Osborne House and Godshill Day Trip
Enjoy a great day out exploring these two beautiful locations
Start the day at Osborne House, the holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Inside the house you can see the state rooms where they entertained their important guests. Heads of state and other royalty would have dined here at Osborne House which was designed and furnished to the tastes of the Queen of England.
The family rooms will give you an insight into how the Queen and her 9 children would have lived. See the sitting room and the balcony where they used to listen to nightingales on a summers evening. You can even visit the Queen's bedroom where she died in 1901.
Osborne House leads onto Osborne Beach which was the Queen's private beach. Take a look inside her bathing machine to see where she got undressed and maybe have a quick paddle yourself!
The house is surrounded by beautiful gardens which provide a place to relax and enjoy the seasonal colour all year round. Take a moment to wander round the walled gardens and maybe explore the parkland with it's historic trees, many planted by Prince Albert himself.
If you have children with you then you'll be glad to know there are two playgrounds for them to have a run around in and burn off some energy! The first is by the visitor centre and the second by the Swiss Cottage, which has many family activities to enjoy. The Swiss Cottage gives you a chance to see how the 9 children would have spent their time at Osborne House.
Godshill is a classic English village and has some of the oldest architecture on the island. With its delightful medieval church, charming thatched-roofed cottages and a winding main-street lined with traditional tearooms, Godshill is as picturesque as it is popular.
There is a fabulous collection of traditional tearooms in the village along with an interesting range of shops offering local crafts and produce, such as ciders, pickles, mustards and biscuits.
Godshill also has a very popular and highly detailed model village. First opened in 1952 with models of Shanklin. However when it was taken over by Robin Thwaite in the late 60's he made models of Godshill with the help of the model makers at Pinewood Studios! His family still own and lovingly run it today.
The medieval All Saints Church (which gave the village its name!) overlooks the village from the hill and is a short but steep climb up either the steps or Church Hollow road.