Address: York Ave, East Cowes PO32 6JX
Open 10am-4pm-6pm ( depending on season )
Entry fee from £12.00 adult £7.20 child Aprl 2017-March 2018
Construction started 1845
Osborne House is probably, except for "The Needles", the most well known attraction on the Island. It was built as a summer house for Queen Victoria and Prince albert between 1845 and 1851. Queen Victoria actually died in the house in 1901. The house was actually designed by Prince Albert along with his architect and builder Thomas Cubitt. A lot of the furnishings were financed by selling the Brighton Royal Pavilion.
Apart from the beautiful rooms inside Osborne House, the Swiss Cottage located in the grounds and built especially for the royal children is must see. There are extensive grounds extending down to the shoreline, hothouses and a lovely walled garden.
Queen Victoria once wrote
"It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot"