Royal Victoria Country Park


Type:Country / Royal Park

Netley Abbey, Southampton, Hampshire, SO31 5GA

Tel: 023 8045 5157

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

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

​​​​​​​Royal Victoria Country Park is free to enter but car parking fees apply.



  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Large print leaflets available
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Large print leaflets available.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access


  • BBQs for visitors use - Pre book only
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Tearooms, lunch, tea, soft drinks and confectionary. Empire room, 200 max, available for hire. Barbecues for hire.
  • Picnic Site

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing
  • Outdoor children’s play area

Establishment Features

  • Beach / Coast within walking distance
  • Dogs Accepted - Please keep under control and clear up after your dog.
  • Garden / Grounds for visitors use
  • Meeting rooms
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Up to one hour £1.80, all day £4. Season ticket £49
  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted

Specialist Features

  • Cyclists welcome
  • Information Point

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is M27 or A27. Follow brown and white signs.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Netley, then follow sign. Follow sign to rear entrance of park.

Opening Times

Winter (1 Nov 2022 - 28 Feb 2023)
Monday - Sunday08:00 - 17:00*

* Open every day.

Vehicle access:
March to October 8am-9pm
November - February 8am-5pm

October 9:30am – 5pm
November to March 9:30am – 4pm.
April 9:30am – 4:30pm.
May to September 9:30am to 5pm.

Gift shop:
April to September 10am – 12pm, 12:30pm – 4:30pm.
October to March 10am – 12pm, 12:30pm – 4pm.

The Chapel:
October to March Wednesday to Sunday, 10:30 – 5pm.
April to September Tuesday to Sunday, 10:30am – 5pm.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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