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.

Lottery Grant for Conservation Works

Lottery funded

The Park’s historic buildings and heritage will be restored thanks to £3.1 million from Hampshire County Council and the Heritage Lottery Funding. The project will include conservation work to the original façade of the chapel and the removal of the 1980 extension. A new pavilion will be built 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 will be points of information explaining the size of the hospital and its historical significance.

When complete, the project will enable public access to the chapel all year round, six days a week - including the tower and gallery.

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