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Osborne House

East Cowes PO32 6JX, England
+44 1983 200022
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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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  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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East Cowes PO32 6JX, England
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"swiss cottage"
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"private beach"
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"queen victoria"
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"english heritage"
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"walled garden"
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"isle of wight"
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"bathing hut"
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"well worth a visit"
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"family home"
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"free bus"
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"formal gardens"
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"prince albert"
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"grounds are beautiful"
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"guide book"
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"an ice cream"
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"beach cafe"
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Reviewed yesterday

Loved the building & it's situation. Beautiful views down to the sea & very well kept grounds, despite the drought. The passage through the house was easy to follow & there were plenty of guides on hand to answer our questions. They all seemed very...More

Thank Sheila S
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The main house can appear rather dark but is very interesting. I found the grounds particularly lovely but the highlight was Swiss Cottage. This was where the royal children spent much of their time and learned basic household skills.

Thank janis_wilcox
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We arrived late in the day so only had 30 minutes to tour the main house. You really need a little more time to do it justice, but the tour flows from one area to another, so we don’t feel we missed anything. The Queen...More

Thank RachelMG1
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The best thing to do on the IOW. The grounds and house are stunning and the staff very knowledgeable. Be aware there is quite a lot of walking if you don't get the free mini bus down yo the beach area.

Thank Stephanie M
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My Husband and I visited Osbourne house,the house and Children's Swiss Cottage gives a real insight into how the family lived and the wonderful childhood the children had.

Thank mole250
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We travelled over from Portsmouth to The Isle of Wight by hovercraft and then caught the No 4 bus right outside the hovercraft station . It was a short walk to the house, up the drive . The house was very interesting and it was...More

Thank Jeanette D
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Staff friendly. Pricey admittance for tour. We acknowledge that maintenance costs are high but they could do with more signage information on lots of pictures and statuary. The staff, though pleasant, were not well informed except for one lady called Pauline who was exceptional and...More

Thank Sue H
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Whilst enjoying a week int the Isle of Wight with Shearings part of our itinerary was to visit Osborne House, the holiday home for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It was very busy -as it often is apparently- but there were plenty of stewards available...More

Thank John H
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I've just been reading some of the other reviews and they all tell the same story, so here's a couple of extra bits of information. Bus stops right outside Osborne House (number 4 from Ryde) Outside areas - The Beach, Swiss Chalet, Walled Gardens, tea...More

Thank Ruffley116
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

You will enjoy visiting the summer residence of queen Vic if you like the airport experience - poor crowd management, and barriers up to herd the masses.QV had a talent for collecting mediocre art sometimes in bulk and none of the artworks are identified by...More

Thank banafsha
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glennashane
2 July 2018|
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Response from Z4803OVcharlesw | Reviewed this property |
The taxi fare does vary slightly, but approximately £20 to £25 depending on who you use and how many people. There is a very good bus service that runs from Ryde Esplanade to the bus stop right outside osbourne house... More
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glennashane
2 July 2018|
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Response from Sonja P | Reviewed this property |
Further to my hastily written reply earlier - we were on a coach holiday and our visit was part of it. We travelled from Cowes after a visit there and it took about 20 - 25 mins. However I have done a internet search for you... More
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jetsetter1952
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Response from Susan J | Reviewed this property |
Bus services are very good , and taxi costs are very reasonable , you will live Osbourne house X
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