Osborne

The ground floor of the House, grounds and gardens of Osborne are open for you to visit. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. 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. There are other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different. Please ensure you have read the information on this page before booking your visit.

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Open Daily 10am - 5pm

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

Please note - Due to the need for social distancing, it has not been possible to reopen the historic interior of Osborne's upper floors, Swiss Cottage and museum. The ground floor of Osborne, our extensive gardens and grounds and Queen Victoria's private beach are open for you to visit and enjoy.

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?
    • 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 remain closed.
  • What changes have you made to your facilities?
    • Café - The Beach Café will be open for takeaway service offering snacks and refreshments. The Orangery is open for hot and cold snacks, local butchers pork and leek sausages, pasties, soup of the day, baguettes and sandwiches and cream teas and cakes. The Gazelle house cake stop adjacent to Swiss Cottage is also open for takeaway drinks and snacks.
    • Playgrounds - The play area located near Swiss Cottage is open.
    • Shop - Osborne’s shop will be open with a one way system in place.
    • Toilets - Toilet facilities will be available in the gardens. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available in various locations.

    Plan your Visit

  • Is the mini bus service available?
    • Mini bus service - We are operating a limited mini bus service between the house and Queen Victoria’s Beach. As the service is running at reduced capacity, we kindly ask that visitors who are able to explore the site without making use of this service do so. Please speak to a member of staff upon arrival for further information.
  • 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.

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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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 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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