Victoria Park is a great place to relax and explore.
As you go round the park, use a smartphone camera to scan the QR codes on information panels to access more stories, pictures and trails.
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Our fun park trails will take you to some Victoria Park highlights. All trails take about 30 minutes to do.
For younger children, and anyone who likes trees! Use the map to find some of our rarest and most amazing trees. If you have a pencil or crayon and paper, you can collect a tree rubbing at each stop.
For all ages. Can you find the nine animals hidden around the park? Look for a pigeon, a frog, a dragonfly, a seagull, a squirrel, an owl, a fox, a bat and a hedgehog.
Victoria Park Views trail
For all ages. Since Victoria Park opened in 1878 some things have changed but many have stayed the same. Go to Victoria Park Views to compare past and present.
Suitable for young people and adults. Victoria Park has several memorials commemorating naval personnel and one for people injured at work. Go to Memorials for an illustrated guide.
Gate names – what’s the story?
The main entrances to Victoria Park all take their name from the park’s history.
The closest gate to Portsmouth Guildhall. This imposing building, completed in 1890, was originally known as the Town Hall. It was renamed when Portsmouth officially became a city in 1926.
Emanuel Emanuel (born 1808, died 1888) had the idea of building a ‘People’s Park’ for Portsmouth. Emanuel ran a jewellery business, served as a councillor and in 1866 became one of Britain’s first Jewish mayors. He arranged the lease of land for the park from the government and his firm made a special silver key used at Victoria Park’s opening ceremony.
The closest gate to the Portsea neighbourhood. People began building houses on open ground close to the growing dockyard in the late 1600s. By 1878 when Victoria Park opened, Portsea was a lively, densely populated district and home to many of the people who worked in the dockyard.
Alexander McKenzie was a well-known landscape designer who shaped the overall layout of Victoria Park, with a main avenue, winding paths, a rose garden, ornamental shrubs and trees. Today the design looks quite formal but for its time it was forward-looking and naturalistic.