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Osborne House, East Cowes

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Glamour, grace, and elegance are the words that spring to mind in relation to Osborne House, a sprawling Victorian mansion set against the backdrop of the Isle of Wight’s lush pastureland. Once a royal retreat, the building was designed in the style of an Italian Renaissance palace by Prince Albert himself. It remains well-known for being the place where Queen Victoria died in 1901. The interior boasts a decor equally as ornate as the exterior, replete with sumptuous galleries and rooms. Use our East Cowes trip builder to arrange your visit to Osborne House and other attractions in East Cowes.
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  • One of the best historical buildings to visit. The 4 hrs spent there was spell binding Pictures , ornaments , Room decoration all breathtaking. One certainly sees how the other half lived The gardens ...  more »
  • A full day to view the beautiful house, Swiss Cottage and a stroll to the private beach. The house needs to have more staff as there were rooms that weren't open due to lack of staff.  more »
  • Loved the history, the house inside was very interesting. Grounds were beautiful and the beach was really sweet. You could spend all day here - we had to take it in turns walking around the house beca...  more »
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  • One of the single most impressive places I've been in a very long time. The history of this place is immense and the interior is just beautiful. When you walk the halls of the main house you can imagine how the royals of the time walked the same floors. To think that you are standing in the room Queen Victoria spent her last day is astounding. The grand rooms and even grander furniture of the house are stunning. Coupled with the lovely grounds to have a walk around and the Swiss cottage and beach, this is one of my favourite places on the island.
  • So much information in such beautiful soroundings. House is a Marvel to view and the walks to both the beach and Swiss cottage lend their own unique experiences. Walled garden rounded off an amazing day. Food at Terrace restaurant was very good and staff were very friendly despite being clearly stretched at times.
  • Impressive historic House with paintings and bronzes and period features aplenty. The Terrace restaurant had a good range of simple but tasty dishes to choose from including the famous Victoria Sponge.
  • This is the best stately home we have visited. Full of amazing facts. The guides and assistants are so knowledgeable too. It's a must do if you are on the Island. There is so much to see.
  • Incredible architecture inside and out. A fantastic experience and well worth the visit. The ceiling sculpting and paintings are incredible. A lovely walk down to the beach also. Plenty of parking and two cafes.

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