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A beautiful palace
Osborne House & Gardens (Isle of Wight)
Member Name: sammo85
Osborne House & Gardens (Isle of Wight)
Advantages: History and a lovely day out
Osborne House is situated on the north east of the Isle of Wight and was home to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. This beautiful palace is such a must see if you live on the Island or here on holiday!
Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert purchased this property with an estate of 342 arces. They had the palace designed and built by arcitect Thomas Cubitt in 1845 and believe it was finished in 1851. The previous house there was then later demolished.
Thomas Cubitt also designed and built Buckingham palace and Brighton pavillion.
This house is so beautiful with amazing surroundings and has it's own beach. The beautiful interior is wonderfully decorated with marble sculptures, super art and portraits.
There is so much history that they allow you to see such as her diarys, letters, hand moulds of her childrens hands and most of the rooms. The tools and general facilities they used in those days and they show you how and what they were used for.
The magnificent grounds that also contain a summerhouse, a museum, swiss cottage and a miniature fort and barracks are somewhat breath taking, so peaceful and tranquil.
*History of Queen Victoria*
Queen Victoria was born at Kensington palace 24th May 1819 and became Queen at the age of eighteen. As a child she was very much protected by her mother and was very isolated from the world. She had strict Kensington rules which was to prevent the princess from ever meeting people whom they deemed undesirable!
She only spoke of german until the age of three, then learnt a whole range of languages (hopefully english! as she was our Queen!) She had to sleep in her mothers bedroom with her until she ascended the throne. Can't really believe that someone could be a regnant of the united Kingdom with a lack of independants and lack of communications to her people.
She later then married Prince Albert her first cousin at aged twenty-one in 1940 at the Chapel Royal of St. James Palace.
Queen Victoria and Albert had their first born Victoria 21st November 1940. They then had eight more.
Prince Albert died in 1861 of typoid fever, Victoria found this extremley hard and wore black for the rest of her life. She out lived three of her nine children and came within several months of out living her fourth. She also out lived 11 of her 42 grandchildren. She then died aged 81 on the 22nd January 1901.
It's a great day out. I would recommend to take a picnic as the range of food they sell there is minimal. They have some sort of cafe that sells mostly refreshments and snacks. They have lots of areas to sit and have a picnic and they have some picnic benches too.
The house itself probably takes 3-4 hours and the outside takes around 2 hours. Make sure you go on a good day as its so worth walking around the grounds to see the museum, swiss cottage and of course taking the pleasure to walk around the wonderfully done landscapes.
There is a lot of walking not just the grounds but the house itself!
They also have a 9 hole golf course which was established in 1904 and was formed in 1972. I have played this course a few times and is one of the most beautiful courses I have played on.
Osborne now belongs to the English heritage and you can have your wedding there and stay at the former Navel colleges cricket pavillion as this was converted into holiday cottages in 2004. If you stay there you even get to use Osbornes private beach that no member of the public get to see.
They have held picnic type concerts there too headlined westlife, Ronan Keating, Girls Aloud, Anastacia and Simply Red.
I went to see girls aloud at Osborne and it was fab! We took a picnic and some booze and sat there on our blankets have a right girly time.
If you are a member of English Heritage then you get in for free and upto six children. The membership costs £44 a year very worth while.
Concession £9.30 they also do special family prices.
Summary: History of Queen Victoria and Osborne House
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