What to KnowAs you might expect, this incredible royal home is every bit fit for a Queen. State rooms are furnished with silk chaise lounges. Remarkably, the familys regal bedrooms are open to visitors even the Queens bedroom in which she died in 1901. Prince Alberts suite was carefully preserved by the Queen in her lifetime and remains that way today. The house has its own private beach also open to visitors. The Queen regularly bathed in the sea, and her children learned to swim there! Guests are welcome to swim, sunbathe, and enjoy ice creams from the seashore cafe. The royal children were built their very own playhouse known as the Swiss Cottage. Their toys and games are displayed there as well as information about each of the nine children. Explore the lovely gardens and take in relaxing sea views as the kids play in the Cottage or in one of two playgrounds at Osborne. There is an entry fee to Osborne House, which varies between ages, with a discount for families. There is also an Overseas Visitor Pass, which allows entry for several days. Learn more about prices here. Note that during winter months (November-April) some parts of the site are closed. Swiss Cottage and the Beach Caf will be shut. Conservation work on the house mainly takes place in winter, so some rooms may be off limits.
Where to StayStay in Newport or East Cowes for easy access to Osborne House. Here are some ideal locations:
- Newport Quay Hotel: This cosy B&B offers large family rooms in the centre of Newport. There are easy bus links or road routes to Osborne.
- Albert Cottage Hotel: This hotel was built in the 1840s by Prince Albert himself as part of the Osborne estate. Set in East Cowes only a stones throw from Osborne House, the hotel has a range of different guest rooms. The hotels Consort Restaurant & Bar is open for breakfast, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, and room service, too. For the full royal experience, book your island stay here!
- Waverley Park Holiday Centre: Perfect for families with kids, Waverley Park has play areas, an outdoor pool, and daily entertainment. Choose from an apartment, caravan, or camping option for your stay. The park is a short walk from the East Cowes ferry and just over a mile from Osborne.