Rich in history, with a small beach and miles of open fields, Royal Victoria Country Park is a hidden gem on the South Coast.
The park is very flat and has a network of pathways, which makes it ideal for pushchairs and wheelchairs. The open fields are perfect for picnics and ball games in the summer. The beach offers an alternative walking experience and is as popular in the colder months as it is in summer.
What is now an idyllic country park was once the scene of a bustling military hospital. As the British Army’s first purpose-built hospital, Royal Victoria was a unique and ambitious project that changed the face of the medical world. All that remains of the hospital is the Chapel. There is a permanent exhibition in the Chapel and visitors can take tours of its tower, which offers splendid views for miles around. The Chapel can also be hired for special occasions, such as weddings. Further into the park is a cemetery with hundreds of commonwealth war graves, mostly from the First World War.
Play Area and Railway
The play area can be found near the café and has several fully accessible pieces of equipment. This includes special seating for wheelchair users on the zip wire. A miniature railway operates out of the park and runs along a 1-mile scenic route.
Sensory Garden and Pond
Engage the senses in the sensory garden, built to delight through sight, sound and smell in a tranquil setting. Sophie’s Pond can be found near the entrance to the park, where you can sit quietly and watch the many ducks.
The park offers a year-round calendar of events, which includes music, theatre, nature trails, history talks, children’s entertainment and festivals.
Food and Drink
In the café you will find a range of delicious cakes, lunches and snacks, as well as hot and cold drinks. There are picnic tables outside where dogs are welcome with their owners. BBQs with space for between 20 and 100 people are available for hire. A kiosk and an ice cream van provide treats, snacks and drinks.
The shop is where you can buy gifts, games and toys and dog treats. This is also where you can purchase event tickets and find out more information about the park.
|Winter (1 Nov 2019 - 28 Feb 2020)|
|Monday - Sunday||08:00||- 17:00*|
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