OSBORNE HOUSE, ISLE OF WIGHT
The beloved seaside retreat of Queen Victoria offers a glimpse into the private life of Britain's longest reigning monarch. The royal apartments are full of treasured mementos; and Queen Victoria's role as Empress of India is celebrated in the decoration of the Durbar Room. Visit the gardens and the charming Swiss Cottage.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Some attractions not suitable for wheelchair users, access to Swiss Cottage Museum ground floor only, Nursery not accessible. The Walled Garden and Swiss Cottage Garden are heavily gravelled and may be difficult for wheelchair users
- Facilities: Wheelchair loan, handrails, lift to first floor house (may not always be available), sensory garden, tactile garden sculptures, induction loops admission centre
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year daily, Oct, 10-5; 1-12 Nov, Sat-Sun 10-4; 13 Nov-23 Dec, Wed-Thur and Sat-Sun 10-4; 27 Dec-1 Jan, Wed-Sun 10-4; 2 Jan-11 Feb, Sat-Sun 10-4; 12-18 Feb, daily 10-4; 19 Feb-29 Mar, Wed-Sun 10-4; 30 Mar onwards please see website
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About the area
Discover Isle of Wight
There’s a timeless quality to the Isle of Wight. For many it embodies the spirit and atmosphere of English seaside holidays. Small and intimate – at just 23 miles by 13 miles – it’s a great place to get away from it all. And with its mild climate, long hours of sunshine and colourful architecture, it has something of a continental flavour.
Explore the island’s varied coastline at any time of the year using the well-established Coast Path. Even in the depths of winter, the weather conditions are often favourable for walking. The island has more than 500 miles of public rights of way in all. There are numerous other things to do too. You could plan a week’s itinerary and not set foot on the beach. The island’s history is fascinating and it was long considered as a convenient stepping stone for the French in their plan to invade the UK mainland. Various fortifications – including Fort Victoria, Carisbrooke Castle and Yarmouth Castle – reflect its key strategic role in the defence of our coastline.
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