The Beach at Osborne

Queen Victoria's Seaside Pleasures 

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert spent many enjoyable hours on the beach at Osborne. Visitors can see the very place the royal children learned to swim and enjoy the same magnificent views across the Solent. 

History of the beach

Bathing Machine and Alcove 

See the fully restored bathing machine used by Queen Victoria on the beach she so loved. This strange contraption was used to preserve the queen's modesty, as it concealed her from view whilst bathing in the sea.

Bathing machine

Plan Your Visit 

There are plenty of facilities for vistors next to the beach, including a new cafe, toilets with changing rooms, deck chair hire and a minibus shuttle down from the main house. 

Plan your visit

Fun and Games

On July weekends and every day in August enjoy seaside fun from a bygone era, with 1850s Punch and Judy shows to games of quoits, skittles and other traditional Victorian activities.

Family entertainment

Wildlife and Nature

The Osborne estate is home to a variety of rare plants and wildlife, including red squirrels and unusual trees chosen by Prince Albert. The beach itself is an important haven for nature.

What will you see?

The Beach Café

Treat yourself to a knickerbocker glory at the new stylish beach café. Converted from a pavilion built for convalescing officers in the 1940s, the café offers light refreshments and a range of delicious ice creams.

Tempting treats