Families looking for somewhere different to mark Father’s Day on the Isle of Wight, can bring Dad along for free entry to Osborne House this Sunday. The stunning house surrounded by superb gardens, will be looking their very best for this special summer day.
Dads will be given free entry at Osborne House & Gardens – Prince Albert’s favourite family home – on Fathers Day, Sunday 21st June, to celebrate his special day in royal historic style!
Prince Albert was an enlightened father by Victorian standards and delighted in spending time with his family of nine children – often going out with them into Osborne’s grounds to catch butterflies, fly kites, sail or swim. He also built a miniature Swiss Cottage in the grounds so that his children could learn domestic skills and the principles of running a household there, with a small fruit and vegetable plot for each of them to tend in the garden outside. Here the children grew fruit and vegetables that were sold to Prince Albert at commercial rates for use in the house.
Dads and their families can see the Swiss Cottage and the royal children’s plots in its garden, which is complete with a thatched summerhouse containing the scaled down tools that they used. Inside the house, original family mementos including plaster casts made of their children’s hands by their doting parents, are on view in the private apartments of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and illustrate Osborne’s contrasts as both an informal family home and opulent royal residence.
Admission is £10.20 for adults £8.70 for concessions, £5.10 for children and £25.50 for a family ticket. Entrance is free for Dad and English Heritage members.
For more information, call 01983 200022 or visit www.english-heritage.org.uk.
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