Royal Victoria Country Park
The Royal Victoria Country Park covers 200 acres and is alongside the shores of Southampton Water. There are excellent views of container ships and cruise liners making their way along the along the river.

From 1863 until 1966, the site was home to the Royal Victoria Hospital, in its day it was the largest military hospital in the world. The building was about a quarter of a mile long with 138 wards housing about 1000 beds. It had its own pier to receive ships bringing back war casualties, however this was impractical as the water was not deep enough for ships to berth alongside and in 1900 a railway line was constructed and patients arrived by ambulance trains direct from Southampton docks.

All that remains of the hospital is the chapel, which acts as a heritage centre providing the history of the hospital. Tower Tours take place every Sunday throughout the year. The park also has a miniature narrow-gauge railway on the site which runs for around 1 mile.
Park open all year - daily, 8am - 9pm (5pm in winter)
Prices are for a Tower Tour, normally held every Sunday afternoon.
Netley Abbey, Southampton SO31 5GA |
Tel:023 8045 5157

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The Royal Victoria Country Park covers 200 acres
Miniature narrow-gauge railway on the site which runs for around 1 mile
Southampton Water
Some excellent views on the Tower Tour
Follow the brown tourist signs from junction 8 off the M27 or A27.
Netley train station is 20 minutes walk away.
On site
Cedar Tea Rooms next to the Heritage Visitor Centre.
The central area of the park and all facilities are accessible. Only the far corners of the park are not fully accessible. There is an automatic door leading into the tea rooms. Ramp leading to the beach. Two accessible toilets; the one by the Tearooms can be opened with a RADAR key at all times The Disabled Play-Area has now been fully integrated with two new sections of equipment. Wheelchairs are available for people to borrow from the Park Office or the Netley Chapel.
 Royal Victoria Country Park
The Chapel is all that remains from the demolition of the Royal Victoria Hospital in 1966. Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale are said to have worshipped here.

Below: The hospial c1910