Osbourne House - Queen Victoria


Osbourne House
Isle of Wight

PO32 6JX







About Osbourne House
The parterre gardens and terraces have all been restored to their Victorian layout and are once again planted in seasonally changing Victorian bedding. These terraces host the many statues which Victoria and Albert bought to decorate these formal areas.

Herbaceous borders planted with sub tropical and unusual species very fashionable at the time of Queen Victoria.
Pleasure grounds containing mature specimens of unusual trees, many of which were some of the first introductions into Britain planted by dignitaries and royalty in Victorian times.

The garden adjoining the Swiss Cottage, developed for Victoria and Albert's children where they could learn the domestic skills of gardening. Vegetables and fruit were grown which were sold to Prince Albert, at commercial rates for use in the house, providing them with a practical exercise in market gardening and commerce. A small thatched summerhouse contains the scaled-down garden tools branded with their owner's initials, which the Royal children used. (Queen Victoria's famous bathing machine can be seen by the public site nearby.)

The walled fruit and flower garden has been restored and opened in July 2000 as part of the English Heritage Contemporary Heritage Garden initiative. Designed by Rupert Golby, it represents the dynamic nature of the fruit and flower planting of this important aspect of the Osborne Estate. Features include a variety of Victorian trained fruit trees, expansive cut flower borders and rose and fruit arches. 
A circuitous walk, the Ring Walk, has been restored which takes in historic features like the mount, the pond and the restored ice-house.



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Directions

Osbourne House

Road Access: 1 mile SE of East Cowes
Train Access: Ryde Esplanade 7 miles; Wootton (Isle of Wight Steam Railway) 3miles
Bus Access: Southern Vectis 4, Ryde – E Cowes; 5 Newport – E Cowes
Ferry Access: East Cowes 11⁄2 mile (Red Funnel 0870 4448898); Fishbourne 4 miles; Ryde 7 miles (Wightlink 0870 5827744; Hovercraft: Ryde 01983 811000)

 


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