The much-loved home of Queen Victoria and her family, a residence which afforded them some privacy and seclusion from public life. See the formal rooms with their splendid ceilings and other impressive features. In the Council Room, the Queen’s Privy Council of Ministers met, and the badge of the Garter can be seen at the centre of the ceiling. After exploring the house, ride in a horse-drawn carriage to visit the Swiss Cottage – a wooden chalet in the grounds where the Royal children learned to cook.
Cowes, PO32 6JX
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
The Isle of Wight once boasted 54 miles of railway, most of which was closed by 1966. Today, the railway runs five miles from Wootton, through Havenstreet and Ashey, to Smallbrook Junction, which is the interchange with Island Line’s electric trains that run from Shanklin to Ryde Pier Head (Connecting with the Wightlink high-speed catamaran service from Portsmouth Harbour). The Railway is truly a journey back in time – a living, breathing museum! Most of the trains have spent much of their working lives on the Island.
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight, PO33 4DS
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