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Osborne House

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Address: East Cowes PO32 6JX, England
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+44 1983 200022
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Former retreat for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (circa 1845) still...

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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Good day out

We visited with three young children who were very excited to see where Queen Victoria once lived. We were offered a safe place to leave the buggy whilst we walked aroud which... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2016
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

We visited with three young children who were very excited to see where Queen Victoria once lived. We were offered a safe place to leave the buggy whilst we walked aroud which was helpful. The house is beautiful, and the children enjoyed the grounds - lots of long swaying grass to play in on the walk to the beach. The... More 

Thank SkiBunny2008
Margate, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2016

we visited during their birthday week with our daughter and grandsons aged 3 and 5, with the victorian fayre, was plesantly surprised that once in all the activities were free, this included swing boats and victorian games which the grandchildren loved. the staff in the house were lovely and helpful, and we loved the book for the children to use... More 

Thank Vev48
Leicester, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2016

we spent a great day at this attraction. The house is very interesting and the staff full of information.. The grounds are nicely laid out and the Swiss cottage is in a beautiful setting. Easy to get to with first class public transport. Helpful for less able people

Thank pauline p
Rugby, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2016

Had a brilliant day out at this property. With this being Queen Victoria's holiday home it was very elegant and refined being restored to original condition. The gardens are a pleasure to walk around with extended walks down through wooded areas to her private beach (obviously). The Swiss Cottage (her children's play house) is an eye opener being the size... More 

Thank tonycrick
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2016

Fete not as good as we had hoped and little for young children to do. We felt very unwelcome in the house its self as very busy and staff seemed unable to cope and appeared rude at times so left after short time not a visit to remember sadly ! would like to add English Heritage staff quite pushy when... More 

Thank Judi B
Sandown, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2016

Fantastic events during school holidays. The Victorian fete had a continuous events programme, interesting shows at various places and the biggest collection of victorian games that I have ever seen. Staff are always on hand to help and explain how to play. My grandson was particularly taken with ringing the bell by hitting the block with a hammer, especially because... More 

Thank Pauline L
East Yorkshire
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2016

Osborne House is a stunning house to visit, taking a look back at the retreat of Queen Victoria & Albert. The walks are also fantastic with stunning trees and also dog friendly grounds.

Thank RichNicko
Norwich, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2016

Excellent day out ... Plenty to do for everyone , a lovely place to visit .. Free mini buses to the beach and other areas .. Watch the rush, as some visitors love que jumping , but bus driver is very kind and remembers who he leaves waiting for the next bus .. They run about every 12 minutes ..... More 

Thank Kat25252525
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2016

We visited Osborne House as a special Queen Victoria fete was taking place. Unfortunately it was a bit cold for a fete which wasn't as Entertaining as we had hoped.

Thank Chrisnmick
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Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

I had a lovely day on the island with Discover Dorset, on my Tod but met a fab couple from the USA and we visited Osborne House and the gardens were beautiful, so relaxing to walk round with my camera and I took some lovely shots one of which I edited to enhance and exhibited at a gallery, a super... More 

Thank Fiona F

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