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As home to one of the most well-known Queens of England, Osborne house and estate has a lot to offer educationally. Albert was a great forward thinker and this is apparent across the estate.
This provides many possible curriculum links across numerous subjects including:
KS1: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
KS1: Changes beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.
KS1: The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
KS2 & 3: A local history study.
KS2 & 3: A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
KS3: Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901.
Use the gardens to find out more about living things and their habitats
Use the house and grounds as inspiration for the pupils to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas.
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Coaches can drop off close to the main entrance at kerb level. A 100-150m walk along a level footpath is then required but does not involve mixing with live traffic. After drop-off, coaches move to a parking area.
Situated in part of the Petty Officers' Quarters, a large gift shop and cafe adjoin the ticket office. If you are a large party, on arrival send a representative to collect the tickets and ask for the side gate to be opened. This will avoid the need to bring the group through the often-busy shop.
The exhibition in the Petty Officers' Quarters is a great place to start any visit. Discover the story behind the magnificent house and grounds, as well as the lives of the Victorian royals and servants who cared for them.
Originally provided flowers for floral displays but after Queen Victoria's death it fell into decline. Now this restored garden supplies the house with beautiful floral displays once more.
Built to accommodate large state receptions, the Durbar Room is exquisitely decorated in a style to reflect the queen's status as Empress of India, in which she took great pride and interest.
Richly decorated rooms used for formal occasions and receiving important guests. They are filled with sumptuous furnishings, presented as they would have appeared in the 19th Century.
Full table service restaurant. This area cannot be used for picnics.
Built to give the royal children an insight into the lives of ordinary people, this imitation house is where they learnt the art of household management, including growing their own vegetables in the garden.
Walk in the footsteps of Queen Victoria's famous servant as you wander the beautiful grounds.
Queen Victoria's private beach. See the queen's bathing machine and enjoy beautiful views of the bay.
Get an intimate glimpse into royal life as you explore the private rooms used by Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their children. See the royal nursery, Prince Albert's writing desk and even the queen's bath!
Offering beautiful views over the gardens and down to the sea, the Terrace Gardens are filled with the signature features of classical Italian gardens, including colourful plantings gazed upon by elegant statues.