Isle of Wight
Carefree short breaks & holidays
Yorke Avenue, East Cowes, PO32 6JX
Tel: 01983 200022
Open: Vary according to season
Admission prices: Adults £15, children £9, concessions £13.50
Formal gardens © IW Tourism
Queen Victoria's seaside retreat, Osborne House, gives an intriguing glimpse into the home life of our former queen.
New in 2012: explore Queen Victoria's private beach, now open to visitors for the first time. Punch & Judy shows are held at the beach throughout the summer holidays.
View the bedroom Victoria shared with her husband Prince Albert, the nursery their children played in, and take a look below stairs.
Enjoy the grandeur of the royal apartments, including the richly ornate Durbar Room, with its exquisite collection of gifts presented to Queen Victoria from the people of India.
In the grounds, the Swiss Cottage, built for the royal children and replete with miniature furniture, is simply enchanting.
The Victorian walled garden and the Terrace Garden that overlooks the Solent will delight any gardening enthusiast.