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Osborne House

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“swiss cottage”(1 434 reviews)
“private beach”(397 reviews)
“queen victoria”(894 reviews)
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...more
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York Ave, East Cowes PO32 6JX, England
+44 1983 200022
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All reviews swiss cottage private beach queen victoria english heritage walled garden isle of wight bathing hut well worth a visit family home free bus formal gardens grounds are beautiful prince albert guide book an ice cream beach cafe family life
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Osborne House is a MUST, an excellent "stately home" visit! I took my mother and father there for my mothers 90th birthday. There was a cavalry display on the lawns, all very authentic. We happened upon the "Medical Tent" and met the surgeon. He showed...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank DavidWallder
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on Sunday and got there from Sandown by taxi although 2 buses were available. It opened at 10 and we arrived at 11. The coffee shop was open and we planned our walk whilst having a coffee. Only the ground floor of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank EnglandCath
Reviewed 1 week ago

Osborne House and garden/park are really worth visiting. You can spend a whole day there because there´s so much so see and the space is really big. The rooms in Osborne House are very beautiful and you can read many interesting facts on the signs...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank M H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Breathe taking place! The gardens and the views are fascinating! You’ll never get tired of looking around, definitely I’ll visit again so much more to see!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Argentina R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing views and gardens. Lovely to sit under one of the trees in the garden to have a picnic just like Queen (ok we didnt have china cups and white table clothes!) lots of different things to see in the grounds and amazing views across...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Celia H
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fabulous day out this was! The first thing to note is that we bought our entry ticket at a reduced price when we booked the Red Funnel ferry from Southampton to Cowes. We also bought tickets to the Shanklin Chine at the same...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank seagullrob
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Osborne house has been decorated in the manner it was in Queen Victoria’s day, the Christmas trees and decorations are very impressive and well worth a visit. It is only the ground floor reception rooms which are open at this time of year which is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank terenceb524
Reviewed 1 week ago

During the winter month, Osborne house was only open on the ground floor. I was told that those are the best rooms and it was truely beautiful. Unfortunately, it was a rainy and stormy day and we did not get to discover the grounds. All...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank doreen1702
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So disappointed - this completely failed to live up to the hype. A few pathetic stalls selling very little, a couple of rides for the children and an illuminated walk that resembled the sort of thing you see on the news when a 'winter wonderland'...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank JGWinchester
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic visit the house and gardens are a treasure, the final room of the tour is quite spectacular

Date of experience: July 2018
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Lynne H
14 October 2018|
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Response from MidwifeSharan | Reviewed this property |
About 1.5 hours but you can make it as long as you like. That doesn’t include the gardens
1 October 2018|
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Response from Daniel R |
Buses every 20 mins from Newport or hourly from Ryde. If you have a bus pass you can use it on the Isle of Wight. Alternatively, 24h or 48h Rover and 7day Freedom tickets offer the best value. Example journey (Saturday... More
Diane D
1 September 2018|
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Response from Wardyem | Reviewed this property |
They are allowed in the grounds and the beach area but I don’t think right on the beach. I think there is a special leaflet for if you have a dog with you.