

This attraction is so worth supporting. Staff are lovely and unlike some zoos, the animals are the clear priority. It isn’t a full day out but they display some reptiles/animals you wouldn’t see elsewhere. Most importantly lots of these animals are rescued and are clearly enjoying their second chance at life!

There is a lovely cafe near by and a few small shops. It is situated on the beach along side a beautiful woodland walk.

This could be incorporated into a fantastic day out. Expect to see lizards, snakes, frogs, terrapins, spiders, insects and so much more ! We have come over from Brighton and would look to come back over to visit again with family.

For anyone worried about COVID there were strict guidelines on this. the number of guests per room was clearly stated and there is room to keep your distance.
Written 24 October 2020
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Wow Thank you for such a lovely review , sorry for the late response we havent had much time to check trip advisor over the winter what with all the lockdowns! this review has made our day, thanks for appreciating all that we try to achieve in the reptilarium :)
Written 16 February 2021
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Tony F
Ventnor, UK99 contributions
Really nice small attraction
Sep 2020
Even though we have lived on the island for over 10 years this was our first visit to Fort Victoria and the Reptilarium. We found it very interesting and spent time reading about all the reptiles housed there. It was also fun trying to see some of the exhibits as they were so well camoflaged. Great addition to spending time at Fort Victoria. We will definately look to take our grandchildren with us next time thay are visiting.
Written 12 September 2020
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Thank you :) we look forward to seeing you again. Thanks for taking the time to enjoy our exhibits
Written 21 September 2020
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Puzzler16
Isle of Wight, UK57 contributions
Needs Investment
Aug 2020 • Couples
Having read previous reviews I thought I would give it a go. The entrance fee was modest and the full tour took an hour. The dimmed nighttime section was so dark you couldn't see anything. Without using our mobile phones to spot the reptiles this section is wasted. It would benefit from a visual TV presentation about the reptiles. The written cards are insufficient. That aside, we got some nice videos of some of the reptiles. The staff member was very friendly and helpful.
Written 5 September 2020
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Thanks for the visit, sorry to hear you felt it needed investment, The Reptilarium was opened 4 years ago at our own personal expense as a project to provide sanctuary for the Terrapins. Every year we try to add a bit more and make improvements as we go, this year for obvious covid reasons we havent been able to, as this year has been solely about surviving the pandemic financially. Normally in the Nocturnal Room there are torches available to assist in spotting the animals but we have had to remove them this year again due to covid, although if you do allow your eyes a little time to adjust it is possible to spot the animals. Believe me we have spent many many hours adjusting the level of the moonlight Blue Lamps so they are dim enough to allow nocturnal activity and just bright enough to allow viewing, if they are too high the animals dont think its night time. Regarding a TV Presentation, we have thought about this but made a conscious decision that we dont want the Reptilarium to be "digitally enhanced" in any way, in this age our children spend every moment in front of a device, watching a you tube channel, hunting imaginary monsters with an app on a phone, so we want the reptilarium to be a place where you can digitally detox the kids for an hour. There is written information on every exhibit, we have the explorer mission cards printed on recycled card for kids to run around exploring looking for the animals by following the clues on the cards, we have the dig for fossil box, leaf litter box etc so we want it to be a tactile experience rather than watching a TV screen experience as there are so many options available on you tube these days for people that want that.
Written 6 September 2020
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Tara C
Winchester, England, United Kingdom8 contributions
Great couple of hours
Aug 2020
AS a reptile lover this is a good place to go.
Very small and not there long but worth it to see the reptiles.
Written 30 August 2020
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Thank you :)
Written 6 September 2020
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MummycarleighB
16 contributions
Small but great for a rainy day
Aug 2020 • Family
Great for somewhere to go on a rainy day, but as others have said - it really doesn’t take very long.
Feeding the turtles is the best bit.
The fort itself has a strange shop and a cafe (we didn’t go into) there are lots of walks and it is on the coast.
Written 25 August 2020
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Thanks for the review, try us on a sunny day too as then you can explore the beach and the forest. I hope you liked the strange shop :)
Written 26 August 2020
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CarolynHerb30
Newport, UK13 contributions
Lovely interesting attraction and value for money
Aug 2020 • Family
We visit the Reptilarium regularly to satisfy my snake-loving son's obsession! Personally I love watching the terrapins bumble around in their special sanctuary and feeding them is good fun too. It's so great that they have all been saved from such a terrible fate. The rooms of this interesting building are beautifully decorated and the owners are lovely and very informative. It is one of the few places on the Island that does not charge a ridiculous fee in return for an underwhelming experience; it is worth every penny. Well worth a visit when combined with a trip exploring the rest of Fort Victoria.
Written 25 August 2020
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Thank you, we believe we have the cost vs experience balance right and your review confirms it :)
Written 26 August 2020
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PLF90
4 contributions
Great
Aug 2020
A great little place, well worth a visit.

Although you wouldn't spend all day in the reptilarium, when combined with the beach/BBQs/cafe/other attractions here it is easily a whole day out. The very reasonable price reflects this. Parking is free.

My children enjoyed it very much and covid 19 requirements were followed. We'll be back :)
Written 25 August 2020
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Thank you for the review, we look forward to welcoming you back :)
Written 26 August 2020
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