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Palmerston Park

Image of summer flowering in Palmerston ParkA Green Flag award winning park, Palmerston Park is possibly the most seen of the central parks, being the only point where the parks actually meet the busy Above Bar Street. This provides the most obvious entrance into the parks for many people new to the city. This is a densely planted area, with the main planting theme being “Ericaceous” or acidic soil loving plants such as camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and “witch hazels”. It is much loved especially when it is in full bloom in the spring. We have added Hydrangeas and various summer flowering bulbs to extend the flowering season into the summer.

Among this iconic garden sits the Viscount Palmerston Memorial. This is the statue of former Prime Minster the 3rd Viscount Palmerston. It stands seven feet high on its plinth and is made of white marble and granite. It was erected by public subscription and unveiled by the Earl of Caernarvon on 2 June 1869 four years after Palmerston’s death in 1865. He was MP for South Hampshire for many years.

The rhododendron planting is continued along the long border on the eastern boundary which forms the backdrop to the Bandstand.

The Bandstand was built as a result of public demand and was completed in 1999. The original cast iron bandstand erected in 1885 was sited further to the north of the park and was removed in 1940 as a result of bomb damage was. Its site is marked by an impressive stand of rhododendron easily viewed from New Road.

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Features in Palmerston Park

1. Viscount Palmerston Memorial

Image of Palmerston MemorialThe statue of the 3rd Viscount Palmerston is seven feet high and made of white marble and granite. It was erected by public subscription and unveiled by the Earl of Caernarvon on 2 June 1869 four years after Palmerston’s death in 1865. The sculptor was Thomas Sharp of London. Palmerston lived at Broadlands, Romsey and was MP for South Hampshire for many years. He was also a burgess of Southampton and is best remembered as a reforming Prime Minster and jingoistic Foreign Secretary.





2. Bandstand

Image of bandstand Palmerston ParkAs a result of public demand a new bandstand was completed in 1999. The original cast iron bandstand removed in 1940 as a result of bomb damage was erected in 1885.






Images of Palmerston Park

Image of bandstand in Palmerston Park

Bandstand

Image of bandstand Palmerston Park

Bandstand

Image of Cambell's Magnolia in Palmerston Park

Campbell's Magnolia near the Above Bar entrance to the park

Image of Palmerston Park planting

Image of Palmerston Park

Image of Palmerston Park

Image of Palmerston Park

Image of Palmerston Park bedding

Display bedding along Above Bar Street

Image of Viscount Palmerston Memorial in Palmerston Park

Viscount Palmerston Memorial

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  • 0800 519 1919
  • Parks and Street Cleansing (RL) Southampton City Council, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LY