Osborne offers a real insight into the private lives of Queen Victoria and her family. Their Isle of Wight home can support learning in many aspects of the curriculum, across numerous subjects.
"Our pupils love visiting Osborne as there’s so much to see and do. A trip to the house, the gardens, Swiss Cottage and the beach inspire them and enhance their learning."
Support your teaching in the classroom by stepping out of it. A visit to Osborne will help you bring learning to life, covering multiple topics across the curriculum and key stages.
- KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in the locality. Significant changes beyond living memory. The lives of significant individuals in the past
- KS1 Science: Identify a variety of plants and trees, describe the basic structure of a variety of flowering plants and trees. Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited, identify a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
- KS2 History: A local history study. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066
- KS2 Science: Working scientifically. Identify and name a variety of living things in the local and wider environment
- KS2 Art and Design: Use the house and grounds as inspiration for the pupils' own work, create sketch books to record observations
- KS3 History: A local history study. Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901
- KS3 Art and Design: History of art, craft, design and architecture
Free Self-Led Visits
Enjoy a free self-led visit to Osborne and design your day to suit your curriculum needs. Tour the house, including the state rooms and family rooms and marvel at the exotic Durbar room, containing the gifts and paintings given to Queen Victoria as Empress of India. Explore the extensive grounds, including the beach where you can enjoy a pre-booked ‘Royal Tea’ with your pupils and see the Swiss Cottage Museum.
Due to limitations on capacity inside the main house, booking a time slot to visit is essential. Please request a slot when making your booking.Enquire now
Expert-Led Discovery Visits
Sandford Award winner 2021!
Our award-winning expert-led Discovery Visits are interactive and immersive. Best of all, we lead them for you. At just £100 per session per class they have been specifically designed to meet the needs of different groups across the key stages. Discover the exciting world of Victorian explorers through object handling and storytelling, have housekeeper Mrs Smith put your class through their paces as Victorian household staff, or discover the history and geology of the Isle of Wight.FIND OUT MORE
Take the stress out of planning your visit to Osborne and use our downloadable itineraries. Full of activity ideas and timings, they're a useful tool to make sure you get the most out of your visit. Contact our education bookings team to arrange your school trip.Find out more
Plan Your Trip
We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and further information on our what to expect page.
Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits once you have made a booking, plus a 20% discount on the official English Heritage guidebook for your place of choice.
Once you book your visit you’ll be sent a visit permit, which you’ll need to bring with you on the day.
Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!
Osborne Teachers' Resource Pack (KS2-KS3)
Use the historical information and sources in this pack to learn more about Osborne's story.
Osborne Timeline (KS2-KS3)
Chart the history of Osborne with our timeline.
Osborne Durbar Wing Teachers' Activity Ideas (KS2-KS3)
Discover the Durbar Wing with our suggested activity ideas designed to support learning before, during and after your visit.
Osborne Activity Trail (KS2)
Explore the key features of Osborne with our Activity Trail aimed at Key Stage 2.
Osborne Activity Trail (KS3)
Find out more about the key features of Osborne with our Activity Trail designed for Key Stage 3.
Osborne Outdoor Explorers Kit (KS1-KS3)
Explore Osborne's gardens and grounds with our Outdoor Explorers Kit, featuring historical information, an outdoor trail and suggested activities.
Painting Our Past: The African Diaspora in England (KS1-KS4+)
Find out more about Sarah Forbes Bonetta, Queen Victoria's protégée, in our learning pack and artist Hannah Uzor who created her portrait as part of the Painting Our Past project.
Curators' Collections: Osborne
Explore objects from the collections at Osborne to learn more about Queen Victoria's seaside home and its connection to national and international events.
Teaching the Victorians
Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your teaching of the Victorians.
Queen Victoria Make Up Tutorial
Find out what makeup reveals about Queen Victoria's reign in this tutorial with Makeup Artist Rebecca Butterworth and Fashion Historian Amber Butchart.
How to Make Victorian Petit Fours Biscuits
Join Food Historian Dr Annie Gray as she explains how to make Petit Fours (or 'The Small Biscuits with Tea') using a recipe from the brother of Queen Victoria's Head Pastry Cook.
Postcard from Osborne
Take to the skies above Osborne to discover the site and its surroundings.
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If you’d like more information about a site or one of our workshops, get in touch using the online form on our bookings page to speak to your local Education Visits Officer. We look forward to seeing you soon.