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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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Description: Former retreat for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (circa 1845) still...
Former retreat for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (circa 1845) still retains many of the royal couple's possessions, art work and photographs.
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A significant piece of history.

So much has happened at Osborne House you will only find put about if you visit. Go in season to see everything that is on offer including the wonderful gardens. This house gives... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

So much has happened at Osborne House you will only find put about if you visit. Go in season to see everything that is on offer including the wonderful gardens. This house gives a unique view in to the lives of Queen Victoria and her family.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This place is fit for a Queen on a holiday, nice food, spacious rooms, private bathing, lovely children's play area, stunning views, loads of people on hand, country walks. What more could you ask for a knighthood?

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We love it here, such a great day out whatever the time of year. The staff are really friendly and we never get bored of looking around. The food is pretty below average and very over priced however so we'd advise you to take a picnic. And if you go when you need a guided tour of the house, make... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The weather may have been dreadful but the tour was excellent! Over winter they don't let you wander around the house by yourself. They do tours every half hour or so. These visit rooms you don't normally get to see. We had an excellent and informative guide and thoroughly recommend it.

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Cropston, United Kingdom
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

v. Interesting venue but I found the tour a little short on history. Visiting during half term week substantial parts of the house and gardens were closed. Almost as if opening was an afterthought. The house is interesting but it needs bringing alive with a vibrant tour. The beach area was good. The cafe seemed a little understaffed but the... More 

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Marlow, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Have visited on several occasions, keep finding new bits and pieces and the improvement going on outside certainly making it good for families

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

If you go to the Island this house is must visit. You can spend a leisurely day here. The staff are lovely. It is really interesting seeing how a royal family lived and played. It has been well preserved/restored. I attended a guided tour on my visit which was informative. It was great visiting the beach and cafe. The gift... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Our family ( two kids aged 11) visited on a day trip in February. We all enjoyed the guided tour and learnt a lot from our guide. As it was such a cold day we look forward to returning in a few months to explore the gardens, beach and Swiss Cottage. Highly recommended outing.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We travelled over from the mainland with children, knowing that Osborne House was open only with a guided tour at this time of year. What we didn't know - and probably should have checked - is that the only tours are best part of one and a half hours duration, and there is no opportunity for escape part-way round. We... More 

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Unlike most other Royal residences, Osborne feels like you should be in Italy. Designed by Prince Albert for his family, it brings Queen Victoria's famiky to life. Even on the wettest of afternoons you could admire the gardens and it's wonderful view. Well worth a visit.

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