For me no trip to the Isle of Wight should be contemplated without planning a trip to Osborne House, the famous home of Queen Victoria. It’s one of the island’s biggest attractions and for a visitor, offers a glimpse into the life of one of Britain’s most famous historic figures.
We visited in February and were lucky enough to have a wonderfully bright and crisp day to accompany our visit. Visiting a historic point of interest is always a balancing act with a young family, my wife and I want to be able to take in the history without being those people whose restless children ruin the experience for others.
We arrived to a relatively empty car park and loved the fact that there were no queues and we were paid up and inside in a matter of minutes. Out of season you have to take a guided tour and parts of the house are closed off. A short walk through the grounds and we found ourselves at the meeting point for the tour. As we started our tour the thought occurred to me that visiting in the off season means smaller tour groups and a more personal service.
We loved the tour and the guide was brilliant at engaging the younger members of the group along the way, thus helping us avoid being an irritant to our fellow tour party members. Once the tour finished we walked the through grounds at our leisure and really enjoyed the tranquil surrounds.
After a spot of lunch in the café, again with no queues, we left Osborne House and reflected on how lucky we were to have had the chance to visit. What really struck us was how personal the whole experience felt from start to finish, I can only imagine how busy it would be in the height of the season. Luckily I only had to imagine that, as our experience was relaxed and exceptionally enjoyable – not bad at all for a guided tour of a historic house with young children. Osbourne House is a must, and going out of season is an absolute no brainer if you can.