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Osborne House

East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6JX

Osborne House

East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6JX



Discover the intimate world of Queen Victoria at Osborne House

Osborne House was built for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a private holiday home. It was designed by Prince Albert and built by Thomas Cubitt in Italianate style. Many of the rooms have been preserved and unaltered since the death of Queen Victoria, here in 1901. Osborne reflects Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's passions, tastes and style. Ornate furnishings and artefacts from The Royal Collection fill rooms and corridors where Victoria entertained heads of state, inventors, princess and princesses and ruled the vast British Empire. The Durbar Room, added in 1890 when the Queen became Empress of India, now houses an exhibition of Indian gifts. Set among terraced gardens with stunning views over the Solent, Osborne House offers an intimate insight into the lives of the Victorian Monarchy.

Osborne House also has a Garden:

Osborne House (Garden Section)

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10 'Must Do's' on the Isle of Wight by Greg Cook

"The Isle of Wight’s architectural jewel and one of the most historically important stately houses in Britain, while on the island a visit to the former royal residence of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert is a must. Situated in East Cowes and commanding a perfect view across The Solent, the house was originally designed by Albert in the style of a traditional Italian palazzo and used as a bolthole by the couple from which to escape the turmoil of court. Built by Thomas Cubitt, many of the rooms have been left unaltered since Victoria’s death in 1901 and a visit here provides a fascinating insight into the life of one of Britain’s most famous queens, during the happiest time of her reign."

Information on Osborne House , East Cowes ,

Opening Times: 28 Mar to 30 Sep, Daily 10:00-18:00. 1 Oct to 4 Nov, Daily, 10:00-17:00. 2 Nov to 15 Nov, Sat & Sun, 10:00-16:00. 16 Nov to 1 Jan 16, Wed, Sat & Sun, 10:00-16:00. Closed 24-26, 28 Dec & 1 Jan 16. 2 Jan to 14 Feb, Sat & Sun, 10:00-16:00. 15 Feb to 19 Feb, Daily, 10:00-16:00. 20 Feb to 24 Mar, Sat & Sun, 10:00-16:00. If in doubt please refer to the English Heritage website.
Admission: Member Free, Adult £11.10, Child (5-15 years) £6.70, Concession £10.00, Family (2 adults, 3 children) £28.90
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (Dogs on lead are now allowed in certain areas of the Osborne estate)
Location: One mile south east of East Cowes.
Facilities: Parking Availability, Restaurant, Shop

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Posted on by Jo MCustomer visited Sep 2012

Jo M

On a beautiful day you can`t beat strolling around the wonderful grounds of Osborne House. Drink a welcome glass of fresh lemonade down by the sea, taking in the view of Queen Victoria`s bathing wagon. Fabulous! Make sure to explore all the gardens as you find surprises hidden all along the way... Like the Swiss house that was built for the children to learn life skills in, like cooking and embroidery. The kitchen garden there is still going strong. The house itself is magnificent and awe inspiring in it`s grandeur and maintenance. Every aspect of the house divulges yet another astounding view of the coast and countryside. Our tip don`t rush it! Take your time to really feel and embrace the magic of this place. It really is rather special.

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