"It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot" - such were the words of Queen Victoria after her first visit to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. No trip to the island would be complete without a visit to this royal seaside palace where Queen Victoria lived with her beloved Prince Albert and their nine children.
Take an intimate glimpse into Queen Victoria’s family life as you tour the nursery and private rooms of Victoria and Albert. Marvel at the magnificence of the Royal Apartments including the sumptuous drawing and dining rooms and the richly decorated Indian-inspired Durbar Room.
Admire the stunning view from the terraces across the Solent – said to remind Prince Albert of the bay of Naples and stroll through Osborne’s extensive grounds.
Queen Victoria's Beach
Explore Queen Victoria's private beach, now open to the public for the first time. "We have quite a charming beach to ourselves," Victoria wrote in 1845 and it was here that the Queen regularly bathed and where her children learned to swim.
The beach is a pleasant 20 minute stroll from the house down the Valley Path - stout footwear is recommended in the winter. Enjoy views across the Solent from Queen Victoria's alcove, and spot seabirds from the shore.
At Swiss Cottage, English Heritage is embarking on an exciting project to reveal the inside story of life as a Victorian royal child. Thanks to funding from donors including the Heritage Lottery Fund; vivid new displays, a garden trail and a new play area will enable families to experience for themselves how the children of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert played and learnt in this unique and special place. This does however mean that the Swiss Cottage and Swiss Cottage Museum will be closed until Spring 2014.
- Victoria and Albert's private rooms at Osborne House
- Horse and carriage rides to the house
- The Queen's 'bathing machine' by her private beach
Before You Arrive
Events At Osborne
Christmas Wreath Making
Fri 6 Dec 2013
Bring out your creative side and make your own Christmas wreath or table arrangement. Lunch will be provided.
Sat 7 & Sun 8 Dec 2013
Experience the spirit of a Victorian Christmas. Have a go at traditional side show games and delight in jovial entertainers, meet Father Christmas and even Queen Victoria as you tour some of the festively dressed rooms of Osborne House.
Christmas at Osborne
Fri 13 Dec
Join us for a delightful tour of Osborne House in the company of Curator, Michael Hunter to discover how this royal residence was prepared for the festive season.