Osborne House is one of the Isle of Wight’s most treasured gems. Visitors will get a unique glimpse into the lives of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their nine children. Enjoy the royal family’s once-private beach, see the charming Swiss Cottage playhouse (built for the royal kids), and wander through the terraced gardens and beautifully landscaped grounds.

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Queen Victoria and Osborne House

Queen Victoria adored the Isle of Wight. Both she and her children spent as much time as they could here – indeed, the Victorian royal family were instrumental in popularising the sport of yachting, due to the time they spent on the Island. Victoria even had her own yacht club built especially for her!

The grand and palatial Osborne House was built between 1845 and 1851. Because of where Osborne House is on the Isle of Wight, it provides some of the most charming views over the Island. On her first visit to the site, Queen Victoria wrote “it is impossible to imagine a prettier spot”.

Due to the beauty of the house and Victoria’s great love for the Isle of Wight, Osborne remained one of Victoria’s favourite royal residences throughout her life. It was here that she ultimately died, in 1901.

Osborne House today

Today, Osborne House preserves much of the Victorian elegance and splendour of its heyday. Visitors can marvel at the opulence of Queen Victoria’s rooms, including the beautiful Durbar Room, filled with Indian décor gifted to Victoria by her Empire. Even the Queen’s private apartments can be viewed by the public, including her bedroom, her children’s nursery, and the royal bathroom.

The grounds are a marvel of Victorian taste and horticultural expertise. They are beautiful in their own right but also enhance the absolutely stunning views over the Solent. Horticulturalists visiting the Isle of Wight will love Osborne House’s charming walled garden, and Victorian hothouses containing many exotic plants.

Visitors can refresh themselves in the restaurant or café, which serve a variety of mouthwatering meals and snacks.

Children visiting Osborne House will not be bored – there are two playgrounds, adventure trails to enjoy, and plenty for children to discover!

Osborne House prices

Even visitors on a budget can enjoy Osborne House. You can purchase your Osborne tickets through Wightlink at a reduced price when booking your ferry. Simply select a sailing that falls during the attraction’s opening dates and add on your tickets in the Extras menu. 

Ticket type Ticket price
Adult £12.80
Child (5-15 years) £7.68
Infant (0-4 years) FREE
Senior £11.52
Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children)  £33.28

Osborne House Opening Times

Osborne House is open from 10am until 5pm until 31 October. Opening times for Osborne House, like the rest of the Isle of Wight, may alter for holidays during this period. Out of season, opening times vary. See the official website for full details.

Victoria & Abdul

Osborne House is a key setting in the film Victoria & Abdul, in cinemas 15 September. See how you can walk in the footsteps of Queen Victoria on Victoria’s Island Trail.

Getting To Osborne House

Wightlink Ferries are the fastest service running between the Isle of Wight and the mainland. We can whisk you across the Solent in under 22 minutes! Once on the Isle of Wight Osborne House has plenty of regular transport links, and, if you need accommodation, there are plenty of hotels near Osborne House. The Isle of Wight has few more beautiful, historic, and enjoyable attractions – book your ferry today, for your very own royal experience!

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

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