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Osborne House

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Address: East Cowes PO32 6JX, England
Phone Number: +44 1983 200022
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Former retreat for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (circa 1845) still...

Former retreat for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (circa 1845) still retains a large collection of the royal couple's possessions, art work and photographs. Also home to the Swiss Cottage for Victoria's children, and the private beach and bathing machine.

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great place to visit although it was too cold to see the gardens the house was very interesting just wish you could have seen more like the bedrooms bathroom kitchens etc

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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London, England, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

great place to visit although it was too cold to see the gardens the house was very interesting just wish you could have seen more like the bedrooms bathroom kitchens etc

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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited the house as part of an all-in hovercraft, bus and guided tour ticket, which was well priced. We walked through the grounds from the bus-stop, having taken a rambling route from Ryde. We were lucky enough to have a view of one of the rare and lovely red squirrels found on the IOW on the way to the... More 

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Walsall, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This royal home is definitely worth visiting the house tour is very educating for all ages. The grounds are stunning would love to go back to enjoy the views and walks on a nice summers day. What we wasn't told on the tour was that the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria Beatrice took up residents at Carisbrooke Castle and just... More 

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Travelexperience12
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277 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Osborne House whilst on holiday in the Isle of Wight. We were aware that this is a major attraction and arrived slightly before the house opened and therefore gained a benefit from viewing before major crowds appeared. we followed the tour route at our own pace and found the descriptions and information clear and interesting. The standard of... More 

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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150 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I found quite amusing to read the one star comments, main complaints was the distance from the entrance to the house, I mean, come on, get real. Others complaining that the layout was bad? Again, come on, get real. I went this morning 31st Jan 2016 and had a fab time. I joined the hour tour that started at 10:30'... More 

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walsall
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful house and grounds. Lots of walking but you can get free mini buses to take you to all the different parts. Had an ice cream on the beach but we found the prices in the cafe way too expensive. There are lots of staff who are all very knowledgeable scattered around the house. We even saw a few red... More 

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Horley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed my visit, the guide was very good. Need to go back in the summer months when the whole house is open. At this time of year only the ground floor is open

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My second time to visit Osborne, this time in the middle of winter. Only the downstairs was open, owing to rennovations or something, and, perhaps because of low visitor numbers and need to save on curators, we had to wait for a guided tour. But the tour was very good and the guide extremely knowledgeable, humours and just very good.... More 

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went between Christmas and New Year on a nice day! They were running house tours and we found this very interesting. We saw our first red squirrel (in the wild) and also walked down to the beach for the first time. There was a pleasant café there which I imagine is very busy in the summer. We always visit... More 

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merseyside
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed on the Estate in the Sovereign Cottage, we spent 4 nights in this fabulous cottage, from the 4th to the 8th of January, the weather wasn't the best, but the cottage was warm and cosy with everything you need, including a hamper on our arrival, We visited the Garlic Farm, Oasis, which had lots of bargains, the price... More 

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