Royal Victoria Country Park

Southampton

Type:Country / Royal Park

Netley Abbey, Southampton, Hampshire, SO31 5GA

Tel: 023 8045 5157

Royal Victoria Country Park

About

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.

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

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

Facilities

Accessibility

  • 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

Catering

  • 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

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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)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday08:00 - 17:00*

* Open every day.

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

Cafe:
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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