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Osborne House

Built between 1845 and 1851, Osborne House was initially constructed as a 'holiday home' for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and today it stands as one of the Isle of Wight's most popular tourist attractions.

Take an intimate glimpse into Queen Victoria’s family life as you tour the nursery and private rooms of Victoria and Albert's Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. Marvel at the magnificence of the Royal Apartments including the sumptuous drawing and dining rooms and the richly decorated Indian-inspired Durbar Room.

Admire the stunning view from the terraces across the Solent and stroll through Osborne’s extensive grounds. Don’t miss the miniature Swiss Cottage, built to teach the royal children the art of household management! Explore Queen Victoria's private beach, open to the public for the first time.

  • Plan Your Visit
  • Location
  • Itinerary
  • Find Osborne prices and opening times. 
  • Book your visit to Osborne via English Heritage.
  • Southern Vectis number 4 bus service goes hourly from Ryde Esplanade bus station, a few minutes walk from our Ryde terminal. Osborne is an approximate 25 minute bus journey. Please visit the Southern Vectis website for more information.
  • Alternatively why not book a Go-Taxi or Hire Car.
  • View our flight timetable.

Once you have made your booking with Osborne, please separately book your Hovertravel flight ticket(s).


Osborne House Estate
East Cowes
Isle of Wight
PO32 6JX

Enjoy a full day exploring Osborne House, the stunning gardens and private beach.

Getting there

  • 09:30 Flight departs from Southsea hoverport
  • 09:40 Flight arrives at Ryde hoverport
  • Short walk from our Ryde hoverport to Ryde Bus Station
  • 09:50 Southern Vectis Bus Service 4 departs Ryde Bus Station
  • 10:15 Southern Vectis Bus Service 4 arrives Osborne House
  • Enjoy a full day at Osborne House

Return journey

  • 16:30 Southern Vectis Bus Service 4 departs Osborne House
  • 16:57 Southern Vectis bus Service 4 arrives Ryde Bus Station
  • Short walk from Ryde Bus Station to our Ryde hoverport
  • 17:15 Flight from Ryde hoverport
  • 17:25 Flight arrives Southsea hoverport

Please note this example itinerary is based on 27th July 2022. Please check our flight times and Southern Vectis bus times ahead of your journey.

© Photo Visit Isle of Wight, credit Cam of Sam / Visit Isle of Wight.