Osborne House, ancient black and white photograph

Osborne House


Visit the royal seaside palace where Queen Victoria lived. Admire the State Rooms and look into the Family Rooms. The grounds are a joy to explore with stunning views of the Solent and Queen Victoria's Beach.  Dine on the Terrace Restaurant, or have afternoon tea in the Orangery.

What makes it special

  • See where Queen Victoria holidayed
  • Fantastic views

Opening Times:

To March 2019:

Monday & Tuesday: closed (except school holidays)

Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 16:00

Summer 2019:

Every day 10:00 to 18:00 (except Bank Holidays closes at 16:00)


English Heritage Member: Free
Adult: £18.50 (with Gift Aid £20.40)
Child (5-17 years): £11.10 (with Gift Aid £12.30)
Concession: £16.70 (with Gift Aid £18.40)
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children): £48.10 (with Gift Aid £53.10)

Before 1st April and after 4th November it's cheaper.

Hostels nearby

Osborne House

EAST COWES, Isle of Wight, PO32 6JT

Map references

OS Grid Ref: SZ 516 947

Lat/Lng: 50.750434, -1.269754

Contact information

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The Tennyson Downs walk is an amazing walk with great views across the entire island. Watch out for the rare butterfly resident to the Isle of Wight “the Glanville Fritillary”.


Watersports in Brighstone

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Totland Bay and Freshwater Bay provide surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding and coasteering. Colwell Bay is great for kite surfing and at Compton Bay you can go surfing.

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See the New Forest National Park like never before! Enjoy grandstand views on an exhilarating, open-top ride through pretty villages and magical landscapes, passing wandering ponies.

Cycling in forest

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