3 things to do at Osborne House
Learn about family history
Osborne House, Isle of Wight
Osborne House was the place that Queen Victoria escaped to to try to experience some “normal” family life. It offers a more personal insight into the life of the Royal Family, and of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s relationship. See the royal nursery, the place the royal children learnt to cook and learn how Prince Albert was involved in the design of the house. There’s also the splendid Royal Apartments and the ornate Durbar room. For more information visit the Osborne website
Enjoy the grounds and gardens
Views of the grounds at Osborne House
From the terrace of the house, there’s a magnificent view down the formal terraces set against the background of the Solent. Stroll around the grounds and take in the views, and visit the walled gardens where an extensive range of fruit, vegetables and flowers are grown. Take a walk to the Swiss Cottage, where there’s a small museum and a kitchen garden where the Royal children learnt to grow vegetables. For the less energetic, the free minibus visits both the Swiss Cottage and the private beach.
Take a trip to the beach
Queen Victoria’s bathing machine
Queen Victoria’s private beach at Osborne House has recently been opened to the public and offers great views across the Solent and a lovely sandy beach. Sit and enjoy an ice cream in the traditional pavilion and watch the activity on the water. See Queen Victoria’s bathing machine where she protected her modesty while enjoying a bracing paddle in the sea!