Royal Victoria Country Park

Park facilities

Hire of Acorns Education Facility

This is a multi-functional room which can be hired by schools and groups as an optional extra for a small charge. The daily rate is £30 which is a special subsidised rate for schools/groups. It is a light and airy room a short distance behind the main office building with a small outdoor seating area. The room can be used for meetings but is ideal for school and group activities, and is particularly useful during wet weather where children can eat their lunch. Toilets are outside the building and steps lead into the room. The room is not wheelchair friendly. This room must be booked separately through the Park Office. Standard terms and conditions for room hire apply. For further information, please contact 02380 455157. There is no charge for using the room to store bags or eat lunch.

Heritage Visitor Centre

This iconic building is all that is left of Britain’s first purpose built and largest military hospital of the day, it now houses the Park’s Information Centre, shop and interesting exhibition about the rich heritage of the site. Group leaders should be aware that members of the public will still be allowed into the exhibition area during school visits and therefore any noise should be kept to a minimum.

Gift Shop

We welcome groups into our shop which offers an extensive range of gifts and souvenirs. It is recommended that if your students would like to visit the shop, they do so in small groups of no more than 5 and let us know in advance. Contents subject to availability.


Toilets are located next to the Cedar Tea Rooms and in the Heritage Visitor Centre. There are also separate toilets if you decide to hire Acorns Education Room. Please closely supervise all children in your care when using these facilities.

Cedar Tea-rooms

The tea rooms are managed by Wise Catering. Children’s lunches are available from the Tea-rooms but will need to be pre-booked in advance through Wise Catering, tel 02380 439280. Children however can bring their own packed lunches. Catering can also be ordered through the hire of Acorns Education Facility at time of booking. Terms and conditions apply.


The play-areas are owned and managed by the Park and are inspected each day. Children in your care must be supervised at all times within these areas.

BBQ Areas

There are a number of purpose built BBQ areas for hire by groups around the Park. These areas need to be pre booked in advance. None of these areas are covered areas. Contact us tel 02380 455157. These areas are not to be used by schools for picnics.

Picnic Areas

There is a designated picnic area where schools/groups can eat their packed lunches near to the Round Car Park. Unfortunately, this is not a covered area. Alternatively, schools can use the main or lower fields for a picnic if not in use for events. Schools are not allowed to eat their food on the patio area outside the tea-rooms. Schools can if they wish enter our waste free lunch competition, please ask for more information at your pre visit.


Please put litter within the bins provided. Litter bins are situated within all car park areas.

Ice Creams

Ice Creams are available from the tea-rooms or kiosk near to the Cedar Tea Rooms which is only open during very busy periods in the summer such as weekends and bank holidays. There is often an ice-cream van present outside the Heritage Visitor Centre during school holidays and weekends where ice-creams can be purchased.

Ride the Railway

The site has a miniature railway which covers over a mile of park. A ride on the railway at the end of your visit would be a great way to end a visit to the Royal Victoria Country Park. An additional charge will apply and visits must be pre booked with the Railway’s Owner Mr. Pete Bowers, tel 02380 456246. Please inform us if you would like to use this facility as time must be planned into your visit.