‘It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot,’ said Queen Victoria of Osborne, her beloved home on the Isle of Wight.
Inside the House
Today, a visit to Osborne offers something for everyone to enjoy. Inside the house, get an intimate glimpse into royal life as you explore private apartments and grand reception rooms lined with furnishings and artworks from the Royal Collection.
Step into the sumptuous state rooms of Queen Victoria at Osborne, where the Queen of England entertained her important guests. Osborne was built specifically for Victoria and Albert, and its architecture and furnishings reflect their passions, taste and style.
Peek into the private world of Victoria and Albert and their nine children, in the family rooms at Osborne.
Visit the queen’s sitting room and see the balcony where Victoria and Albert used to listen to nightingales on a summer’s evening. See the queen’s personal bath tub in the dressing room, and, next door, the bedroom where she died, on 22nd January 1901.
Explore Swiss Cottage
Explore the world of the Victorian royal children at Swiss Cottage, thanks to the generous funding of several donors including the Heritage Fund.
Discover the interests and personalities of each of the nine princes and princesses in the ‘Childhood at Osborne’ exhibition. Play where the royal children played, and step back in time to 1861 as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert join their offspring for afternoon tea.
See fascinating objects from around the world in the museum; wander in between the royal children’s vegetable plots; and enjoy a wildlife trail on your way to the beach.
Visit Victoria’s Private Beach
“We have quite a charming beach to ourselves,” Victoria wrote in 1845, and it was here at Osborne beach that the Queen regularly bathed and her children learned to swim.
Enjoy the magnificent views out to sea from Queen Victoria’s alcove, and pop inside her bathing machine to see where she got undressed.
Grounds and Gardens
Complementing the magnificent Italianate ‘royal palace by the sea’, are gardens and grounds filled with breathtaking views. A place to relax and discover seasonal colour throughout the year.
The ornate terrace gardens, renovated in 2016–17 as part of a major conservation project, are a riot of tulips in spring. The mild Mediterranean climate allows stunning bedding displays in summer. Wander the Victorian walled garden with its espaliered fruit trees, and explore the wider parkland with its historic trees, many planted by Prince Albert.
Book your ticket now for the best price, and get ready for a great-value day out at one of the Isle of Wight’s best-loved attractions.
See Queen Victoria’s very own bathing machine on her private beach.
Explore Victoria and Albert’s personal collection of art and furniture.
Play like the royal children with two play areas and fun family trails.
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