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Osborne House

East Cowes PO32 6JX, England
+44 1983 200022
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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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  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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East Cowes PO32 6JX, England
+44 1983 200022
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Reviewed yesterday

We visited Osborne House over half term; we were planning on spending the morning there but ended up staying all day. I wasn't a member of English Heritage, and initially thought the admission quite expensive, but having visited and seen the exquisite interior, it is...More

Thank Jellybellydancer
Reviewed 2 days ago

Osborne House is simply stunningly beautiful and is set overlooking the magnificent Solent where it has its own lovely sandy beach. Wonderful woodland walks with extensive views leading to the Swiss Cottage and museum. Inside the main house are artefacts and furnishings exactly as they...More

Thank Newcavalier
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit here but not a lot was open - only the ground floor of the house and some outside areas. All restaurants and cafes also closed except the one at the entrance and no courtesy bus service either down to the beach...More

Thank PuddingsKC
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very interesting visit. Walked around the grounds and gardens for over an hour. The view back to the main land from the private beach was great, can only imagine would it would be like on a hot summers day. The only disappointment was the fact...More

Thank Deerejohn7530
Reviewed 4 days ago

We thought we would be disappointed because we visited out of season and only the downstairs and the gardens were available for viewing. However the part of the house we saw was so fascinating, and the volunteer guides were so informative they gave us really...More

1  Thank Barbara048
Reviewed 4 days ago

went November only lower floor was open it was great so much better and beautiful ,than I imagined lots of art works family portrait's, was done for Christmas ,the trees are up and decorated cant wait to go back and see the upstairs lovely well...More

1  Thank webby58
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are English Heritage members and visit on a regular basis, great day out You will need to visit the bathing hut and Cafe on the beach

Thank keith B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Osbourne House. As we had a yearly pass as we got it the year before. It is a lovely place to visit. The shuttle busses are great to get you to the different parts as it is quite a large area. We visited...More

Thank Drag0narty
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Only the downstairs and garden is open out of season, but you still got to see some stunning rooms. The gardens are also beautiful with fountains and a walk to the private beach. There is a café for hot drinks and snacks, but it was...More

Thank HeyJo44
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was used as a military convalescent home where both my father and father-in-law stayed. The Victorian dressed 'guides' at various posts were very informative. My only disappointment was that the dining room table was not properly laid out, unless, in Victoria's time it was...More

Thank 616CharlesH
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October 12, 2017|
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Response from CAH1949 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the comments above. There is a children's playground which I didn't look at so I'm not sure what the equipment is like. Plenty of space outside for running about but in the house movement will be restricted by... More
September 6, 2017|
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Response from David P | Reviewed this property |
yes all year
July 10, 2017|
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Response from EnglishHeritageTA | Property representative |
Hi Heather, tickets are available from the admissions office upon arrival. As has been suggested below, membership is a great option as it can offer you great savings on visiting our sites across the country. ^Matt