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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."

Sam Sillito
Headteacher

Curriculum links

As home to one of the most well-known Queens of England and her forward thinking husband Prince Albert, Osborne house and estate has a lot to offer educationally. There are many curriculum links across numerous subjects:

  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality. Significant changes beyond living memory. The lives of significant individuals in the past
  • KS1-3 Science: Use the gardens to find out more about living things and habitats
  • KS2-3 History: A local history study. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS2-3 Art: Use the house and grounds as inspiration for the pupils' own work
  • KS3 History: Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901

Free Self-Led Visits

Enjoy a free self-led visit to Osborne and design your day to suit your curriculum needs. Explore the house and grounds, including the beach and the Swiss Cottage. In the education room, dress up like a Royal child living at Osborne and use our replica grocery, based on the original one used by the Royal children in the Swiss Cottage, to weigh out goods and work out the total cost. 

Due to limitations on capacity inside the main house and the Swiss Cottage, booking a time slot to visit these is essential. Please request a slot when making your booking. If you wish to use the Education Room, it must also be requested when making your booking. 

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Expert-Led Discovery Visits

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 Pilkington put your class through their paces as Victorian household staff, or discover the history and geology of the Isle of Wight.

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Plan Your Trip

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. 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 for group leaders once you have made a booking. Our Education Booking Team is on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: Free car park with accessible parking bays, 50m from admissions centre. Coach parking is 250m from the entrance
    • TOILETS: Toilets including accessible toilets are located at the admissions centre, by the main house, at the Swiss Cottage and in the café at the beach
    • LUNCH: Unfortunately there is no lunch room at Osborne, however students are welcome to bring packed lunches and picnic in the grounds
    • EDUCATION ROOM: Dress up in costumes and discover what it would have been like as a Royal child at Osborne. Use our replica grocery based on the one the royal children used in the Swiss Cottage. The education room must be requested when you book your visit
    • SHOP: Shop at the admissions centre selling a range of gifts, souvenirs and books. Goody bags available to pre order
    • BAG STORE: A room has been set aside where the students can store their bags whilst in the house. Otherwise they will need to carry their bags with them
  • How to book

    0370 333 0606

  • Education Opening Times

    • March: Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 – 16.00
    • April to September: Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 18.00
    • October: Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 17.00
    • November to February: Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 16.00

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