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Osborne House

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Address: East Cowes PO32 6JX, England
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+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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We visited the Island for a day with many places to see. When we visited Osborne House we spent our total visit here. Highly recommended.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 June 2016
Perth, WA
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38 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

I was excited to visit Osbourne again after maybe 20 years since the last visit. We are EH members - so glad as l would have been annoyed to spend £16 each for entry. I'm sure the entrance has changed to an area not as impressive. There is so little information on the boards in the rooms that at most... More 

1 Thank Claire F
Perth, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

We visited the Island for a day with many places to see. When we visited Osborne House we spent our total visit here. Highly recommended.

1 Thank NeilPerthWA
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

We'd been to Osborne House many years ago, and this time we dedicated a whole day for our visit and were not disappointed. I liked the way that we were able to walk around the rooms in the house without the restrictions of an organised tour, but all the guides in each room were knowledgeable and informative. We had a... More 

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Romford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

We started our visit by walking down to the beach, passing the beautiful House on our way. Such extensive, well cared for grounds, such beautiful trees! The little beach area is lovely - apart from swarms of flies! We bought a cup of tea and a sandwich and relaxed in deckchairs for a while, enjoying the scenery. Great to see... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

Plenty to do here, although the sites are spread out, it is a massive site. Usual EH hard sell for membership and guide book at the entry. Everything spic and span, and the self guided tour of the house is very interesting.

Thank Loz97
Wantage, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

A fascinating insight into the lives of Queen Victoria and her family. This is more a family home than a palace, where Queen Victoria could escape from the stress of her duties and spend time relaxing with her family. The Swiss cottage with the children's gardens where particularly enlightening.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

Fantastic piece of heritage and lovely to see some of the rooms pretty much as they were left, the Swiss cottage area and gardens are also worth a visit!

Thank Sharon W
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

I am glad I have been because I wanted to see it. First impressions from the outside the house is impressive. The grounds are well kept. The beach area was full of black flies. The cafe on the beach was too small but the tea was excellent. The egg sandwich was was ok, but my partner had a ham salad... More 

Thank Susan H
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

We visit Osborne house every time we visit the island. The house and gardens is beautiful and full of history. The staff at the house are all friendly and happy to help!

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Southport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

Not well signposted and you have to walk through the shop and numerous volunteers selling membership to gain admission. We were members so surely there could be a fast track.Pleased were weren't following a coach party. We enjoyed the walk to the Swiss Cottage and beach although chose not to visit the Cafe as the staff were stood outside smoking... More 

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