Victoria Park Portsmouth

A vibrant and rich history


Exploring the past

Victoria Park was created in 1878 following the removal of the town fortifications, the council leased the land from the Ministry of War to create Portsmouth’s first public park.

Having commissioned a leading landscape architect, Alexander Mckenzie, the area was transformed from open scrubland to a beautifully cultivated park with open lawns, promenades, flowers and trees in absolute contrast to the cramped conditions of Portsea and Landport.

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Portsmouth City Council, the project will preserve the heritage of Victoria Park and ensures its stories are remembered into future generations of the people of Portsmouth.

Watch an introduction to the heritage of Victoria Park here. Commissioned from Trash Arts Community Productions.

Click the tabs below to learn more about different aspects of the park’s heritage.

Post Wars

Two World Wars

The Centenary Fountain

Mckenzie’s landscape


Route of the old city fortifications

Memorials in Victoria Park

Get involved in the people’s park


Your memories of the park

All history is part of the park’s heritage. We want to collect the personal histories of the park. We want photos, stories, audio and video clips. To take part, send your photos to us on facebook, or email us at

Did you know?

The bandstand in Victoria Park was an original feature of the park but audiences were not allowed to dance while enjoying the music. At one time they even considered removing the bandstand as it encouraged too many high spirits among the ‘larrikins’ and plain clothes police were sent in to monitor the crowd. In 1922 dancing was finally allowed, 44 years after the park first opened – just in time for the Charleston craze which swept the world from 1923.

Image courtesy of Portsmouth Museums

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