Osborne House
Osborne House
4.5
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*Please check the Osborne website for the official opening hours. 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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  • Lynne M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience & wonderful guides
    The grounds & house were just beautiful as always & the guide staff really went the extra mile capturing my son's imagination & sharing brilliant information - they were wonderful & we had the best visit! ❤️ We definitely think that cordless hoovers would be an advantage hoovering that huuuge staircase too! 😜 Thank you so much for your time guide team ☺️ can't wait to re-visit next summer with our friends
    Visited May 2023
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Diana W
    United Kingdom5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    STUNNING VENUE
    We were lucky to visit on a lovely sunny day. My husband has limited mobility so was only able to manage to walk around the house, but we found this fascinating. I would love to go back and walk around the grounds - maybe next time.
    I am so glad you enjoyed Osborne as much as those I guide round there. Its a wonderful place isn't it :)
    Written 27 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 31 May 2023
  • nikkibailey2016
    Gosport, United Kingdom17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice day
    This place is beautiful. It is big so do be aware if you have young children there is quite allot of walking involved. There is a mini bus service available between different parts of the attraction, but on the day we went it was particularly busy so not enough room for pushchairs to go on board. Also a beach is advertised on the website as one of the highlights, which the children were really looking forward to however the sandy part of the beach is all roped off and you are not allowed on it! Totally understand it is for conservation purposes, but don’t advertise it on your website towards children if they can’t even go on it. Sandwiches ridiculously priced at £5.45 a box, wish we’d taken our own. I can’t comment on the house as we didn’t actually go in as we spent all our time in the grounds.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 June 2023
  • Annie
    Tidworth, United Kingdom1,815 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Queen Victoria’s Summer Home
    I was really looking forward to this visit and this house does not disappoint. You feel you are stepping into Queen Victoria’s & Prince Albert’s home and you can imagine them there with all their children. So many gifts that they gave each other and beautiful art and furnishings. An amazing place. There is a free minibus that can take you to the Swiss House and then onto the beach and back again later. The beach is not very big but enough room to sit down or paddle in the sea. There are deckchairs to rest in and a cafe to get an ice cream or a drink & a cake. We are English Heritage members and we would recommend a visit here.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Sara S
    20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Almost perfect
    We visited on a beautiful hot day and spent a leisurely 4 hrs wandering round beautiful well kept gardens and grounds. Could see lots of rooms in the house and the dinig room is well presented with it's flamboyount table setting. Dogs could go everywhere except on the beach! No one was on the beach and with it being so hot the dog woukd have appreciated a swim needless to say couldn't give you full marks. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 June 2023
  • Chris T
    Yeovil, United Kingdom70 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nothing Outstanding
    Access was good and there was plenty to see but nothing was exceptional. We had a lunch in the restaurant which was ok but expensive for what you got and we left disappointed. There is transport around the grounds for those for whom walking is difficult so all in all a visit we won't repeat quickly.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Gillian F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top marks for accessibility
    The best place I have been for going out of their way to make things accessible to those in a wheelchair. Even the free minibus has a ramp so I could stay in the wheelchair. Highly recommend if you need accessibility and a thoroughly enjoyable day out.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 June 2023
  • salsakarl
    Ringwood, United Kingdom328 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much better than anticipated
    We booked this visit as the primary reason for going to the island, and we were not disappointed. Having paid over £52 for us to enter, we were offered the option to upgrade to become members of English Heritage ( who run the site). This made sense ( English Heritage appear to have the same pricing structure as the National Trust) so we now have 12 months membership. The house was pristine, interesting, and the estate was much larger than expected . Visitors were accommodated in many mays - areas to relax, in the shade , in the sun. There were a few cafés - in the formal gardens, by the private beach and inside the house. It did not feel crowded. The beach area had picnic tables, deck chairs, and views over the Solent
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 June 2023
  • JohnCasey29
    Filey, United Kingdom696 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Osborne House
    A lovely place full of memories of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and ALL their offspring. The house itself takes 45 minutes to an hour to fully explore, so take your time, don't be rushed by other visitors or the noisy schoolchildren. The Walled garden is particularly lovely in July and well worth a visit. If you want to see the Swiss cottage or the beach there us a free shuttle service running from the entry point of the house. There are I think 2 cafes but the grounds are ideal fir a picnic so do consider taking your own and save money in the process, however, the cafe scones are delightful
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • graydave2018
    Billingham, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disabled traveller.
    The house was lovely and well worth a visit. It opened my eyes on many things about Victoria and Albert. It is a large house with plenty of rooms to see. As a disabled visitor there were plenty of opportunities to sit and rest. The gardens were fabulous. The staff in the house could not of been more pleasant or more helpful. The only negative was the length of the walk from the entry point to the house. It was a long walk and there are no opportunities to sit and rest until you get to the house. They definitely need to look at that. Despite this it is well worth a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 4 July 2023
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Vivienne C
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Visited recently, house and grounds are beautiful, we were very disappointed that we couldn’t see the nursery sitting room and bedroom or the table deckers room.
We found that in the house, the staff were very rude and blunt when asked a question.
The staff at the cafe down by bathing machine were also very rude.
We were there to visit and learn about the Victorian royals and we felt that the staff made the experience a little unpleasant
Written 28 May 2024
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WDG53
Christchurch, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
A great way to glimpse at the life of Queen Victoria and her association with the Isle of Wight.
Lots to see and be prepared for a bit of a walk as it’s quite a way to the beach where Victoria bathed and sketched although there is a mini bus for those not as mobile.
There is a restaurant in the main building and snacks available from a cafe on the beach and one by the Swiss Cottage. We had lunch in the cafe by the entrance/exit and it was very good.
A great way to spend a few hours.
Written 26 May 2024
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,975 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This house is just outside Cowes and was Queen Victoria's Sandringham. Certainly worth a visit although 1st impressions are not good as the car park will drive you mad. The spaces are at an angle and it is almost impossible to park with confidence. If you have a particularly precious there are some conventional spaces near the main entrance or you could try a coach space. As usual the English Heritage volunteers are hugely polite and informative. There is quite a lot of walking although a minibus is provided but not particularly regularly. Walk down to the coast via the Swiss Cottage. The latter is now a museum but has some exhibits for children. It is missable if you are in a hurry. At the beach you can see a bathing hut and there is also a small cafe. Tables outside provide great views. The house itself can be extremely busy just after opening in the morning. The corridors are narrow and it is a little like Ikea where there is no escape unless you walk through. I found it a bit dark and miserable but the main dining room and nursery are worth seeing. It is set up as it was in Victoria's time and this is why there are no descriptions of the exhibits. The numerous photographs are worth studying. There is an attached impressive walled garden. Overall Osborne House is a must see if you are on the Island but don't raise your expectations too high.
Written 20 May 2024
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Julie P
Exeter, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Lovely day out. Plenty of sheltered places to walk. Courtesy bus was a bonus. House very ornate. Only criticism was that a lot of items on display had Do Not Touch but no labels describing what they were.
Written 16 May 2024
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Dee S
Aylesford, UK516 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Beautiful house . Interesting history Queen victoria and Albert love story . Very sad when she went into mourning . Lovely grounds . Long walk down to the beach to see the Royal Childrens Swiss cottage and garden . There is a shuttle bus for those with mobilty problems . Well worth a visit . English Heritage
Written 15 May 2024
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anse134
Windsor, UK157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Staff are super helpful especially when some in your party have special needs. There are wheelchairs and lifts available and you receive special attention and care from staff. Osborne House was beautiful, even on a rainy day! Lots to see and so much history. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
Written 14 May 2024
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saranireland
Belfast, UK136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
What a fabulous place! I knew nothing of the history but came away with lots of interesting facts. Loved seeing the house, with the nursery and dining room being stand outs for me although also great to see the bathrooms, bedrooms and studies. The staff are all really pleasant and knowledgeable and well worth taking time to talk to. We walked down to the chalet but ran out of time for the beach and gardens. We spent a good few hours here but could have easily stayed all day. Gift shop has a good range. The only negative was the cafe, we went to the one in the entrance for snacks and found it limited and overpriced. Still a wonderful day out!
Written 9 May 2024
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HowardPH
Chatswood, Australia23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Wow this place is worth the visit. So much opulence and history, well directed, and so much knowledge gained of the lifestyle and history of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. Our stay was 3-hours for the house and a walk in the formal garden. Add 2-hours if you want to wander the extended grounds. Friendly helpful staff and volunteers. If you are a gardener, drop across to the Walled Garden.
Written 8 May 2024
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Nayio11
73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A great place to visit just before we get on the ferry. A good mix of indoor and outdoor, nature and history.
Even though it’s a wet day, the walk through the well looked after ground to the beach and around the walled garden was very pleasant.

The house itself where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert spent many years were just amazing - full of some beautifully crafted art pieces. The Indian Room was stunning to say the least.
Written 6 May 2024
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Kate_R199
Gloucestershire, UK74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We visited on bank holiday Monday, it rained pretty consistently all day. We walked to the Swiss Cottage where we had a lovely slice of Victoria sponge.

I’d been looking forward to seeing the bathing machine for a long while, having a personal interest in the Victorians. I was upset to see how it was being neglected, paint peeling, paint not matching, holes in the door! Come on English Heritage, this special piece should have a wooden building/ shed in the winter, or be painted regularly. Very sad to see it rotting away.
Written 6 May 2024
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