Enjoy a right royal time on the Isle of Wight this autumn.

Wightlink is celebrating the release of new movie Victoria & Abdul, in cinemas 15 September, by inviting visitors to follow in Her Majesty’s footsteps and discover her links with the Island.

There are 13 connections to explore, from her family home at Osborne to places she knew well including the Royal Hotel in Ventnor, the Needles, the historic Carisbrooke Castle and beautiful Shanklin Chine.

There’s plenty to see and do on a regal trip to the Isle of Wight. 

You can follow in the Queen’s footsteps by taking Victoria’s Island Trail, see the costumes worn by the Victoria & Abdul film stars at Osborne or visit the many Island places with intimate links to India –  you’ll always be treated like Royalty.

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Victoria & Abdul Costume Exhibition at Osborne

The costumes worn by Dame Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard and Ali Fazal throughout the new Victoria & Abdul film are available for all to see at Osborne. Don’t miss out, though, as the exhibition is only open until 30 September 2017.

The stunningly detailed costumes are designed by Oscar-nominated designer Consolta Boyle and provide a gorgeous reflection of Victorian attire.

You can access the exhibition with a standard admission ticket – Osborne is open daily from 10am – 5pm.

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When you book your ferry crossing to the Island with Wightlink, you can also purchase admission tickets to Osborne House, where you can visit the Victoria & Abdul Costume Exhibition until 30 September 2017.

Simply follow the link below and once you’ve chosen your crossing time, select your attraction tickets in the ‘Extras’ page.

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Victoria’s Island Trail

Victoria’s Island Trail is an opportunity for you to follow in the footsteps of the famous Queen – walk along the same paths, experience the same sights and take in the wonderful scenery the Isle of Wight has to offer.

The Trail has been set up to celebrate the forthcoming release of new movie Victoria & Abdul, featuring stars Dame Judi Dench and Ali Fazal and partially shot on location at Osborne House, a much-loved family holiday home and stately residence.

Available online as an interactive map and guide, it will include both famous and lesser-known locations across the Island with close connections to the Royals, such as the church Princess Beatrice married in, the Queen’s favourite Isle of Wight viewpoint, and the yacht club created just for her.

Indian connections to the Isle of Wight

While Queen Victoria, who became Empress of India in 1877, is the most palpable link between the Isle of Wight and the South Asian country, she is not alone in her connection between the two. For example, the last Viceroy of India, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, was also Governor (in 1965) and then Lord Lieutenant (in 1974) of the Isle of Wight.

What’s more, you can explore some of the fascinating ties between the Island and India:

Electric Woods Festival of Light

Experience the stunning Electric Woods ‘Festival of Light’, inspired by Diwali, at the Robin Hill Country Park. 30 September  to 4 November 2017. Robin Hill, PO30 2NU.

Durbar Room

Delight in the Durbar room at Osborne, designed and created using stunning Indian style plaster work by Lockwood Kipling and Indian craftsman Bhai Ram Singh. Osborne, PO32 6JX.


Visit Dimbola, the Freshwater home and studio of Indian born pioneering Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. While you’re there, visit the Dimbola Lodge Tea Rooms to savour their delicious tea and cakes. Dimbola Museum and Galleries, PO40 9QF.

Indian tigers

Get up close to rescued Indian tigers at the Isle of Wight Zoo. Isle of Wight Zoo, PO36 8QB.

Victoria & Abdul – Based on the extraordinary true story

The film will be released September 15 and is the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award® winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule.

When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance, with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

Based on the extraordinary true story. Watch the trailer for #Victoria & Abdul, starring Academy Award® winner Judi Dench. In Cinemas September 15.

Getting to Osborne and accommodation

Whether you’re travelling by car or by foot, it’s easy to get to Osborne after hopping off your Wightlink ferry.

Alighting in Ryde off our FastCat service, you can grab a route 4 bus from Ryde Bus Station, which will drop you off directly at Osborne House.

Alternatively, if you’re travelling by car and arriving at either our Fishbourne or Yarmouth terminals, simply pop PO32 6JX into your sat nav. 

Why not make a holiday of it? 

Visit our stay section to browse our accommodation partners – you will find last minute hotel deals and gorgeous holiday cottages.

Osborne House,
York Ave, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6JX, England

Costume images supplied by English Heritage

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