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Osborne School Visit Itineraries

Take the stress out of planning your school visit to Osborne with our downloadable itineraries. They're packed with with things to see and do, expert-led Discovery Visit sessions to enjoy and handy timings to help you organise a memorable school trip.

A Royal Day Out Itinerary

There's so much to see and do, during a visit to Osborne. Our itinerary is a great starting point for planning your day, so you don't miss out on any of the key attractions. Experience life below-stairs during our hands-on Discovery Visit with the wonderful and formidible Mrs Smith, who was the Queen's housekeeper. Marvel at the house during a free self-led tour and then on to Swiss Cottage where the Royal children learnt and played. Finally take a trip to the beach to enjoy a special afternoon tea.

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From a Royal Palace to Life in a Castle Itinerary

Make your day one to remember with a visit to Osborne and Carisbrooke Castle. Start your visit below-stairs with Mrs Smith the Housekeeper at Osborne, as you prepare for Queen Victoria's arrival during our hands-on Discovery Visit. Then on to enjoy the splendour of Osborne House during a free self-led tour. Head to Carisbrooke Castle, which is only 20 minutes away and use our free Teacher's Kit, full of fun activities. Finally take part in our 'Water, Wells and Donkeys' Discovery Visit, which will immerse your pupils in the history of the castle.

Download our itinerary and make the most of your visit to both Osborne and Carisbrooke Castle.

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Plan Your Trip

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip.

We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Our Education Booking Team is on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: Free car park with accessible parking bays, 50m from admissions centre. Coach parking is 250m from the entrance.
    • TOILETS: Toilets are available at points across the site.
    • SWISS COTTAGE: Available when booked with the Victorian Explorer or Story Mat Discovery Visits.
    • HOUSE: Please request a time slot at the time of your booking.
    • ESTATE GROUNDS: The wide acres of the Osborne estate, including the beach, woodland walk and terraces are all open.
    • LUNCH: You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds.
    • SHOP: Shop at the admissions centre selling a range of gifts, souvenirs and books. We require you to bring your students in small groups at a time.
    • EDUCATION ROOM: The education room is currently unavailable.
    • BAG STORE: A room has been set aside where the students can store their bags whilst in the house. Otherwise they will need to carry their bags with them.
    • ACCESSIBILITY: There are 12 disabled parking bays located 50 yards from the admissions entrance. Disabled visitors may be set down directly outside admissions entrance. Queen Victoria's Private Apartments are accessible via a lift to the first floor. The Nursery is not accessible. A minibus is available to take wheelchair users to the Swiss Cottage and Queen Victoria's beach. The ground floor of the Swiss Cottage and Museum is accessible to wheelchair users. Gardens and Grounds are accessible using tarmac and impacted gravel paths. The Walled Garden and Swiss Cottage Garden are heavily gravelled and may be difficult for wheelchair users. The Rhododendron Walk is suitable for robust wheelchairs only. Queen Victoria's Beach paths, cafe, Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine and Alcove are all accessible, however there are two steps up to the beach boardwalk. The beach itself is not accessible to wheelchair users.
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