The ground floor of the House, grounds and gardens of Osborne are open for you to visit, and operating normal winter opening hours within tier 1 restrictions. Full Covid-secure measures are in place, and you need to book your visit in advance.

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Open Weds - Sun 10am - 4pm

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York Avenue, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6JT

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    Advance booking is now essential. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. Make sure you've read our ticketing FAQ before you book.

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  • What parts of the site are closed?
    • First floor of House - Due to the need to maintain social distancing, the upper floors of Osborne remain closed. The ground floor of the House will be open with social distancing measures in place. The Grand corridor, State Rooms and Durbar Wing will be open with a one-way system in place. Some areas including the Exhibition Room, Council Room Corridor and Table Deckers will be closed.
    • Swiss Cottage and Museum - The Swiss Cottage and Museum remains closed for winter and will reopen in April 2021.
  • What changes have you made to your facilities?
    • Café - The Beach Café will be open for takeaway service offering snacks and refreshments from 10.30am - 3pm. 
    • Playgrounds - The play area located near Swiss Cottage is open.
    • The Orangery - The Orangery will be offering a take away service.
    • The Terrace Restaurant - The restaurant will be open and serving a winter warmer menu.
    • Toilets - Toilet facilities will be available in the gardens. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available in various locations.


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  • How are you keeping us safe?

    We've made a number of changes to help keep you safe. Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

    General Safety Information

  • Do I need to wear a face covering?

    Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas. We won't be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

What's On

Hire Osborne

Inspirational and intimate, Osborne is a venue that will welcome and wow your guests. Hold your event in rooms bursting with colour and regal splendour, or down in the wood-fringed private beach. A marquee over-looking the sea is a memorable setting in which to hold your reception and celebrations, emanating the extravagant events hosted by the Queen herself.

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Guidebook: Osborne

Price: £5.50

 Osborne Timeline

1774-81Blachford Family

Robert Pope Blachford extends and adapts an existing house into a three-storey residence, with a walled kitchen garden and a brick stable block.

1844-5Victoria and Albert

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert lease Osborne House from Lady Isabella Blachford.

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Live and breathe the story of England at royal castles, historic gardens, forts & defences, world-famous prehistoric sites and many others.


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