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Royal Victoria Country Park

Country / Royal Park

Netley Abbey
SO31 5GA

Tel: +44 023 8045 5157

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Royal Victoria Country Park

Once the home of the biggest military hospital in the Victorian Empire, this 200-acre site is now ideal for relaxation and leisure.

Offering fantastic views across Southampton Water, Royal Victoria Country Park is a great place to watch the busy shipping coming in and out of Southampton. The park’s ancient woodlands, large open spaces, boardwalks and ponds offer something for everyone.

There are a number of picnic areas throughout the site and family BBQ areas can be hired. The Café in the Park serves a wide variety of hot and cold food and children will love taking a ride on the miniature railway or burning off steam in the picturesque, fully accessible play areas.

The iconic Chapel is currently undergoing a major refurbishment programme, thanks to £2.68 million investment from Hampshire County Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Visitors will be able to discover the fascinating history of the site, which has links to Florence Nightingale and Queen Victoria, in an exciting new exhibition and take tours to the top of the chapel tower. The grounds will have artistic interpretation and information boards that will demonstrate the size, length and importance of the hospital in both local and national history.

There is an exciting programme of events and activities taking place throughout the year – please see our Facebook page or website for more information.

Royal Victoria Country Park Reviews (from Google)

Average rating 4.6/5 from 8 reviews

  • Love this place. We live about 10 miles away but will make the effort to drive here to walk our dogs. The mixture of woodland and open spaces is perfect. We also attend the caravan rallies held there in summer. Lovely to wake up in such beautiful surroundings. Park is well kept and clean. Also has great facilities for families. 
    Sandra, 2017 - 5 stars
  • Great park, the playground is fabulous and there are lots of great little trails. You only pay for parking. Wonderful spot for a picnic and a bit of a ramble! Dogs are welcome.
    Sophie, 2017 - 5 stars
  • Great county park with loads of space, friendly staff and good facilities. Clean toilets too. Our young son loves the play park and miniature railway! 
    Stuart, 2017 - 5 stars
  • Regular dog walker to the park. One nice days of best to get there early - especially for walking the dogs. Opening times differ in summer and winter. Great facilities for food and families and an ideal place to hire a BBQ site. This history of the site is wonderful too - my favourite place in Southampton!
    Helen, 2017 - 5 stars
  • Lovely place to go for a walk! Plenty to do for all the family, has large open spaces or secluded wooded areas. There is a kids playground, a tea room selling hot / cold drinks and food, a miniature railway and a beach front. Has a fair bit if WW1 and WW2 history as it was the site of a hospital for injured troops in WW1, there is a military graveyard at the back of the park (well worth a visit). Very popular with families and dog walkers. Close to Netley railway station and public transport.
    Matthew, 2017 - 4 stars
  • Only cycled through, but as my first day touring the UK hadn't been going well it was exactly the reminder I needed that this is a lovely island.
    Jon, 2017 - 4 stars
  • Great place to walk the dog or take the kids, pleanty of open space and the beach is nice although it's a stone beach. There is a park for the kids and a ride on train, parking prices aren't too bad, and there is a cafe and a shop.
    Daniel, 2017 - 4 stars
  • Fantastic outdoor space, especially when the weather is good. The centrepiece is the chapel of the former hospital which is current frozen mid-renovation due to the company doing the work going bust. There are miles of walks in the woods and along the beach - be sure to check out the cemetery in the woods too.
    Ryan, 2017 - 5 stars

Opening Times

Winter (1 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018)
Summer (1 Mar 2018 - 31 Oct 2018)
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Park admissionFree

Parking charges
Monday to Sunday
• Up to one hour only £1.80
• Over one hour £4.00
• Season tickets £49 pa available from the gift shop
You can buy parking tickets and book all Royal Victoria Country Park events for the year at the gift shop

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