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Royal Victoria Country Park

 

The Royal Victoria Country Park comprises some 200 acres of mature woods and grassy parkland overlooking Southampton Water.

 

115 Bird species have been recorded in the park, and 51 of these have been credited with breeding status.

 

25 Species of mammal, 4 reptiles, 3 amphibians, 30 species of butterfly and 134 species of fungi have been recorded.

 

The park is dominated by Netley Chapel, all that remains of the great Royal Victoria Hospital, built in 1863 as the main military hospital of Great Britain, treating casualties from both World Wars. The Chapel hosts a Heritage Centre which depicts the history of the Hospital from Florence Nightingale to D-Day.

 

Also within the park are the Cedar Tea Rooms, Gift Shop, Park Offices and a miniature railway train providing rides during weekends and school holidays.

 

On the outskirts is Sophies Wildlife Pond, the Military Hospital Cemetery and  Netley Police Training Centre.

 

The Solent Way long distance path runs along the seaward extremity of the park, providing a superb vantage point for viewing the many ships that pass through Southampton Water. All the biggest cruise ships such as lndependence of the Seas, QM2, Aurora, MSC Opera and Celebrity Eclipse can be seen at regular intervals going to and from their berths in Southampton Docks. 

 

Park Events:

 

October

 

21st - 31st   -   Skating in the Park

21st - 31st   -   Halloween Horror Trail

30th              -   Apple Day

 

November

 

1st - 2nd      -   Skating in the Park

1st - 2nd      -   Halloween Horror Trail

8th                -   Firework Night

16th              -   A Cemetery Walk

22nd             -   And We Were Young

29th              -   A Park Walk

 

 

 

 

For more information regarding  Park Events - Go to Hantsweb

 

For Opening Times - Go to Hantsweb

 

Snowman  in Park April 2008
Cedar Tea Rooms & Park Offices
Miiniature Railway
Bluebells in Spring