This week’s offering is a flat pictorial image of Queen Victoria’s favourite royal residence, now managed by English Heritage. This property can a part of a long day trip by either car or train + bus. Osborne House is one of the most popular attractions on the Isle of Wight. Get there early just before opening time, before the hoards of tourists enter.
Osborne House can be easily reached by ‘Southern Vectis’ bus, having it’s own named bus stop on service number 4 from Ryde bus station.
Bus number 5 can also be used from Newport.
If travelling from Southampton by Red Funnel, the house is just a mile from the East Cowes ferry terminal, or just catch the number 4 or 5 bus service.
Wikimedia user – OP4
The sumptuous interiors are very ornate, no pictures are allowed to be taken inside Osborne house, shame.
Images are from the English Heritage website page for Osborne house.
The gardens are a gentle relaxing stroll, after the sensory overload of the interior. There are 30 acres of planting to view 20,000 bedding plants and in addition 20,000 bulbs are planted in Autumn for Spring.
The following few photo’s are ‘borrowed’ from the WordPress blog ‘Mid Life OE’. We are now following this blog, because the photographs are very good, and there are interesting day trips too.
Picture by Tony Grant.
There is also a private beach at Osborne, from which Victoria and the royal family used bathing machines to immerse themselves in the Solent. A very nice place to have a picnic to admire the sea views.
Image from userhelp.ch
If you are a member of English Heritage, there are a few EH properties on the IOW that would make the day trip to the Island with a car worthwhile.
- Yarmouth Castle – 8 miles
- St Catherine’s Oratory – 6 miles
- Carisbrooke Castle – 4 miles
- Appuldurcombe House – 9 miles
At present, there is a small fee to visit Appuldurcombe House, EH is in negotiations for it’s members to get free entry.
We recommend getting English Heritage membership if anyone is thinking of visiting the above attractions. The total cost of visiting Osborne House, Carisbrooke Castle and Yarmouth Castle is £25.90. A single membership is £49 for a year, saving half of the money for membership in just one trip. There are special members only offers, as well as advance notice of any events held at EH properties.
Thanks for reading.
Mark & Yvette