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Walking the Isle of Wight: Queen Victoria’s Town Trail

This month we’re walking Queen Victoria’s Town Trail through East Cowes, which is funded by the East Cowes Community Partnership.

The route traces the steps of some of the notable Victorians who visited the Queen when she was in residence at Osborne House.

The trail was created in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the births of both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and was funded by East Cowes Town Council and delivered via the East Cowes Community Partnership.

Victoria usually spent around three months at Osborne each year. She travelled by train from Windsor Castle to Gosport, boarded the royal yacht at the Clarence Yard and then crossed the Solent arriving on the Island at her private landing place at Trinity Pier.

The route of this trail will take you along York Avenue. This road was built at the request of the Queen to re-route traffic away from the Osborne Estate and allow her more privacy.

It is the thoroughfare used by many of the visitors who feature on the trail who either walked or rode in a carriage between the landing and Osborne House. It is the road used to celebrate Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and also the route of her funeral procession on the way to Windsor Castle.


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• Enable your data to connect to the website while on the trail.

• Turn your screen rotation on and hold your device as for ease of viewing

• Follow the stone markers in the pavement, they run one side of York Avenue to minimise crossing of roads.


• A printed version of this trail is also available at the Osborne House shop, East Cowes Heritage Centre and the Red Funnel terminal, priced £2.

Designed and Narrated by Kenneth Whealer, who was the principal Historian. Co-ordinated and conception by Councillor Karl Love.

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