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Osborne House, East Cowes

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. Osborne House is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, East Cowes Edition.
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  • We have visited Osborne House many times previously but continue to visit because every time you learn something new. On this visit I had some problems with my English Heritage Membership, they forgot...  more »
  • This is amazing. The Dubar Room is on a par with many of the most famous heritage sites around the world. A little known National Treasure tucked away on the IOW. So much history here just waiting for...  more »
  • Beautiful house and grounds with views across the Solent. House full of paintings, sculpture and china. it gives a strong sense of how Victoria, Albert and their family lived and enjoyed the place. En...  more »
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  • At first I was surprised at how expensive Osborne House was but I have to say it was an excellent experience with far more on offer than I expected. The main house revealed so much more than I expected. From the bedrooms/ bathrooms, to the staff's quarters and nursery complete with original toys, there was so much on offer. The experts dotted around the house were very helpful and added some interesting insights into the inner workings (be sure to ask about the hand written menu). Outside of the house are acres of amazing grounds with lovely planned walks. The beach and beach cafe made for a perfect pit stop before looping round to the small museum house on the way back. Definitely recommend to history lovers or those just looking for a nice day out.
  • Loved visiting Osborne House! The house was spectacular and the gardens were amazing too. Nice walk (or free courtesy bus) to the beach. Lovely food at the restaurant. We will go again. Highlight of our stay on the Isle of Wight this year!
  • Interesting site as it's all the creation of Victoria and Albert with no other influences which is unique for a royal residence. Highlights are the queen's death bed and the Durbar dining room, spectacular. The beach where the queen bathed is a very peaceful place and well worth the walk from the house. A courtesy bus will also take you down to the Swiss Cottage and the beach. A very enjoyable visit, a real look into another world.
  • A grand design. Walking around makes you feel like royalty. The artifacts are impressive and to think Victoria and Albert retreated here. It is clear to see Victoria's love of India with lounges and dining areas with 1820's Indian architecture and her love of Abdul with the Indian royal family in many paintings. It also gives an in depth history of her time in this house and her entertainment.
  • Beautiful house to take a look about set in beautiful surroundings. Enjoyed the Victorian Christmas back in December. Would definitely recommend. The entry price may come across a little steep but if this is the case its worth looking in to an English Heritage membership. A yearly fee would allow you into hundreds of attractions with only a small additional fee for special events. Well worth looking into. Definately recommend
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