"We drove down to the seashore and remained there for an hour playing with the children who were so happy." Queen Victoria's Journal, 5 March 1846
Sit in the shade of Queen Victoria's seaside seat. This vibrant alcove - known as an exedra - is richly decorated with colourful blue and pink tiles and offers stunning views across the Solent towards Portsmouth and the Hampshire coast.
These views reminded Victoria of the Mediterranean, and she often sat in her alcove to sketch or write letters. Fully restored, this is a delightful spot for quiet contemplation.
The Bathing Machine
"Drove to the beach with my maids and went in the bathing machine, where I undressed and bathed in the sea (for the 1st time in my life)… I thought it delightful till I put my head under water, when I thought I should be stifled." Queen Victoria's Journal 30 July 1847
Prince Albert believed that sea bathing was beneficial to health, and a bathing machine was installed at Osborne in 1846 at his request, so that Victoria could enjoy the waters.
See it fully restored on the beach that Victoria enjoyed with her family. This curious object was used by the queen to preserve her modesty. It has a veranda at the front where curtains concealed her from view whilst she bathed.
Inside is a changing room and a plumbed in toilet. The whole contraption was run into the sea from the beach along a long ramp, and pulled back using a wire rope and winch!