Victoria Park Portsmouth

Welcome to the People’s Park

Revitalising Victoria Park

Introduction to the project

Victoria Park has been at the heart of Portsmouth for over 140 years. Created in 1878 after the old naval city walls were demolished, it turned farmland into a people’s park – an open green space for those living in cramped conditions in Landport and Portsea.

The park has stood as a witness to over a century of change in Portsmouth and beyond, sometimes getting caught up in events and often providing sanctuary within its gates.

In December 2021, following extensive local engagement, we were awarded £2m of National Lottery Heritage Funding to restore and revitalise the People’s Park.

Thanks to Lottery players, from Spring 2022, we will use the heritage of Victoria Park as the central theme to create a more inclusive space where local people can improve wellbeing, increase learning and access new opportunities. We will uncover, restore and celebrate the park’s heritage. With new buildings and infrastructure sympathetic to the park’s landscape and history, we will enhance people’s lives and build a community within the park.

Throughout the website we invite you to explore our plans and become part of the project.

Funding the revival

How did we achieve lottery funding?

To get National Lottery Heritage funding we had to show our commitment to:

  • Our community  –  by making sure the park is welcoming and inclusive for all and supports the wellbeing of park users
  • Our heritage  – by protecting and telling the stories of the park’s history
  • Our environment  – by celebrating and safeguarding the natural landscape, ecology and wildlife of the park

All our ideas and plans had to meet the following criteria

  • Does it blend well with what’s already there and add to the atmosphere of the park?
  • Does it continue to provide for current users while also attracting new visitors in?
  • Does it support people’s health and wellbeing?
  • Will the changes have a positive effect on the park’s nature and the wider environment?
  • Will it build a sense of community?

If you would like to help us shape the future of Victoria Park please get involved with the project.

Find out how here

The People's Park

Latest News

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The People's Park

Map of the park


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    Adventure Playground

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    Rose Garden

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    Woodland Area

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    Nearest Bus Stops

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    Nearest Train Station