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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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England
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Osborne gives a real insight into the private life of Queen Victoria and her family and has good displays and information to educate about her large family and their varied fates. The gardens are very pleasant and the Swiss Cottage full of interest. Some smiles from the staff in the cafe would have been welcome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

If you want to experience the life of Queen Victoria. This is the place to visit. A great story is untold as you venture around this property. Superb walks around the gardens and the Swiss Cottage. If it's a nice sunny day you must take a walk down to the private beach.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Although the entrance fee may seem a bit steep , it's well worth it to view and walk through the history of the building ,to be in the rooms used by queen Victoria and Prince Albert . Then walk the beautifull gardens and parkland ,superb .good access and free bus if required to the Swiss cottage ,an added bonus

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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We spent the best part of a day here, and still did not see it all. The house is an interesting glimpse into the private lives of Victoria, Albert, and their children, and the standards and ideals they espoused. It's particularly sad that their efforts to try and create a more peaceful Europe through "appropriate" marriages for their children were... More

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Loved it. Plenty to see and do. Fascinating history behind it. I'd say No 1 place to visit on the IOW (maybe not No 1 for children)

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Kenilworth, England, United Kingdom
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140 reviews 140 reviews
41 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Visited here on a sunny day in September and Osborne House was fantastic. The grounds are well laid out and easily accessible for visitors of all ages. Plenty to see and do for the whole family from the House to the small Beach overlooking the Solent. The Swiss Cottage/Chalet was fascinating and there is excellent and interesting information on Victoria... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

What was there not to like. Very interesting and the swiss chalet was just not long opened which was an added bonus.

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Easy to find. Good car parking on arrival with helpful attendant. Good reception with several helpful staff at the entrance. Queuing but moved reasonably quickly. The House was busy with a lot of visitors. Grounds are extensive. Beach and Swiss Cottage worth the long walk or there is a mini bus service (not tested). Lot to see in the house... More

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Berkshire, England
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

My wife, infant son and mother in law visited here on a Wednesday afternoon, on entering the gift shop (the way in and out) you are immediately harassed by staff trying to get money out of you, sign up for this buy that etc. The queuing system for the tickets is confused and I dread to think what it is... More

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Essex
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18 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I'd always wanted to visit & as we're members of English Heritage, my husband & I booked a short break to Isle of Wight to do this. Situated just a mile away from the ferry terminal at East Cowes, we decided to visit before going to our B&B. Therefore we arrived just after 2pm. You need to walk through the... More

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