Royal Victoria Country Park was once the site of the world’s largest hospital, now only the iconic chapel remains
The Royal Victoria Hospital was built in 1856 and served the British military for over a century. As the British Army’s first purpose built hospital, Royal Victoria was a unique and ambitious project which would help change the face of the medical world.
The chapel is all that remains of the quarter mile long hospital and is home to our interesting heritage exhibition which gives people the opportunity to learn all about the history of the military hospital and see photographs and relics from the site's fascinating past.
The Chapel conservation works
Thanks to grants from Hampshire County Council and Heritage Lottery Funding, the Park’s historic buildings and heritage have been restored. The project included conservation work to the original façade of the chapel and the removal of the 1980 extension. There is a new pavilion to the side of the chapel with a kiosk, toilets and offices, providing facilities for the chapel to host music and cultural events in the evenings. Around the park are points of information explaining the size of the hospital and its historical significance.
The project was completed in the summer of 2018; the chapel now offers public access all year round, five days a week - including the tower and gallery.
The 150ft tower of the Royal Victoria Chapel is a historic landmark that has stood over Southampton Water since 1856. It offers breath-taking panoramic views across Royal Victoria Country Park, the Solent and beyond.
Now, following a major conservation project, you can climb the 109 steps to the top of the Tower and marvel at the spectacular views.
Thanks to the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Hampshire County Council have completed a major conservation and restoration project which has seen the Royal Victoria Chapel returned to its Victorian splendour.
All income generated through Tower Visits support the running costs of the Royal Victoria Chapel.
(Over 60’s and student. Student ID may be required)
(2 adults & 2 children)
Carers free when accompanying a paying visitor