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Osborne House, East Cowes

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Historic Site
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 »
  • 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.