Osborne House

Enter your dates to find available activities

Osborne House: Our most recommended tours and activities

Isle of Wight: Osborne Admission Ticket

1. Isle of Wight: Osborne Admission Ticket

Admire the opulent Royal Apartments and private family bedrooms within the mansion. See the twin desks where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert worked. Explore the magnificently decorated Durbar Room. The furniture and artifacts reveal intricate details about entertainment at Osborne, from state banquets to family meals. Currently, only the lower floor of Osborne House is open for visitors to view. See where the royal children played house and tended their own gardens down at the Swiss Cottage. There's a room dressed as it was on 11th July 1861, when the children prepared afternoon tea for their parents, not long before Prince Albert's tragic death.  Stroll in the pleasure gardens, alongside historic trees, and enjoy the Victorian Walled Garden much as the royal couple did. Take a trip down to the royal family's once jealously guarded private beach, with Victoria's restored bathing machine.

Isle of Wight Day Trip from London

2. Isle of Wight Day Trip from London

Depart London and travel by luxury coach to cross by ferry to the Isle of Wight, a popular holiday destination since Victorian times. Separated from the mainland of England by the Solent, the Isle of Wight is home to annual festivals such as Bestival, along with well-conserved wildlife and some of the richest cliffs and quarries for dinosaur fossils in Europe. Visit some of the island's beautiful villages, including Godshill, home to some lovely thatched cottages and a model village. Go to the seaside village of Shanklin, where attractions include 2 sandy beaches and the wooded coastal ravine of the Shanklin Chine. Benefit from plenty of free time to explore at your leisure. Spend the rest of the day exploring the island's many charms before you return to the mainland by ferry and drive back to London by coach.

3-day Isle of Wight & the Southern Coast Small-Group Tour

3. 3-day Isle of Wight & the Southern Coast Small-Group Tour

Day 1: Get your sunglasses and sun cream ready, you’re departing London and heading to the sunny, southern Isle of Wight. First, head to the ancient port-city of Portsmouth. This bustling spot blends modern marvels with centuries of sea-faring stories. You can grab a bite to eat here before your guide picks you up and takes you to the ferry at Gunwharf Terminal. It takes less than an hour and there’s plenty of onboard refreshments. Your first stop on the Isle of Wight is the important religious site of Quarr Abbey. The building here is beautiful and combines French, Byzantine, and Moorish designs. Then, you will get to meet some real local heroes. In the evening, you'll arrive at the unforgettably quaint village of Shanklin in time for an early dinner.  Day 2: Today, you’re going to discover the unmissable highlights of the Isle of Wight. After an enjoyable breakfast you will venture to the Yarborough Monument. This is the tallest monument on the island and celebrates the life of a wealthy earl from the 19th century. Continue to a photo-stop at the beautiful views of endless green fields at Brading Downs and then head to Osborne House - Queen Victoria's holiday destination! Explore the Italian-style building and discover pristine green gardens, ornate golden rooms, and historically fascinating artefacts. After witnessing that magnificent man-made marvel, it’s time to see the Isle of Wight’s most beautiful natural wonder, the Needles. These sharp white stacks that stick out of the ocean are beautiful to behold. You can hop on a boat to get close to them and venture to an old defensive battery that’s nearby. Your last stop today is at the cliffs of St. Catherine’s Down. As the sun starts to set, these epic cliffs and green valleys look stunning. You travel back to Shanklin in time for dinner. Day 3: In the morning, say goodbye to Shanklin and head on the ferry back to Portsmouth. Now that you’ve reacquainted yourself with the mainland, travel to one of England’s most history-soaked cities, Winchester. Visit the glorious cathedral, an ancient mill, cute cafes, and more than enough museums. After you’ve studied up on the history of England, it’s time to go have some fun. Visit the home of one of the world’s most popular gins, Bombay Sapphire. Once you’ve had enough of the tipple, it’s time to head back to London. Make a short stop at Runnymede before arriving in London in the evening.

Frequently asked questions about Osborne House

What are other attractions than Osborne House that are worth visiting in Isle of Wight?

The other must-see attractions in Isle of Wight are:

What are the most popular Osborne House tours and tickets?

How can I visit Osborne House?

Possible ways to visit the Osborne House:

To enter Osborne House, you need to have a ticket or be part of a guided tour.

Other Sightseeing Options in Osborne House

Want to discover all there is to do in Osborne House? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Osborne House

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 489 reviews

If you love your Royal History you will definitely love this. There is so much to see and learn from your tour. The house is a complete moment in history, with original furniture and pieces for the public to see. The relationship between Victoria and Albert is everywhere you look and the love for their 9 x children. The Swiss Cottage is a must. This shows Albert in his fantastic capacity as teacher, philosopher and caring father. The children’s allotments are amazing and the concept of teaching the Prince’s and Princess’s that life is not all about privilege and wealth, but hard work and vital life skills to survive.

Beautiful property and grounds. Gives a real feeling of history. Staff lovely and helpful, nice gift shop and cafe. Well worth a visit. There is a bus for rude between beach and Swiss house for 1km in case walking difficult. There are stairs in house so ground floor and 1st floor by elevator only accessible for wheelchairs.

2nd visit to the island and this amazing house and gardens. You need tge full day to enjoy every aspect of ypur visit including walks to the Swiss Cottage and Victoria's Beach for an ice cream and views. I will definitely include this again in any return visit to the island

Osbourne house is a fabulous visit , lots to see plenty of space . Lovely places just to sit and watch. Plenty of volunteers to help with history or locations .

Very interesting visit to a beautiful house and grounds. Fascinating insight into the lives of Victoria, Albert and their children.