Royal Victoria Country Park
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The Royal Victoria Country Park is a country park in Netley, Hampshire, England, by the shores of Southampton Water. It comprises 200 acres (81 ha) of mature woodland and grassy parkland, as well as a small shingle beach.
All that remains of the hospital is the chapel, which acts as a heritage centre providing history of the hospital. It also has a 150-foot (46 m) viewing tower, providing views over the park, and across Southampton Water to Hythe, and on a clear day, as far as Southampton itself.
The site also has a park office and tearooms. The building housing this was built using 100 different timbers from around the UK and British Empire. It was originally built in 1940 by the YMCA for entertainment, recreation and relaxation for staff and patients at the hospital.
The park can be reached on foot via a footpath from Netley Station, or there is ample car parking on site.
In January 2014 it was announced that a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £102,000 would be used for restoring the chapel and reveal more detail of the former hospital.
- "£102,000 will help uncover secrets of old hospital site". Southern Daily Echo. 2014-01-03.
- Royal Victoria Country Park information from Hampshire County Council
- Information on the park from the Netley Abbey site
- Royal Victoria Railway