Facilities at Osborne

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    Free parking 50m from reception centre, and additional parking a further 230m from the house entrance. Disabled visitors may be set down at house entrance (not coaches) by obtaining prior permission on 01983 200022.The courtesy minibus runs from the pick-up point just past Osborne House down to the beach. The return journey takes approximately 15 minutes. 10:30 until 5:00pm, Apr - Sep daily, Oct weekends only.

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    Food and Drink

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    There are four refreshment venues at Osborne.

    Enjoy waiter-service gourmet food at the elegant Terrace Restaurant which serves a seasonal a la carte menu. The Terrace restaurant has wonderful views overlooking the gardens towards the Solent.

    The self-service café in the admission area sells light snacks including tea, coffee, soup, cakes and cold drinks. Kids lunchboxes are also available.

    For a quick bite, the Gazelle House cake shop at the Swiss Cottage also serves a small selection of snacks and cold drinks.

    The Beach Café offers a delicious menu of light refreshments and hot and cold drinks. Refreshements include the Island’s own Minghella ice cream in a range of tempting flavours such as oriental ginger, passionfruit or mango. The café is perfectly situated next to Osborne’s beach, converted from a pavilion built for convalescing officers in the 1940s. Opening times: 10:30am – 3:30pm daily.

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    Picnic Area

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    Enjoy a summer picnic at tables dotted around the grounds. There is also a family picnic area conveniently situated by the children's play-area.

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    Shop

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    Large shop located at the admissions centre selling Victorian themed gifts and an extensive range of jewellery, kids toys, books, jams and drinks.

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    Toilets

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    Male and female toilets are situated at the admissions centre, main house, at the beach and at the Swiss Cottage. Baby changing facilities are also available. Disabled toilet, with ramp access, located at admissions point and main house, Swiss Cottage and the beach.The beach toilets are located in the café. Fancy a paddle? Changing facilities are available at the back of the café or directly from the footpath leading from the minibus drop off point.

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    Dogs

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    Dogs are allowed in parts of the grounds (but not the house, formal gardens, Swiss Cottage or the beach). A dog walkers map is available showing the areas where you can take your dog. Assistance dogs welcome throughout the estate.

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    Museum

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    Nearly all of the artefacts in the House and Swiss Cottage & museum belong to the Royal Collection - unique historic items that belonged to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their children.

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    Exhibition

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    The exhibition in the Petty Officers Quarters  and the House are the best place to start any visit. The displays cover various aspects of the sumptuously furnished house and magnificent grounds, as well as the lives and personalities of the Victorian royal family and the servants who cared for them.

    A lively interactive display at Swiss Cottage gives an insight into childhood at Osborne.

    At Queen Victoria's private beach, new exhibition panels explain how important the beach was to Victoria and her family, and how important it is today as a wildlife habitat.

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    Gardens

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    Osborne is famous for its selection of formal gardens containing rare and unusual plants, and there is also plenty of space to run around. Enjoy the formal terrace gardens, visit the sheltered the walled garden, admire the view the Solent from the Palm Terrace or visit the charming childrens gardens and wild meadow which surround the Swiss Chalet.

    As well as a stunning array of plants, rare red squirrels can be spotted amongst the trees. Gravel, tarmac and concrete provide access for all abilities.

    Benches and rest points are dotted throughout the grounds.

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    Family Friendly

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    Baby Changing Facilities

    Male and female toilets are situated at the admissions centre, main house, the beach and at the Swiss Cottage. Baby changing facilities available at the admissions area, the house and the beach.

    Children's Cutlery

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    Child Sized Portions

    Kids lunchboxes available.

    Highchairs

    Highchairs available in café and restaurant.

    Play Areas / Adventure Playground

    Children's play area located near the visitor car park. There is also plenty of room for children to run and play in the grounds.

    Pushchairs Allowed

    Pushchairs are not permitted within the House, with the exception of disabled access buggies. Pushchairs can be stored at the entrance to the house and baby carriers are available for visitor use.

    Sling Loan

    Slings and baby carriers available.

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    Education

    Education group visits must be pre-booked.

    Family Learning

    Children's trails are available at the house and at Swiss Cottage.

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    Please be aware

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    Be aware of vehicles accessing the adjacent golf club. There are also minibuses operating throughout the grounds. Osborne beach looks its best between high and middle tide.

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    Venue Hire

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    Available for Event Hire

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    Civil Weddings

    Please ask our hospitality coordinator for further details.

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    Holiday Cottages

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    Pavilion Cottage and Sovereign's Gate Holiday Cottages on the Osborne estate

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    Commercial Photography and Filming

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    Photography (without flash or tripod) is permitted in the house. The copyright of the artefacts within the house remains with the Royal Collection.

    English Heritage welcomes all photographers to our sites and we hope you will share your pictures of the outside areas with us on Instagram, Flickr and Facebook.

    We do have some restrictions at certain locations, so if photography is your main reason for visiting, please call the site ahead of your visit to check if any parts of the site are restricted.

    We are keen to promote the use of our sites to location managers and commercial photographers. If you are interested please go to Filming Locations for more information and contacts.

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