- Visit the holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
- Discover the original contents of the 19th century residence
- Admire the Italian style of the house and gardens
- See the magnificent Durbar Room inspired by the Queen’s love for India
What's Included in the tour
What's Excluded in the tour
- Last entry to Osborne House is 1 hour prior to closing.
- Tickets cannot be cancelled but may be amended 72 hours prior to entry.
- This tour is disabled friendly.
Referred to as ‘a little paradise’ by Queen Victoria, Osborne House was a summer retreat for the Queen, Prince Albert and their children for over 50 years. Looking to escape the pressures of London, the house was built in an Italian style with a pair of towers and terraces connected by stairs since the surrounding environment reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples.
Osborne House gives a marvellous yet intimate insight into the lives of the royal couple and their children. Much of the original contents of this 19th century royal residence are intact and showcase the tastes and interests of the Queen and Prince Albert. See birthday and Christmas gifts the couple gave one another, explore the private family bedrooms, and admire the opulent Royal Apartments.
As the Empress of India, Queen Victoria commissioned a new wing featuring the Durbar Room. Inspired by the architectural styles of northern India, the spectacular dining room showcasing a peacock chimneypiece and ornately crafted gifts sent over for the Queen’s Jubilee was the venue for European royalty dinners. The Queen also appointed Indian servants and learnt Hindi.
Venture out into the magnificent gardens to see the best surviving example of Prince Albert’s taste as a designer. The colour of the terraces and bedding schemes were all chosen by the Prince to accentuate the Italian style of the Renaissance featured in the rest of the house. As you explore the lower terrace, you’ll see the Andromeda fountain and restored Shell Alcove, decorated with thousands of individual shells from Osborne’s beach.
Tucked behind the trees lies Swiss Cottage ¬— a private space built by Prince Albert for the nine young children. Inside, the royal children learned about the world around them by baking cakes, preparing luncheons for their parents, housekeeping and running a toy grocer’s. They also each had their own plot in the garden where they grew fruits, vegetables and flowers using miniature tools.
Location: Osborne House, East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6JX
April to June: 10am - 5pm
July to August: 10am - 6pm
Sept to Oct: 10am - 5pm
30 Oct to 5 Nov: 10am - 4pm
11 Nov to 23 Dec: 10am - 4pm
26 Dec to 28 March: 10am - 4pm
Last admission 1 hour before closing.