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Cowes

Osborne House. Although built in palatial Victorian splendour, Queen Victoria’s home by the sea is a family home with Royal Apartments, nurseries, royal bathrooms and the richly decorated Indian Dunbar Room to explore. Horse and carriage rides are available in the grounds which also house hot houses and a Victorian walled garden. Restaurant and café. - Carol
Cowes is all about the Sea. Originally a small fishing village the town now has an East and West part and has grown up the hill overlooking the port and marina. A bustling town at the best of times it goes collectively mad during Cowes Week in August when the cream of British Yahcting Society drops by. Just outside the town stands Osborne House - beloved home of Queen Victoria and the palce of her death in 1801 - Nige

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Shanklin

Shanklin Chine is a fantastic oasis of lush greenery and its a real delight to negotiate at dusk. All lit up the walk down can take you about 30 minutes and there is a super thatched pub at the bottom by the sea. Walk back up is a pain though - Nick

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