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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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  • Great day out. If you like walking this is for you. Beautiful grounds that stretch down to the sea.Osbourne house and Swiss cottage are really interesting if you don't fancy the walk. Not easy if you ...  more »
  • We are a family of 4 with a very reluctant teenager and even he enjoyed Osborne house. We walked to the beach and then onto the Swiss Cottage& museum followed by the house itself. What an amazing stor...  more »
  • I walked the 5 miles from Newport to Osborne House along the river. The grounds are fabulous and now welcome dogs and are free to access. The beach is worth a look -1.2km walk down from the house or a...  more »
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  • My favourite place on the Island, never tire of visiting, although a little pricey, it's packed full of interesting rooms & paintings of Victoria and the family, including lots of historical information. The beach is also a fabulous place to visit with a café. The extensive grounds are a must and the minivan is very helpful. Make the most of the Christmas tours, they are fascinating.
  • Former royal retreat then later residence, Osborne is worth checking out. Built in 1845, the Italian Renaissance style building was the holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It is also where she retreated after Prince Albert's death and the place she herself died. Lovely gardens and private beach to explore. The interior of the house showcases what an opulent and indulgent lifestyle it must have been all that time ago.
  • Good to have a nose around. Really big and lovely grounds. The beach is close and get to see the Queens private beach and tea coffee bar with ice cream! !!
  • We visited on Wednesday Sept.21st. We where warned that filming would cause problems which we accepted but did not tour more than the ground floor of the palace. It was crowded and impossible to see any thing, only to move with the crowd. The staff seemed oblivious as to the problems they where causing allowing so many people in and to my mind it was a Health and Safety Hazard with two way traffic. I heard many people commenting on the situation during the day. Perhaps English Heritage could give more information on the web site as to when the quieter film periods are and if the filming carries in over the week ends. We where disappointed with this day as we have visited many times before and will return later in the year.
  • Historically beautiful. Maybe not so good for really young kids but amazing place.