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“A fascinating glimpse into history”
Review of Osborne House

Osborne House
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US$43,89*
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Despite an initial reluctance/rebellion from daughter #1 (aged 14) I think both our girls - the other is 12 - enjoyed the day.

A beautiful house and lovely grounds. Lots of interest inside the house - well worth chatting to the knowledgable room guides as there are lots of fascinating details.

The final room - recreating the inside of a maharajas palace was amazing.

It was chucking it down on the day we visited, so we didn’t enjoy the gardens as much as we might have, but it was worth a walk/minibus ride to the Swiss Cottage - essentially a life size dolls house for the 9 children of Victoria and Albert - plus the beach was also very nice. Lots of catering across the site and we had a very nice lunch in the old chapel.

Highly recommended for those with an interest in history.

Thank Leo T
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We went to Osborne House hoping to be wowed; we were by the admission price, £17 each!The entrance was not entrancing, anyone wearing shoes with heels would sprain an ankle on the open grating. inside, we were underwhelmed by the low level lighting so that it was virtually impossible to see anything clearly, and the roped off one-way areas created congestion. There was nothing very interesting that one could see, in any case;a few rooms containing furniture, big deal. What a rip off.

2  Thank Cynthia F
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

One of the crown jewels of English heritage....
A visit to the isle of Wight would not be the same without a visit to Osborne house.
The house and grounds have been preserved perfectly by English heritage.
You can still feel the air of romance of queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Thank clairegreen76
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Well worth a visit. If you are pushed for time recommend the House and Swiss Cottage. Great puzzles/trails for the kids to keep them busy. Staff and Guides very knowledgeable and helpful.

Thank Steven E
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Many years ago I walked the coastal footpath all round the IoW. The section near Osborne House (taking in Victoria's beach) was closed to hikers - with the `coastal path' pushed inland. In the intervening period, we have joined English Heritage so saw this visit to the IoW as an opportunity to see what we missed...
The House is fascinating - particularly the Indian artifacts. The view over the Solent is outstanding. The walk down to the beach and back was very enjoyable.
Strongly recommended.

Thank HarryRoberts24
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