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The house and estate created by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at Osborne are unrivalled for the intimate insight they give us into their private lives. This seaside retreat from court life gave them the chance to indulge their interests and express their tastes. It is truly their creation, from the replica Swiss Cottage where their children learned housekeeping to the extraordinary Durbar Room, a tribute to the queen’s love of India.
Delve into Osborne’s history and the lives of Victoria, Albert and their children here.
Read a full history of Victoria and Albert’s seaside retreat, from the time the royal couple bought the estate to the present day.
Queen Victoria was crowned when she was just 18, and her reign lasted 63 years. Find out more about her life and reign.
Discover how Osborne House’s Italianate design – the inspiration of Prince Albert – came to be imitated in public buildings throughout the British Empire.
Prince Albert and Queen Victoria had nine children, five girls and four boys, over 17 years. Find out more about their personalities and interests.
Victoria and Albert were almost always at Osborne for their birthdays. Find out how they celebrated these occasions, and what the gifts they exchanged tell us about their private lives.
The collections at Osborne remain the single most important example of the shared tastes of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. View some of the collection highlights.
Read the story behind a flower bed created at Osborne in 2018 to commemorate the garden staff of the Royal Parks who lost their lives in the First World War.
Read the extraordinary life story of the African child who was ‘gifted’ to Queen Victoria and became her protégée. Both Sarah and her daughter visited the queen at Osborne.
Use this description of the house and gardens to discover how every aspect of Osborne reflects Victoria and Albert’s tastes and style.
Explore Osborne’s exquisite banqueting hall with this high definition virtual tour created by Google Arts & Culture.
At Osborne Victoria and Albert took walks together, grew vegetables with their children, and planted hundreds of trees. Take a journey through a year of seasonal garden highlights at Osborne.
Find out how Victoria and Albert’s children used the Swiss Cottage, their very own playhouse built by Prince Albert to imitate an Alpine building.
Download this PDF plan of Osborne to see how the house developed in the course of Queen Victoria’s reign.
This comprehensive guidebook includes a tour and history of the house, with many historical photographs and drawings.
Osborne’s importance lies in its uniquely close association with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and in the survival of the house and its original contents largely intact.
Learn about the research that has been carried out on Osborne to date, and the gaps that remain in our knowledge.
Use this summary of the main written and visual sources for our knowledge and understanding of Osborne to find out more.
Discover how English Heritage worked to protect the historic planting that covers the walls of the terraces during conservation work.
During Queen Victoria’s long reign, Britain acquired unprecedented power and wealth, and its reach extended across the globe.
Although the Victorian era was a period of extreme social inequality, industrialisation brought about rapid changes in everyday life.
The architectural profession is largely a Victorian creation. From the 1820s, architects began to experiment with a profusion of styles.
The Victorian era saw the Church of England become increasingly only one part of a vibrant and often competitive religious culture.