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Osborne House

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Address: East Cowes PO32 6JX, England
Phone Number:
+44 1983 200022
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Former retreat for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (circa 1845) still...

Former retreat for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (circa 1845) still retains a large collection of the royal couple's possessions, art work and photographs. Also home to the Swiss Cottage for Victoria's children, and the private beach and bathing machine.

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had a lovely day

this is one of the nicest stately homes I have been to. sometimes they can be drab. This is so different, colourful and seems more welcoming

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karen m
Leeds, United Kingdom
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

this is one of the nicest stately homes I have been to. sometimes they can be drab. This is so different, colourful and seems more welcoming

Thank karen m
Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited last weekend having travelled from the Vale of Glamorgan. The sign on the gate said OPEN, so in we went. As we walked towards the payment desk we were given a lovely leaflet describing everything we would experience: Step inside the royal apartments it says - we tried to but they were closed; Take an intimate glimpse into... More 

Thank Mandy C
Walsall, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited in February when only the ground floor was open for visitors.Never the less this was crammed with beautiful furniture,paintings and many knowledgeable guides who kept us informed of happenings etc during the reign of Queen Victoria. A very worthwhile and interesting visit.The house is set in beautiful well maintained grounds

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting to visit Queen Victoria and Prince Albert family home as seen in films and recent TV series. Durbar room extraordinary. Sorry that as not yet March we couldn't visit the rooms upstairs too (fortunately we're English Heritage members but for those who aren't there wasn't a seasonally discounted price). Was lovely and sunny so could imagine what a... More 

Thank RiddiSue
Province of Valencia, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Osborne House is the ideal place to have an insight into the UK's greatest monarch Queen Victoria. As Empress of India, Victoria filled her home at Osborne House with many treasures that were gifted to her. 2017 marks the 70th year since the Independence of India, so when you are on the Isle of Wight it is well worth a... More 

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Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning interior ,richly decorated ,guides very informative unfortunately the upstairs was closed for the winter ,nice sea view & large gardens to explore

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Lloydminster, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

what a lovely easy place to get to by red funnel ferry you could easily be on foot to the terminal east cowes then walk to the house from there if you are agile but very duable ....this is worth every penny but you need to go early and line up cause we arrived at 1030 and had to wait... More 

1 Thank rlmptl
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped of here for the afternoon prior to catching our ferry home. Lovely place to visit. We still paid full price despite only the ground floor being open. The swiss cottage was closed but we had a lovely walk around the grounds and nice things to see in Osborne House itself. Would like to come back in "peak season"... More 

Thank lucycrook
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we arrived it was such a beautiful sunny morning decided to walk down to see Swiss cottage as we had never seen it on our number of visits before but on paying for our tickets costing £33 for the two of us wasn't made aware that the cottage was closed at cash desk only on meeting people just coming... More 

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely place to visit. There is lots to see in the house itself and beautiful grounds to enjoy. The beach is lovely during the warmer weather. If you have young children there are play areas for them and they will enjoy visiting Swiss Cottage which was built for the children of Victoria and Albert.

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