Located adjacent to Southampton water you can still visit the old ruins of the original Abbey and another popular attraction is the Royal Victoria Country Park.
Originally the park was the site for Netley Royal Victoria Military hospital built in 1856, the foundations laid by Queen Victoria in front of 11,000 people and in World War I treated over 15,000 patients and World War II over 68,000. The injured troops would be transported by ship from the war zones via train directly from Southampton docks; you can still see some of the railway lines in the car park. Following the war in 1966 the original main structure was demolished due to a significant fire in 1963. The hospital still treated psychiatric patients till 1978. However the original building known as ‘the chapel’ still remains and is now a museum dedicated to the history of the Military hospital. Within the grounds there is also the Netley Military cemetery; here soldiers from both world wars (including prisoners of war) and families who worked in the hospital and park are buried. The officers' building known as ‘The Mess’ was converted into a range of luxury apartments and houses. In 1979 the Military hospital was purchased by Eastleigh Borough council and in 1980 became open to the public and known as is today: - the Royal Victoria Country Park. Netley is a historic village with Netley Train station running into Southampton central and also Fareham town and Portsmouth, bus links run to the city of Southampton and many now cycle to work in Southampton due to its close proximity. There are a range of properties available, many period in particular Victorian and include starter homes, apartments, family houses and developments such as ‘Ingleside’ built in the 1980s and individual bespoke properties located on the coastline with panoramic views across Southampton water.