The Isle of Wight, Home to Osborne House

Author: Kim Jacobs All about moving and London

The Isle of Wight is located off the southern coast of England and can be easily accessed by a short ferry ride from the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth and the town of Lymington. The island dates back to Roman when it was known as Vectis. Today the Isle of Wight is the largest and second most populous island of England. The island was known to be a favorite place of renowned author Charles Dickens and poet Alfred Lord Tennyson.

The-Isle-of-WightThe island is a favorite summer destination of the British population. The size of the island is 23 miles by 13 miles. The most famous landmark of the island is Osborne House. The house was commissioned by Queen Victoria and was built as her own expense. The purpose of the house was to be the seaside retreat of the Queen and her husband Prince Albert. The Osborn House was completed in 1845 and it was it only place where the Queen and her family could leave their royal responsibilities behind and be common, everyday people on short periods of time. When Prince Albert died in 1861, Queen Victoria ordered that the houses remains untouched, she wanted to preserve the house in the same order in which it was during the final days of her beloved husband. Today the once bedroom of the Queen is filled with family mementos of Victoria, Albert and their nine children.

At a few miles from Osborn House lies the town of Newport which is also the capital (administrative centre) of the island. The most renowned landmark of the town is Carisbrooke Castle. The castles dates back to the 11th century and is known to be the best-preserved Norman castle in the United Kingdom. The castle provides some of the most amazing and picturesque vies of the island. The castle was the site where Oliver Cromwell held Charles I as a hostage in 1647.

Aside of being home to several remarkable landmarks, the island is also the location of the famed Coastal Path which is a 67 mile path that encircles the entire island. The path tends to attract hikers and nature enthusiasts from all over the world. While walking the path travelers can see the Tennyson Down a monument that commemorates the above mentioned poet and the Needles, three offshore rock pinnacles.

The island is home to numerous top notch hotels and restaurants that have all the necessary accommodations to provide to the visitors of the island a comfortable stay. Another option for travelers is to find based in one of the three mainland cities and town that we aforementioned.


The island is the ideal place where you can recharge your batteries after a long and stressful man and van project. Even more you don’t necessary have to go through a man and van project to decide to visit this formidable island. So if you are feeling that you need to change your surroundings, arrange all the details with the man and van company that has aided you with your move, and hop on the first train and ferry to come and visit the Isle of Wight.

While you are visited the Isle of Wight, you can also take your time to visit the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth.