Bembridge Fort and Downs

An unrestored Victorian fort set on dramatic chalk cliffs and open downland with coastal views

Bembridge Fort and Downs

Our work

Two people walking down a tunnel in Bembridge Fort on the Isle of Wight

Take a tour of Bembridge Fort

Open only for guided tours, let our volunteers bring this fort to life. Built in 1860s and going through a restoration programme, tours offer you a rare chance to see inside this historic building.

Bembridge Fort and Downs

Things to see and do

Walking trails

Bembridge Fort and Downs

What's on

Upcoming events

Yaverland Sandcastle Competition

Mon 05 Aug 2019
Pit your wits and creative skills against the elements for the 'Last Castle Standing' competition or use your design skills to create a spectacular sand sculpture in our 'Design' competition.
Bembridge Fort and Downs


A green dome which is part of an Allan Williams turret from Bembridge Fort on the Isle of Wight

The history of Bembridge Fort 

Built at a considerable cost for a non-existent invasion, but called into action in both World Wars, and then left abandoned, Bembridge Fort has had a varied past.

Walkers walking up Culver

The Yarborough Monument 

How does the name Yarborough link to the tallest monument on the Isle of Wight at Culver Down to Newtown and a game of bridge? Discover more about this grand memorial near Bembridge and Culver Downs.

Bembridge Fort and Downs

Places to stay

Bembridge Fort and Downs

Get involved

Aerial viewof the Needles Headland, Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Association 

Find out more about how you can join the Isle of Wight Association, and support the work of the National Trust.