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