River Hamble Country Park

About River Hamble Country Park

Whether you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of a historic shipwreck, experience a mindful moment in the outdoors or you’re after a fun activity for little ones to enjoy, River Hamble Country Park’s 356 acre woodland has something for you. Let the fresh air and stunning surroundings of Southampton’s hidden gem envelop you as you explore, play and relax.

With woodland, riverside and open space, River Hamble Country Park has a wide variety of environments to explore. So, you can take a gentle ramble in the countryside or hop on your bike and race along a trail and enjoy the beauty of Hampshire’s countryside.

Wander around River Hamble’s stunning and immersive woodland where, if you look closely, you may be lucky enough to spot some of the local wildlife. From skylarks to reptiles, River Hamble is home to a variety of different creatures.

No matter what time of year you visit, you’re sure to be wowed by the vibrant wildflowers and plants that change from season to season. Visitors are also welcome to bring their four-legged friends who’ll love discovering the ancient forest, running through the open fields and taking a dip in the river.

The park is working to preserve nature’s beauty and combat climate change through their café, The Barn. A selection of eco-friendly materials were incorporated into the structure, including timber taken from the park itself.

The Barn’s electricity and heating runs using solar power that is generated by 90 roof solar panels, ensuring that every step has been taken to protect the environment. Pop in to discover more about the Barn’s climate friendly design and ethos.

HMS Cricket

During your day of exploration of the woodlands, you may notice some of the historical remains of the HMS Cricket. Here, crews from the 1944 D-day landings lived and took part in regular training. Over 100 buildings once stood here, housing up to 2,500 men, including accommodation, a hospital and even a cinema.

The Grace Dieu

During medieval times, the impressive Grace Dieu stood as one of the biggest vessels of the time. Despite only making one journey before being destroyed by a lightning strike, the Grace Dieu was an incredible example of construction in the 1400s. Amazingly, you can still see the wreckage of this famous vessel.

Sculptor Richard Janes designed the natural play area at Barnfield to incorporate elements of the Grace Dieu. He was inspired by the form of the triple clunker hull of the ship and used three overlapping planks to recreate this piece of local history.

Guests are welcome to explore a trail leading to the pontoon where they’ll find a selection of QR codes that dive a little deeper into the history of the Grace Dieu.

Park opening hours
Nov to Feb: 8:30am to 5pm
Mar to Apr: 8:30am to 7:30pm
May to Aug: 8:30am to 8:30pm
Sept to Oct: 8:30am to 7:30pm

The Barn opening hours
Nov to Mar: 10am to 4pm
Apr to Oct: 10am to 4pm

Parking charges apply
Up to 1 hour: £2.50
Up to 2 hours: £4.50
Up to 4 hours: £6
Full day: £7

Why should I visit?

    • Walking – With 400 acres of woodland, riverside and open space, it’s the perfect place to savour Hampshire’s stunning scenery.

    • Wildlife – Discover River Hamble’s abundant wildlife, an array of wildflowers, insects and reptiles.

    • BBQs – Hire a BBQ for a celebration, social gathering or just to make your visit extra special.

    • Dogs – Let your dog stretch its legs in our dog-friendly exercise field or pamper them at our dog wash.

    • The Barn – Once you’ve finished enjoying the crisp country air, enjoy delicious pastries and cakes in The Barn.


Assistance dogs allowed
Baby changing facilities
Disabled access
Disabled parking available
Dogs accepted
On site parking
Suitable for ages 12 and above
Suitable for ages 3 and above
Suitable for ages 5 and above
Suitable for ages 8 and above
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Where to find us


River Hamble Country Park
Pyland’s Ln
SO31 1BH

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River Hamble is half a mile from Junction 8 off the M27, between Portsmouth and Southampton. Navigate to Pyland’s Lane and follow the road through the park to the signposted car parks. If you’re using a sat nav to find your way to the park via the postcode, please use SO31 1BH and look out for brown tourist information signs to guide you in the right direction.

Kids activities

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  • Barnfield play area – Let your little ones loose in the play area, inspired by the Grace Dieu shipwreck.

  • Watersports – Enjoy the scenic stretches of the River Hamble with a variety of watersports, such as kayak or stand-up paddle board.

  • Crabbing – Bring along a bucket and crabbing line to see shore crabs up close from the pontoon at River Hamble Country Park.

  • Manor Farm – Nestled inside the Park, Manor Farm is home to a wide variety of animals and an expansive indoor play barn.

  • Open space – With 400 acres to explore, let your kids play while you enjoy the fresh air.

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