Osborne House

Come and find out and enjoy an intimate insight into Victoria's life at her palatial seaside retreat.

Self Guided Tour
Important Information
Opening Hours

Location: Osborne House, East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6JX

Opening Hours:
House and Grounds
23 March to 30 June: 10am - 5pm
1 July to 31 August: 10am - 6pm
1 Sept to 27 Oct: 10am - 5pm
28 Oct to 3 Nov: 10am - 4pm
4 Nov to 8 Nov: Closed
24 Dec - 26 Dec: Closed

Ground Floor House and Grounds:
9 Nov to 23 Dec, Wednesday-Sunday: 10am - 4pm
27 Dec to 1 January: 10am - 4pm
2 Jan to 14 Feb, Saturday-Sunday: 10am - 4pm
15 Feb to 23 Feb: 10am - 4pm
24 Feb to 30 March, Wednesday to Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Last admission 1 hour before closing.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance.


See where Queen Victoria relaxed with her family away from the public eye. Admire the opulent Royal Apartments and private family bedrooms within the mansion. See how the royal children entertained themselves in the long summer months and how the fleet of servants prepare food for the royal table.

With magnificent gardens rolling away from the house and down to the beach, you can take in the view from the terrace.

See the desks where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert worked, explore the magnificently decorated Durbar Room. The furniture and artefacts reveal intricate details about entertainment at Osborne - from state banquets to family meals. Don't miss the beautifully crafted Indian objects which were sent to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee.

On the lower terrace see the Andromeda fountain fire and take in restored Shell Alcove, decorated with thousands of individual shells.

See where the royal children 'played house' and tended their own gardens down at the Swiss Cottage. There's a rooms dressed as it was on 11th July 1861, when the children prepared afternoon tea for their parents, not long before Prince Albert's tragic death.

Osborne House
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