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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 »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The sense of history is immense, walking in the footprints of HM Queen Victoria blew me away. I accept like others that at first the building in some areas looked unloved, but the building belongs to the Nation and as such English Heritage is doing an amazing job; however, as a charity their hands are tied. The more people that visit the income they will gain to provide the funds to protect this and many more sites across the country.
  • Fantastic. The sheer quantity of historical items everywhere was stunning. Well laid out, lots of well informed guides - you could easily spend a day or just on this site alone.
  • I love the architecture of the house. But the grounds are magnificent. Great you can now access the beach and beautiful woodland.