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Osborne House

East Cowes, Cowes PO32 6JX, England
+44 1983 200022
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Ranked #1 of 9 attractions in Cowes
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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62 reviews 62 reviews
28 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Best on a dry day to enjoy the enormous grounds and to enjoy walking to Swiss Cottage (children's playhouse) and playground, and walking down to the beach. At first, I wasn't sure how much of the house we would get to see but it winds around and up/down so you get to see quite a lot. You only learn any... More

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Dorset
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24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Wow, was blown away by this place. The opulence and splendour of the decor etc. Again, it rained all the while we were there so didn't venture any further than the house. Another time

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Bournemouth
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

When you get here and see the views from the house across the gardens, it becomes very clear why Queen Victoria (or anyone else for that matter) would want to live in such a lovely spot. On a sunny day, the views are delightful and the grounds lovely to walk around. On a rainy day, the rooms are quite interesting... More

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Looe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Children loved asking about the past this was the second time there and want to go again We went Easter holidays and they had card making and egg decoration for them to do all free

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth a vist (or two). The house is full of interesting objects and paintings. To get the most out of it ask each of the volunteers on duty in each room about things. They have a wealth of information to give. In the Durbar room they also have lots of short videos about modern Indian craftsmen going about their... More

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newton abbot
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Brilliant & interesting place, the guides were all very helpful & there was plenty to keep the children amused. The gardens were out of this world & the walk down to the beach was just far enough after a lovely lunch in the cafe! Definetly worth a visit, keeps you thinking for days!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

What a spectacular day our. The house is an opulent gem. The gardens delightful. Food divine . Children's activities varied and interesting. The beach is a real plus, but there is always a queue at the ice cream hut, surely they could get more staff as it is not cheap. The real blip is a cleaner called tim who spent... More

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Well worth a visit. Visit the walled garden, very interesting. Walk or take mini bus to Swiss Cottage then onto the newly opened up beach. Take the bus back as it goes on a different route. Driver gives commentary and is very interesting. Beautiful setting beautiful House.

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I have been to thiswonderful ancestral home, the favourite home of Queen Victoria and Price Albert, numerous times over more than 60 years and it improves as time goes on. The outside has all been restored and they have also done the same with the inside, returning it to its former glory. The outside walled garden is now properly available... More

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The house, Swiss Cottage, the beach, gardens, grounds with lots of wildlife. A gread day out. Be sure to arrive early and browse the shop.

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