As host to the world’s longest-running sailing regatta, Cowes is a paradise for fans of watersports. Yet even for those not embarking on a nautical adventure, the port remains a must-see, with excellent shopping, dining and nightlife and the most lavish holiday home imaginable: Queen Victoria’s Osborne House.
Lemon-hued and built in the Italianate style, the Royal residence is delightfully theatrical. Step inside to explore grandiose staterooms, admire beautiful frescoes and see cosy family quarters filled with Victoria and Albert’s personal treasures. Afterwards, stroll down to the beautiful golden beach where she used to paddle!
Back in Cowes, take time to explore the town’s pretty historic shopping streets. There are some fine independent shops and boutiques, selling art, antiques, gifts and naturally lots of nautical goods. And Cowes doesn’t disappoint for cuisine, with excellent seafood restaurants serving everything from fish and chips to fine, freshly caught fare.
Why We Love Cowes
- Hub for watersports
- Selection of independent shops
- Lively pubs and alehouses
- Queen Victoria's Osborne House
- Brilliant dining options
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