During our recent press trip to the Isle of Wight we headed to Osborne House on the recommendation of my mother in law. This beautiful attraction was the holiday home of Queen Victoria. I can imagine royal life was simply wonderful in such a pretty part of the world. I wasn’t sure if the attraction would be the boys cup of tea, but there were parts they appreciated.
We are first year members of Cadw so fortunately only had to pay half price to visit this English Heritage property. Next year English Heritage properties are included with our Cadw membership, so I hope to visit many more properties then. It would have been a bit expensive otherwise, £44.70 for our family of four. Although at that price its worth investing in annual membership to the English Heritage at a cost of £99. Your almost half way to the cost after this one visit! Then you can enjoy a year’s worth of days out.
What we got up to in Osborne House
We really liked finding Queen Victoria’s Beach. You are welcome to paddle or even swim in the sea, but it wasn’t warm enough for us yet!
It was a bit of a walk there. But I like the boys having fresh air and stretching their legs. You can use the mini bus if you prefer (this runs between April and October). If you are lucky you might spot some red squirrels on the walk there. There are lots of wood carvings of different animals that live in the woods. The boys enjoyed reading the information on each one.
The boys thought Swiss Cottage was fantastic fun. Swiss Cottage was built by Prince Albert for his nine young children! What lucky children, my boys had to make do with a tiny plastic playhouse when they were little ones! It wasn’t just about play here though, they learnt lots of practical skills he thought would help them as future rulers. Such as cooking, gardening and managing their accounts. They would sell the vegetables they grew to make themselves money.
My boys liked trying on a fancy-dress costume each and seeing all the different items the children used to collect. Even though this section mainly appeals to children, adults will appreciate learning more about how they lived back then too.
The house itself was magnificent, so much to see. All the belongings still there, the rooms fully furnished and many of them looking extremely grand and ornate. Make sure you look up and appreciate the ceilings too! You can take pictures inside the house just make sure your flash is turned off.
It’s a real taste of history and you feel very privileged to have the chance to explore like this.
The gardens are impressive, coming to life with lots of pretty flowers blossoming.
Do have a look at the bluebell wood if you get a chance.
If you are visiting with children there is a lovely play park to the side of the car park before you go in and pay.