Osborne House

Now an English Heritage Site, Osborne House stands overlooking the Solent offering visitors a truly memorable day out. Once Queen Victoria’s favourite holiday home, Osborne House remains untouched and unchanged, displaying original paintings,sculptures, and artefacts from Victoria and Alberts’ time spent on the Isle of Wight. Developed between 1845 – 1851 especially for the Royal couple, Osborn House quickly became Victoria’s residence of choice to raise her family. Osborne House extends to beautiful landscaped gardens, maintained in the original style, which lead down to the the House’s private beach; once Victoria’s personal beach and now open to the public. Also available to view in the summer months is the Swiss Cottage; nursery to the royal children and where they spent the majority of their childhood when on the Island. For visitors today, a seperate block exists housing the ticket booths, a gift/souvenir shop, delicious cafe/restaurant and a small garden shop selling plants and cuttings from the House’s gardens.

For further info, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/osborne

Osborne House
Osborne House have made excellent adaptations to the house and gardens to allow accessibility without compromising the heritage of the site. Visitors in wheelchairs are able to access most areas of the house, albeit via slightly different routes than ambulant visitors, but this does not distract from the beauty and wonder of this incredible venue.
A truly unique and unforgettable day out
Lift access (to level 2) inside main house
Well thought through adaptations made to route for visitors using wheelchairs; friendly and courteous staff in place to guide and support visitors through route
Free entry if you are an English Heritage member
Gorgeous cafe catering to all dietary requirements
Peaceful, relaxed environment, slow paced with plenty of places to stop and rest
Individual tours available; assistance offered to those with visual or hearing impairments if required.
A few small things to note:
The site is unexpectedly large and distances between buildings is significant. It is advised that if you are an electronic wheelchair or scooter user, please bring a second battery as charging points are limited.
Manual wheelchair users: please note, the main path/road from the entrance building to the house is fairly long and has a significant slope on either side to allow water drainage. Invisble to most, but you'll certainly feel the effects on the chair (and your arms!)
Level 3 of the house is sadly not accessible to wheelchair users.

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