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Osborne HouseOsborne House

One of the great historical buildings of our town and a major tourist attraction for visitors to the island.

The house is famous for being the island home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Possessing an early name of Austerbourne (oyster river), it is believed that the first house may have been built during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. 

Prince Albert fell in love with it very early on and purchase for the royal couple was made in 1845. Over the years Prince Albert worked hard on the house and grounds and it became a much loved family home.  After his death in 1861 the Queen spent so much time there mourning him whilst receiving visitors from the Government and other places that it has been said that the Empire was run from East Cowes.

Today the magnificent house and grounds are run by English Heritage and visited by thousands of people from all over the world. Every year in July it hosts special musical events and each Christmas it plays host to a special Victorian Christmas.