Once the seaside palace of Queen Victoria and her husband Albert, Osborne House is now owned by English Heritage and it looks every inch the beloved home of royalty. The palace and its gardens are much as they were when Victoria and her nine children enjoyed their summers there, so the tour means visitors get to glimpse behind the public image and into the private lives of the family.
The private rooms of the royal couple remain untouched, and it’s easy to imagine the children playing in the nurseries. This is an attraction with history and heart, so don’t miss the chance to visit during your Isle of Wight holiday. After her first trip to the Isle of Wight Queen Victoria famously said “it’s impossible to imagine a prettier spot”, and the views of the Solent from the terraces make it easy to understand why she fell in so love with it.
It isn’t only the house that’s impressive, the grounds also include Queen Victoria’s private beach and it’s only just recently opened to the public. This is the very spot where the queen would bathe, and the children were taught to swim in the waters here. Look out for the bathing machine which offered the queen privacy whilst changing.
The grounds are so expansive that it’s easy to forget where you are, but you’ll be reminded of just how important the house once was when you catch sight of the miniature Swiss Cottage - built specially for the children, as they were taught the art of managing a household in it. Why not arrive at Osborne House in style with a horse and carriage ride through the grounds to the door?