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Osborne House

East Cowes PO32 6JX, England
+44 1983 200022
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in East Cowes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: 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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Hereford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We visited Osborne House on 12th July 2014 as part of a varied holiday. we were most impressed with everything about this place! but in particular the Swiss Cottage built by Prince Albert for the children. The building was full of interest and was immaculately maintained and the vegetable gardens were a treat and it is easy to see why... More

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Woking, England, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I was rather disappointed with Osborne House. Since my last visit, many years ago, it seems to have been "institutionalised" by English Heritage and lost its atmosphere. Many of the treasures I remembered seem to have disappeared, such as the flat-pack Maharaja's chair in the Pavilion. It is expensive to go in (with all the confusion and unsubtle pressure about... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We had a lively time exploring the house, gardens and beach. Lovely way to learn about our historic royal family.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

An excellent snapshot of royal family life in Queen Victoria's time. The horse and trap ride from the entrance to the house itself was excellent as was the courtesy bus to the beach and from Swiss Cottage. It's a pity the cafe at the beach doesn't do sandwiches for the catetring at the cafe in the visitors' centre is excellent.

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Tartu, Estonia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Having just joined English Heritage (EH) with my wife as Joint Senior Members (we are both visitors to the UK), I am happily plugging the benefits of EH membership. One benefit being that visits to 3 sites (Osborne, Carisbrooke Castle and Portchester) makes membership worthwhile as members enter EH sites for free. A second benefit being that every adult member... More

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East Grinstead
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

For our final day on the Isle of Wight (24th July 2014), we set aside a few hours to visit Osborne House with our English Heritage membership. This was probably the highlight of our trip (aside from the fantastic weather!) and a fantastic way to spend the chunk of a day. We started with the gardens; the walled garden was... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

On my way from Devon to Dover, I decided to visit Osborn. I needed to use a ferry from Southampton (they depart evry hour) and then walked all the way to the house (20 minute walk from West Cowes). It is worth because the house is great. We enjoyed very much.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

What a great place to spend the day. The house is interesting and worth taking the time to learn about it's history. The grounds are stunning even if you are not a keen gardener. We enjoyed the walks to the beach, Swiss Lodge and Museum. The café near the reception was reasonably priced. I had an egg and cheese salad... More

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Broadstone, Dorset
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We chose a nice day for a day trip to the Isle of Wight, and chose Osborne House for our primary destination, knowing it from 25 years ago when we last visited. We were not disappointed at all, there is so much to see here, so much history attached to the house, and so many interesting pictures of people closely... More

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London, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Great house and gardens. Lots of things to see in the house with informative guides on site. Some lovely family photos all around the house. Loved the gardens. A visit to the private beach is a must. You can walk down to it or take a free shuttle bus. The beach is great, lovely tea shop, toilets and free deck... More

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