Osborne House
Osborne House
4.5
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*Please check the Osborne website for the official opening hours. 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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  • Annie
    Tidworth, United Kingdom1,822 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Queen Victoria’s Summer Home
    I was really looking forward to this visit and this house does not disappoint. You feel you are stepping into Queen Victoria’s & Prince Albert’s home and you can imagine them there with all their children. So many gifts that they gave each other and beautiful art and furnishings. An amazing place. There is a free minibus that can take you to the Swiss House and then onto the beach and back again later. The beach is not very big but enough room to sit down or paddle in the sea. There are deckchairs to rest in and a cafe to get an ice cream or a drink & a cake. We are English Heritage members and we would recommend a visit here.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Sara S
    20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Almost perfect
    We visited on a beautiful hot day and spent a leisurely 4 hrs wandering round beautiful well kept gardens and grounds. Could see lots of rooms in the house and the dinig room is well presented with it's flamboyount table setting. Dogs could go everywhere except on the beach! No one was on the beach and with it being so hot the dog woukd have appreciated a swim needless to say couldn't give you full marks. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 June 2023
  • Chris T
    Yeovil, United Kingdom70 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nothing Outstanding
    Access was good and there was plenty to see but nothing was exceptional. We had a lunch in the restaurant which was ok but expensive for what you got and we left disappointed. There is transport around the grounds for those for whom walking is difficult so all in all a visit we won't repeat quickly.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Gillian F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top marks for accessibility
    The best place I have been for going out of their way to make things accessible to those in a wheelchair. Even the free minibus has a ramp so I could stay in the wheelchair. Highly recommend if you need accessibility and a thoroughly enjoyable day out.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 June 2023
  • salsakarl
    Ringwood, United Kingdom328 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much better than anticipated
    We booked this visit as the primary reason for going to the island, and we were not disappointed. Having paid over £52 for us to enter, we were offered the option to upgrade to become members of English Heritage ( who run the site). This made sense ( English Heritage appear to have the same pricing structure as the National Trust) so we now have 12 months membership. The house was pristine, interesting, and the estate was much larger than expected . Visitors were accommodated in many mays - areas to relax, in the shade , in the sun. There were a few cafés - in the formal gardens, by the private beach and inside the house. It did not feel crowded. The beach area had picnic tables, deck chairs, and views over the Solent
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 June 2023
  • JohnCasey29
    Filey, United Kingdom695 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Osborne House
    A lovely place full of memories of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and ALL their offspring. The house itself takes 45 minutes to an hour to fully explore, so take your time, don't be rushed by other visitors or the noisy schoolchildren. The Walled garden is particularly lovely in July and well worth a visit. If you want to see the Swiss cottage or the beach there us a free shuttle service running from the entry point of the house. There are I think 2 cafes but the grounds are ideal fir a picnic so do consider taking your own and save money in the process, however, the cafe scones are delightful
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • graydave2018
    Billingham, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disabled traveller.
    The house was lovely and well worth a visit. It opened my eyes on many things about Victoria and Albert. It is a large house with plenty of rooms to see. As a disabled visitor there were plenty of opportunities to sit and rest. The gardens were fabulous. The staff in the house could not of been more pleasant or more helpful. The only negative was the length of the walk from the entry point to the house. It was a long walk and there are no opportunities to sit and rest until you get to the house. They definitely need to look at that. Despite this it is well worth a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Charles_and_Susan
    Nottingham, United Kingdom7,173 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to see if you have the energy
    For all the royal regalia in and around the house it still looks like it could have been a family lived-in home. We asked for an audio guide, which was free, and this gave us lots of info that you otherwise wouldn't have got. There are guides around to ask questions of too. We went walking to the beach and also to Swiss Cottage - both worth visiting if you have the energy. There is a buggy goes from the house to Swiss cottage. With visiting the gardens as well we spent nearly 5 hours there - quite a day out.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Richard S
    Angmering, United Kingdom769 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A British Jewel
    We have not been for about 8 years and Osbourne House did not dissapoint. With a lovely stroll down to the beach where we had a cream tea, and then back to the house via the Swiss cottage. The grounds are stunning, the history inspiring and the architucture breathtaking.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 July 2023
  • Pradeep Mohan M
    New Delhi, India109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit
    This is a magnificient palace of Queen Victoria and her husband Albert. The way the old time regal decor and the artifacts are displayed and maintained is worth seeing. The Gardens and the Landscape are well cared and it was so refreshing to walk through them. Since we are from India we could really relate our country's connection with the erstwhile British Empire. Congratulations to the authorities for maintaining so well this valuable heritage. Recommend visitors from India to must see this palace. More shuttles should be deployed for trip to Beach and Swiss Cottage. p.m.mathur pmmathur@gmail.com
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 July 2023
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Linda J
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
What an absolute gem always wanted to visit and definitely worth the wait,well looked after by English heritage staff friendly helpful and knowledgeable,going again asap
Written 14 June 2024
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Lynne P
Shanklin, UK9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Great day out. Easy parking. Visited the beach (longish)walk) beautiful peaceful then Swiss Cottage and garden . (I wanted to know what was growing and see tools).. then grounds then house. Beach has sitting area lovely views. Took picnic although snacks available. Grounds have some magnificent trees. There is a shuttle bus but no easy indicator of stops or times.The signposting and route around the house seemed odd. Never quite sure where we were..up down back stairs although lifts available. Interesting collection of paintings portraits but insufficient none information alongside. Occasional staff member gave explanation which was real benefit. Needs more staff input. Not sure if guided tours available didn't see any. Signposting around the site was a bit lacking sparse and small..but very good value for a rainy day..will revisit...
Written 14 June 2024
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BfdshirePhil
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Being an EH member and on the Isle of Wight, only made sense to visit Osbourne House.
And well worth the visit. Compared to a lot of houses in the UK which are decimated, slightly damaged and worn. This place has some outstanding items, rooms, gardens. That due to the remoteness of IOW, have kept it in such good condition. And without any research, seeing the last dining room (no spoilers), was simply amazing.
Sadly it was raining, so didn't see much of the grounds.
But very pleased we visited, well worth the trip.
Written 13 June 2024
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NattyGeo
Lincolnshire, England, UK.79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
What a beautiful place to visit. The house outside is stunning. Inside also well worth it. The grounds are extensive and as a result it is a long walk to Swiss Cottage and the Beach Hut. There is a shuttle bus (which we didn't use) that takes you to Swiss cottage. We felt that the Swiss Cottage was a bit of a let down as only one room (the kitchen) was authentic, and you cannot go upstairs anymore. The Beach hut area was great, there are toilets, cafe and seating down there, it definitely is worth the walk - especially to look back at the house in all its glory. Even though the entry price is rather high, it certainly is a must visit on the island. If you are sure that you are going on a certain day - book online in advance and save £5 per person. Main restaurant food is hoity toity, whereas the cafe at the entrance serves more variety for good value.
Written 11 June 2024
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Edmund
Brighton, UK45 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Interesting to see the house.

Staff not particularly helpful.

Signs very poor. Difficult to find our way round and not at all suited to wheelchairs.

Walled garden attractive. Probably the best part of our visit.

The Swiss Cottage was also good.

I'm glad I am an English Heritage member because I would have begrudged paying to get in.
Written 11 June 2024
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Dream52262634874
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Visit today, got engaged on the beach!
Amazing grounds!
Let down by food outlets! Under trained staff!
Being an islander,
i was upset by the food,
Ordered beef brisket from terrace restaurant, the food was not what the menu stated!
The onions were not caramelized!
The cheese was not stilton as stated, it was cheap out of a packet squares??
Being an ex baker, the bun was stale!!
The food was a big let down, sorry has to be said!!
Otherwise a lovely location
Written 9 June 2024
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MM2H
London, UK423 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Even if you only know a little about Queen Victoria and her family, a visit here brings history to life. Although Osborne is a vast residence, it has a homely feel and every room contains little gems or nuggets of information to discover. The room stewards are friendly and approachable and have a wealth of knowledge that contribute to the overall experience. In particular, the young man who answered our questions about Victoria and Albert's vast family tree knew his stuff.
There are some lovely walks around the grounds, and views across the Solent, and the ice cream at the beach was especially delicious.
Written 6 June 2024
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KittyEliz
Northampton, UK92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
This is an amazing place. Very easy to spend a whole day here , so good value. Visit The Beach, Swiss Cottage, the beautiful gardens and, of course, the main house which is full of everything, portraits, statues, artefacts, etc, etc. There is a lift to the first floor.

The staff without exception were friendly, welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable. They helped my friend who has a 'walker' without the blink of an eye. Thank you all.
Written 4 June 2024
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Curious06218589531
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
A beautiful place to visit. Lovely grounds if you want to have a picnic.
Very handy if you're not driving as the bus stops right outside Osborne House
Written 3 June 2024
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ChenoJoe
Billericay, UK152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Let’s start with the one negative, getting in the place. We are English Heritage members and had also pre-booked entry but this makes no different getting in. There was only one very large queue to get in including many who were paying on the day which made getting it quite slow. One couple in front of us gave up and left. There should be a better system for members who have already pre-booked and those who need to pay on the day being separated.

However once in this was a great family day out.
So much to see with the house itself, the private beach and a real highlight was the Swiss Cottage which was a great area for the Children.
This day was a highlight of our trip on the island and would recommend you visit.
Written 2 June 2024
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