We have changed the opening arrangements of our sites to play our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Osborne is open to local visitors and Members to use for exercise during the lockdown period. You will need to book in advance in order to visit, and we ask everyone to bear in mind the government’s latest advice on travelling before you plan your visit. All the interior spaces will be closed, but the grounds and gardens remain open. We have additional safety measures in place at all of our sites including social distancing, enhanced cleaning and limits on visitor numbers to protect the health of all our Members, visitors, staff and volunteers. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this difficult time.

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Open Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm

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

Please note - the gardens and grounds at Osborne are open. To comply with government guidelines, all interior spaces including the House and Swiss Cottage are currently closed.

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.

  • What parts of the site are closed?

    To comply with the latest government guidance, all indoor areas of Osborne are currently closed. This includes:

    • The House
    • Our Shop
    • The Swiss Cottage and Museum - The Swiss Cottage and Museum remain 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 only.
    • Playgrounds - The play area located near Swiss Cottage is open.
    • Shop - Osborne’s shop will be closed.
    • Toilets - Toilet facilities will be available in the gardens. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available in various locations.

    Plan your Visit

  • 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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  • 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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Guidebook: Osborne

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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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