Royal Victoria Chapel – Uncovering the stories of the Royal Victoria Military Hospital

Royal Victoria Country Park opened the doors to its chapel on Wednesday 1 August following a £3.5 million refurbishment

Aug 8 2018

RVCP chapel

The historic chapel is all that remains of the British Army’s first purpose built military hospital and the exciting £3.5 million Heritage Lottery Fund project has seen the restoration of the original Victorian interiors, the creation of a new exhibition, visitor facilities and outdoor information points.

Visitors can now explore the unique military past of the site and walk in the footsteps of the patients, doctors and nurses of the once vast and imposing Royal Victoria Military Hospital.

You can see a special preview in our short video

If you have a head for heights, the tower of the Royal Victoria Chapel offers perfect views across the surrounding Hampshire countryside. On a good day, you can see across to the Isle of Wight, Southampton docks and can even spot the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.

Visitors can also marvel at the newly painted ceiling and conserved stained windows from the chapel balcony, which is being opened up to the public for the very first time in many years.

The Royal Victoria Chapel stands on the edge of Southampton Water and is an iconic local landmark, with its impressive tower rising 150ft to an elegant domed cupola.  The Royal Victoria Hospital was opened by Queen Victoria in 1863 and served the British military for over a century, stretching for a quarter of a mile along the shoreline. As the British Army’s first purpose built hospital, the Royal Victoria was a unique and ambitious project which would help change the face of the medical world.

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