Victoria & Abdul at Osborne House


“It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot”

When Queen Victoria and Prince Albert chose the Isle of Wight as their favourite holiday spot in the 1840s, little did they know they’d be changing the destiny of a compact and stunningly beautiful Island for ever.

The creation of their family holiday home at Osborne brought a new status to the Isle of Wight. Not only was the Isle of Wight the place where the family relaxed in private, it was also the location where affairs of state were managed. Queen Victoria ruled her worldwide empire from the tranquillity of her seaside palace on the Isle of Wight, entertaining foreign royalty and visiting ministers.

The Isle of Wight reflected Queen Victoria’s private life as well as that of her role as Head of Empire. Visits with family and friends to local scenic spots were paired with the creation of state rooms for formal visits at Osborne. The Durbar Room, designed and installed by Lockwood Kipling and Bhai Ram Singh in the 1890s will feature in a new film ‘Victoria and Abdul’ in cinemas September 15 and the next ITV series of ‘Victoria’ will end with the Queen and her husband buying the house that will become their “beloved Osborne”.

When on the Island the Royals loved many of the pleasures we consider to be modern day holiday pleasures: dining al fresco, swimming in the sea, visiting local attractions and simply taking time out from the bustle of busy mainland life.

Let the Victoria’s Island trail take you on a journey across the Isle of Wight – visiting some of the places that the Queen loved alongside lesser known locations that reveal the strong connection that the royal family had with the Island; both as off duty, private people and as heads of state.

Victoria & Abdul Heritage Trail Flyer


Stay at Ford Farm House

If you fancy taking a visit to Osborne House to see the costumes on display, why not stay in the countryside and make a weekend of it!

Call us on 01983 840048 to see what accommodation we can provide for you.

For more details on our bed and breakfast, click here.



Based on the extraordinary true story. Watch the trailer for #VictoriaAndAbdul, starring Academy Award winner Judi Dench. In cinemas September 15.


The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

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Costumes in an exhibition at Osborne on the Isle of Wight from the soon to be released movie Victoria & Abdul. The film starring Dame Judy Dench and Ali Fazal tells the story of the relationship between the queen and Abdul Karim in the later years of her life. The seven costumes will be on display in the Durbar Room at Osborne House from Monday until September 30th.

Picture date: Friday, July 21, 2017 // Photograph by Christopher Ison for English Heritage © // 07544044177 // //