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“A jewel in the crown” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Royal Victoria Country Park Chapel

Royal Victoria Country Park Chapel
Netley, Netley SO31 5GA, England
44 2380 455157
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Netley
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: This 200-acre scenic park overlooks Southampton Water, offering panoramic views and Netley chapel, which houses an exhibition chronicling the history of a former military hospital.
Southampton, United Kingdom
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“A jewel in the crown”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I am a regular visitor to this Country Park and have to say it represents good value for a visitor as it's a large park with lots of green area's and river views.

Visited July 2014
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Chapel Sessions … Excellent live music at a unique site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This iconic chapel, once part of the Netley Hospital complex, and now all that remains of it, is not only a must see landmark site within the Royal Victoria Country park, but plays host to live music in the 'Chapel Sessions'.
On Wednesday 2nd July the chapel played host to two local family bands, in an 'Americana' themed night. The first time I have attended a Chapel Session, it was a memorable evening with groups 'Paper Train' & 'Woods, Wire & Words' performing their own material.

In an informal, even intimate, near three hour session, interspersed with three breaks, during which refreshments were available, the chapel showed just how good its acoustics are.
Having lived in and around the area all my life, this chapel session added an extra dimension to this very familiar and wonderful building.

Seating for the performance was ample and comfortable, in a mixture of 'in the round tables and chairs' and set rows. My guess was there is room for 100 souls.
Tickets can be purchased either online from the Hampshire County Council website, or on the night, at the door.
This was the first of many sessions I hope to attend here in future, within these very special surroundings.

Extremely helpful volunteer staff organised a raffle, and facilities to purchase cds and related memorabilia.
Highly recommended, both as a visitor attraction for all the family during the day and a magical musical experience.
Believe the next 'Chapel Session' is in October 2014.
Can't wait!

Visited July 2014
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“Lovely views!.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We regularly visit here with our children and grandchildren a couple of times a month.
Beautiful views, the children's parks are great fun, the coffee shop is very good with fantastic friendly staff. The gift shop is very reasonably priced and you can purchase little nature hunts for the children to do around the park.
All in all a great place for days out

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“Great place for space”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The park is a great place for the family, book a barbecue area, or see if there is a camping rally on the rally field. The barbecue area had locked porta loos and fresh water on tap. The park goes down to the Solent so great for ship and boat watching, many seats provided, there are plenty of walks and cycle paths through the trees, a miniature railway run by volunteers weekends and school holidays. There is a cafe and gift shop. Often other attractions like a fairground. The military cemetery and chapel are interesting to visit. Collect a challenge for children to follow from the shop. The shops in Netley are about 20 mins walk, and the railway station and bus stop a little further. Dogs welcome even off their leads, but clear up any mess. A wonderful place fir a family fame of cricket etc.

Visited May 2014
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“Something for Everyone!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

I have admired the view of the Royal Victoria Chapel from the ferry every time I visit the Isle of Wight. This weekend I decided to visit the Country Park and Chapel leaving the island until later in the year. On a warm sunny day the setting is wonderful. Entrance is free but parking charges apply. There is something for everyone - a small stony beach, plenty of green grass for children to run around and have picnics, dog walks and a lovely miniature railway. There is also a café serving hot and cold food and drinks, a visitor information and shop as well as several ice cream vans scattered throughout the park. The best part in my opinion was the chapel itself. Sadly only a fraction of the size it used to be when serving as a hospital but all that remains intact is pretty much as it was left. Tours of the tower are very interesting and well worth the £3 pp giving an insight into life in and around the hospital and the village of Netley. Very interesting for history lovers and a great day out.

Visited May 2014
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