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Osborne House

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Address: East Cowes PO32 6JX, England
Phone Number:
+44 1983 200022
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Former retreat for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (circa 1845) still...

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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Excellent house - You get to see quite a lot.

Home is beautiful! Huge property and lots of walking to see all of it. Beautiful ceilings and all of their real stuff still in the house. Tons of history. Liked the Dunbar room... read more

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Dumas, Arkansas
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Home is beautiful! Huge property and lots of walking to see all of it. Beautiful ceilings and all of their real stuff still in the house. Tons of history. Liked the Dunbar room the best. It was inspired by her title as Empress of India. The detail work on the walls and ceiling is incredible. The gardens weren't as impressive... More 

Thank goodgame123
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited years ago with young children who were bored in the house. We have enjoyed a grown up visit, surrounded at times by impeccably behaved school groups. The house is full of interesting history and EH have reinterpreted it as a family home. Great snack lunch in the Petty Officers cafe. The beach is well worth the walk. The... More 

Thank John W
Sheering, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one place I always wanted to revisit having last been there in 1966...a long time ago! A fascinating place to visit, steeped in history, beautiful house and gardens and although quite expensive in cost (unless you are members of English Heritage) there is enough to keep one occupied for most of the day interspersed of course with tea... More 

Thank Jackie B
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If there is one place that everyone visiting Isle of Wight should visit, then its Osbourne house. The house and grounds is stooped with history, and English Heritage do a great job of telling the tale of Victoria and Albert and their time in Osbourne House. Now if only English Heritage and National Trust joined forces... the possibilities..

Thank Charlie H
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful house beautiful views. Some super things inside to see. Long walk to Swiss chalet and bathing hut. We walked down. In between showers. Bus back up which was good. £4.00 for cheese sandwich. But a good cup of tea. Expensive to get in unless you have a voucher. Or belong to English heritage. A super day out.

Thank jillhking
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We picked the wrong day to visit. It was pouring with rain and very dark inside all of the public rooms. This made viewing the wonderful collection of oil paintings and other works or art very hard work. It was also hard to linger and absorb the atmosphere in a constant press of visitors. We discovered later that Tuesdays and... More 

Thank widdowjo
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A beautiful Italian style house in wonderful grounds that were perfect for wandering around in. The house is full of incredible extravagant furniture and some superb statues and paintings. The staff were very friendly and easy to talk to. A lot of walking but a most enjoyable afternoon.

Thank David C
Lewdown, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We enjoyed the visit, the house was very nice but some of the pictures were not very informative, the guides were very helpful and the grounds were absolutely stunning.

Thank BobSue3
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Arrived soon after it opened for the day. Was convinced by the hard sell that it was worth while taking out a membership for my wife and myself. Have already had our monies worth by the number of places we have so far visited. Whether we renew our membership is doubtful. Nice approach to the house through the gardens. Osborne... More 

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Huge stunning house informative friendly staff except in the visitor reception! She was very abrupt. The walls are in the process of recoating bringing back to its former glory. Comfortable shoes lots of walking between House, Swiss Cottage, gardens, beach and grounds. There is a small bus for elderly. Large car park. Bus tours visit. Toilets around the site. Allow... More 

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