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“It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot” said Queen Victoria of Osborne House, her palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight. Visit Victoria and Albert’s private apartments, their bathing beach and children’s play-cottage for an intimate glimpse of royal family life. Then stroll through the garden terraces where the stunning views across the Solent reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples.
Osborne reflects Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s passions, tastes and style. Ornate furnishings and artefacts from The Royal Collection fill rooms and corridors where Victoria entertained heads of state, inventors, princess and princesses and ruled the vast British Empire.
We recommend at least 2-3 hours for a visit, and Osborne is open daily during the half-term holiday and then Wednesday – Sunday in March; see our events and prices and opening times section for further details. Access in the House is restricted to the ground floor only until the 1 March, and Swiss Cottage & Museum will re-open on 1 April.
Dogs on lead are now allowed in certain areas of the Osborne estate – a dog walkers map shows where you are able to take your pet.