Osborne House

Osborne House, East Cowes: Hours, Address, Osborne House Reviews: 4.5/5

Osborne House
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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Karen A
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Family
Lovely visit just unfortunately half of the house not open so very disappointing and staff in the cafe near the beach unfriendly as quite cross as we were close to closing time. Even though will visit again as beautiful place.
Written January 2, 2022
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342maxinem
Taunton, UK75 contributions
Aug 2021
A lovely day out if you are fully fit. Involves a lot of walking down to the beach & Swiss Cottage. There is a courtesy bus but only infrequent when we visited
Lovely helpfull staff. Catering outlets, and toilets rather limited
Written December 15, 2021
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dragonara2
Honiton, UK335 contributions
Oct 2021
This house is well maintained by English heritage. Most staff were helpful. , however it would have been helpful to have been told there were busses to take you to the beach and or Swiss Cottage on reception, inadequate signage to the beach or Swiss cottage that states how far it is to walk . or exactly where you can wait for the bus. We personally found the sheer number of sculptures and portraits everywhere, eyes following you whichever way you look rather depressing but don't doubt this is how the house was presented in Victorian times. We enjoyed Swiss Cottage more, more homely and less cluttered, you can imagine the children playing or baking biscuits there or playing in the Fort Prince Albert built for them. The Beach hut is locked, long queues for cafes at each venue, with a limited menu available. Plenty of parking, 2 for I card can be used to reduce the overall price
Written December 14, 2021
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TOPCATDC
Wallsend, UK171 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Well the home and grounds are beautiful only disappointment is the upstairs were closed from 1 November till end of march but charge full price still .
The cafe is ok but as always with these places expensive
Would be great in the summer you could spend a full day wandering round .
Written November 30, 2021
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Ddee K
5 contributions
Jul 2021
Excellent day out at Osborne House. Plenty to see and good for children. Dogs allowed however not in the house.
Staff are very friendly and helpful.
Nice tea rooms and shop.
Written November 28, 2021
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Frederick W
Gravesend, UK238 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
We went on Wednesday last week. The house was all set up for Christmas with Christmas trees and victorian decorations. The staff and volunteers were very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed our visit the on site cafe was very nice.
Written November 27, 2021
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vintagegirl34
London, UK109 contributions
Sep 2021
a bit bleak on the day we went with rain and cold but we will return on a sunny day. The ceiling of the Indian room is incredible and worth visiting just for that. There's a lovely tea room try and book before you go. The grounds are amazing and you can get to the beach which I have yet to see.
Written November 20, 2021
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MJK
Coventry851 contributions
Oct 2021
This place fully deserved to be on the list of top attractions to be found on the Isle of Wight. The whole residence is extensive - it is not only a house, but also several smaller buildings of various purposes, garden, even a beach - all surrounded by a huge and well-kept park.
Art and interior enthusiasts will find plenty to admire, as the collection of paintings and other works of art is impressive. Osbourne was just a "home" (not a palace) for Queen Victoria, so space inside the building is limited – when the number of visitors is large (which is a standard) you walk at a slow pace, and sometimes you have to wait to enter the next room.
But it's really worth it, because when visiting this place, you can almost touch the atmosphere of the British Empire.
Written November 15, 2021
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johnsamlucy
Frimley Green, UK68 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Not the cheapest to get in and when we were informed upstairs wasn't open we were a little disappointed. However we did look around downstairs and it was very interesting and the staff very helpful and knowledgeable. We walked around the grounds that are very pritty and down to the beach and back,( about 3 miles). They did say they have a shuttle bus but that wasn't running either, so you do have to be reasonably fit.
Written November 14, 2021
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Emily
Shanklin, UK6 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
I love Osborne house, it always feels like I'm 'home' there. The flowers are always so beautiful and a walk down to the beach is a must!
Written November 14, 2021
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