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Osborne House

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“swiss cottage”(1,352 reviews)
“private beach”(374 reviews)
“queen victoria”(844 reviews)
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...more
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York Ave, East Cowes PO32 6JX, England
+44 1983 200022
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All reviews swiss cottage private beach queen victoria english heritage walled garden isle of wight bathing hut well worth a visit family home formal gardens free bus prince albert grounds are beautiful guide book an ice cream beach cafe stately home
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Reviewed today

We do not understand how anybody can give less than five stars to this attraction. It is absolutely magnificent and it was a real pleasure to explore the house. We also looked at the Swiss Cottage, and then walked to the beach where, on a...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed today

It was spectacular , the decor was quite luxurious in some rooms more than others and the Durbar Room really made my jaw drop! so much history wiht amazing views to the garden and the sea. Unfortunately didn't get to see the beach as t...More

Thank Raewyn J
Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful place to visit, I just couldn't take my eyes off the fabulous ceilings, viewing the gardens from upstairs and you really get the symmetrical patterns of the flower beds, so much to see and learn. Wonderfull!

Thank Elisabeth S
Reviewed 5 days ago

Well worth a visit to walk in queen Victoria's footsteps. The tour around the house is fascinating with lots of information and pictures that are interesting looking at the Indian connection. The site is spread out and you can spend all day there. The beach...More

Thank hopkins0lt
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a lovely house, with lots of history and wonderful gardens, which go down the Osborne bay. Well worth a visit. But this is not National Trust but English Heritage.

Thank bholl289
Reviewed 5 days ago

Incredible rooms, ceilings,furniture, so hard to do justice with mere words.Do allow a few hours to wander round. Don't forget to look up and be anazed. The Arden's are formal but exotic. The story of the house will bring Queen Victoria's history alive.

Thank Nicholas B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We revisited here after last coming here about 5 years ago. The conclusion you've been waiting for: it was just as good! The entrance price is steep, let's face it, but there is a lottttt to do, from the Swiss cottage to the beach to...More

Thank Alex V
Reviewed 5 days ago

Worth a visit if high Victoriana is your thing, but it was a shame that some of the paintings were so poorly lit. The gardens and grounds were the best bit for us. Watch out if you visit the cafe by reception though - very...More

1  Thank Christopher R
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Rather than paying entry for the day it's better to sign up for a 15 month English Heritage pass, it's only £56. The house itself is filled with original furniture and feels like Queen Victoria is in the room next to you. The gardens are...More

Thank Mr W
Reviewed 5 days ago

It's a while since our last visit here and, whilst the house is very much the same, it is good to see that the attitude towards photographs has changed - for the better ! The "herring bone" parking system is a bit chaotic especially if...More

Thank Randoman1
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Lynne H
14 October 2018|
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Response from MidwifeSharan | Reviewed this property |
About 1.5 hours but you can make it as long as you like. That doesn’t include the gardens
1 October 2018|
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Response from blackiw29 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry we only did a day visit from Southampton.
Diane D
1 September 2018|
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Response from Wardyem | Reviewed this property |
They are allowed in the grounds and the beach area but I don’t think right on the beach. I think there is a special leaflet for if you have a dog with you.