A mile or two east from the centre of Southampton is Royal Victoria Country Park. The beach at the park offers a stunning view of cruise liners before they pass Hamble Point. Covering over 200 acres, it is one of the most scenic and delightful areas of South Hampshire, providing an ideal day out for all the family.
The park is firm favourite, due to its attractive parkland and woodland, and seashore overlooking Southampton Water. There’s lots to do, including a miniature railway, story trail, play area, tearooms, BBQs for hire and plenty of walking routes. Plus there are loads of seasonal events with something bound to suit you.
Royal Vic was once the site of the world’s largest hospital, of which now only the iconic chapel remains. Due to Heritage Lottery funding, the chapel is currently undergoing restoration work. Opening in summer 2018, the plan is to uncover the history and hidden stories of this important building.
The park is open every day. Entry to the park is free.
The car park is open 8am-9pm (March to October) and 8am-5pm (November to February).
Up to one hour £2
Up to three hours £3
Full day £5
We offer an annual parking pass for £60.
Dogs are welcome in the country park.
The park is largely accessible to users of wheelchairs and pushchairs. All our buildings are fully accessible and there are accessible toilets next to the café. Most of our paths are flat and smooth, and a ramp allows access to the beach. Our children’s play areas contains fully accessible equipment.
Wheelchairs are available to borrow. Guide dogs are welcome in our buildings. Some locations require access via a RADAR key, which can be obtained from the park office.
Please don’t feed bread to our ducks! We have a family of ducks who live at Sophie’s Pond and they’ve become quite fond of bread, which is bad for their health. The bread also attracts rats. Ducks love healthier alternatives like seeds, lettuce and peas instead. Thank you!