Exploring Osborne House and Gardens With An Image Map

Osborne House is a former royal residence in East Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK. The house was built between 1845 and 1851 for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a summer home and rural retreat.

"It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot", said Queen Victoria of Osborne House, her palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight. Victoria and Albert's private apartments, their bathing beach and children's play-cottage offer an intimate glimpse of royal family life. Stroll through the garden terraces where the stunning views across the Solent reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples.

Areas of the image below, have been 'magnetised', slide your mouse across the image, when you cross a 'magnetised' spot your mouse turns to a 'hand', these are the areas that have been 'mapped' or linked to a descriptive HTML Page. As the mouse hovers, a tag will appear naming the item, click and read in more detail about Osborne House.

The Servant's Quarters Queen Victoria's House The Main House The Corner Garden The Petty Officers Quarters The Ornamental Herb Garden The Compass Garden West Clock Tower Steps to Sunken Garden

Unoccupied Royal residences

In addition to the official current and former Royal residences of The Queen and her predecessors, numerous buildings throughout the United Kingdom have some kind of Royal connection. Many of these can be visited today and include Osborne House, the beloved home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on the Isle of Wight, now under the management of English Heritage.