Photo: Mark Fosh

The former royal retreat and summer home for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert gives visitors an personal glace into Queen Victoria’s family and home life. By far Queen Victoria’s favourite residence, Osborne House has paintings and artefacts galore for you to investigate. You can tour the nursery and private rooms of Victoria and Albert, as well as the bedroom where Queen Victoria died in 1901. The house paints an intimate portrait into some of Britain’s most beloved royals.

A must-see on your tour of Osborne Houseis the Dunbar room, an Indian dining hall created in order to commemorate Victoria’s place as Empress of India. Marvel at the ivory carvings and rich decorations that cover every surface of this splendid room.

Get a breath of fresh air as you explore the grounds with stunning views that overlook the Solent and the mainland and see why Victoria said that it is “impossible to imagine a prettier spot” than Osborne. You can even take a horse and carriage ride around the grounds!

Explore the gardens that showcase Victorian walled gardens, arches of Victoria plums and hothouses bursting with exotic flora! Kids will enjoy the model fort and Swiss Cottage, which were designed by Victoria and Albert to teach the royal children about running a household and to keep them down to earth.

Make sure to stop by for one of the picnic-style concerts that take place throughout the summer on the lawn of the main house. If you can’t tear yourself away, stay in the holiday cottage on the grounds, which gives you access to the grounds and the Osborne Estate’s private beach!

 

York Avenue, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6JX
Tel: 01983 200022
Times: See attraction for specific times.