Things to do at Osborne House Isle of Wight review
Osborne House is a former royal residence in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The house was built between 1845 and 1851 especially for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a summer home and a rural retreat. The house itself was designed by Prince Albert in the style of an Italian Renaissance palazzo.
The English Heritage property has a number of former staterooms of Queen Victoria’s which you can look round. You can immerse yourselves in how they used to live with rooms set out as if they were still living there. There is even a beach you can visit from the house. You can even look in her bathing machine where she would have got dressed and undressed.
In the Swiss Cottage, kids can explore the world of Victorian royal children. There is plenty to play and interact with. Make sure you pick up the wildlife trail which you can complete on your way to the beach. There are some stunning gardens to look around with some equally stunning views.
There are two exciting playgrounds to discover at Osborne with plenty to climb and play on. Most of the equipment is made of wood and designed to look like a castle.
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FAQ and Further Information Osborne House English Heritage
Is there food and drink available?
There is a restaurant and a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
What are the main things to do?
Historic house once belonging to royalty with sumptuous rooms, beautiful gardens, a beach and two play areas. There are toilets, a restaurant and a cafe.
What are the ticket prices?
*FREE or Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of English Heritage or Mid-range – An adult ticket costs £13.30, children 5-17 £8. Under 5s are free and other pricing options including family tickets are available.
Is there parking?
There is a free car park.
When are they open?
Osborne House is open for most of the spring and summer with limited opening over the autumn and winter. For up to date opening times please visit their website.
Dogs are welcome, on a short lead. in the grounds of Osborne, including the formal gardens. Only assistance dogs are allowed in the house, Swiss Cottage, Cafe, Terrace Restaurant, play areas and on the Beach itself.