Royal Victoria Chapel
Royal Victoria Chapel
4.5
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Following a National Lottery Heritage Fund restoration and conservation project, the Chapel has been restored to its original beauty and includes a new exhibition that is FREE to enter. The Chapel was once the centre of the vast Royal Victoria Military Hospital, which served the soldiers of the commonwealth from 1863 until 1966. Visitors can also climb the 150 ft tower and take in the amazing 360 degree views for a small admission charge, find out about the stories of people who worked here and the patients who were treated at the former military hospital, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery in our new Chapel refreshments area.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Nassrin C
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
What a beautiful place. I've lived in Southampton for 15 years and never knew the fascinating history of this place. The chapel is all that remains of the vast military hospital that stood on the site of the Royal Victoria Park. Visit to learn all about daily life at the hospital and the many visits by hospital patron Queen Victoria. It's also well worth the small fee (£3.75 ish) to go up the tower - I promise there's no view of the Solent that rivals it. Be sure to look out for the ladder when you get to the top and ask your guide to tell you about it.

The staff are some of the loveliest, kindest and most knowledgeable people I have ever encountered in a museum, and especially a free one. If you're interested in learning more, they have so many stories to tell that you won't find on any of the displays and will happily chat one-to-one. As I was leaving, the lady on the desk also reminded me to visit the cemetery which is a short walk from the chapel. So glad I did - such a beautiful and moving place.

Thanks to everyone at the Chapel for making my visit a memorable one. I don't think there's a better free attraction in the area.
Written 22 March 2023
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CMeadws
Newquay, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We enjoyed a very interesting browse around the hospital exhibition in the chapel which is free of charge. For a small fee we were escorted up the tower where there are stunning views of the surrounding area. Our lovely guide Ita was very informative and made our visit here an absolute pleasure.
Written 15 October 2022
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Richard h
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
rip off car parking charges. £7.00 for 2 hours 20 mins. Payment machines go sllow and some not working.
Written 5 June 2022
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sarahcK781SR
Weston super Mare, UK451 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Very historically interesting. Little museum inside , helpful staff. Big area outside to walk and picnic.
Written 24 September 2021
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blueminimum
Hereford, UK83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Very interesting medical display in this former chapel which is the only remaining building of the huge hospital accessible to the public. Free entry.

For a fee you can go up the tower to enjoy the view.

Toilets and cafe
Written 12 July 2021
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Julia P P
Portsmouth, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
How lovely to keep the building in use although I was unable to gain entry because I had dogs.

It is extremely sad that it is the only part of the military hospital remaining after it was all lost to fire because in its time it was the largest building in the country at the time.

It was a quarter of a mile (435 m) long, had 138 wards and approximately 1,000 beds, and was Britain's largest military hospital.

The Royal Victoria Military Hospital at Netley was not only England's biggest building, but also its "largest palace of pain", according to a 1900 report. Set on the shores of Southampton Water in Hampshire, it was created in response to the Crimean war, and designed to serve an empire.
Written 3 July 2021
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KevinTobin467
Bicester, UK214 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Interesting displays. Came away feeling so much more could have been made of the fantastic building and history.
Experience was also spoilt by the loud insensitive instructions to two volunteers by the “Ex Sergeant Major “ He was also condescending to visitors as he hadn’t got time to show them round as “He had to keep an eye on the volunteers.”
Written 9 June 2021
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Karen W
Netley, UK199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Free to enter, climb the tower unfortunately there are no lifts so not for people with health problems. It's full of history of the hospital which has just been revamped, there is a new cafe and the garden outside has been recently designed. Opened by the Countess of Wessex, there is a plaque commemorating her visit.
Would recommend a visit.
See the tower where the grey lady throw herself from. A nurse who either gave a patient too much of a drug and he died, so over come with grief climbed the tower or she was waiting for her love, who was away fighting, he was killed, she three herself from the bell tower to be with him again. Or it could all be made up you decide....
Written 22 October 2020
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Julia1987
Southampton, UK16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Couples
We tried to book our wedding at Royal Victoria Chapel as they were advertising that after the refurbishment they were doing events. Brilliant. It’s so unique and the park holds a special place in my heart as a local, my grandparents used to bring me here often.

However we never actually got to meet their events coordinator. After TWO failed meetings where we showed up and the staff there were not expecting us, we sadly had to give up.

The lovely volunteers did their best to show us around and explain as much as they could about the ceremonies, but we felt that ultimately, if the events team could forget to meet with potential clients twice, then they shouldn’t be trusted with our big day.

I did send one final email, expressing some disappointment, and never received a reply. Shame.

This review reflects our dealings with the events side of the chapel only. The building itself is rich with history and architecture, and the volunteers really make it shine.
Written 2 August 2020
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Zare
Southampton, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
Beautiful building sitting right in the middle of the a lovely country park.
We all really enjoy our visits here.
Written 16 February 2020
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