This is the church used by Queen Victoria when she was in residence at Osborne House.
The church is run by volunteers and there is a guide on duty in the church.
Exhibition located within the Church and Church Centre:
There is a permanent exhibition of Royal and local memorabilia in the Church and Church Centre. This includes:
* Replica of Princess Beatrice's Wedding Dress.
* Royal Photographs.
* Pictures & historical details of many local landmarks.
* Pictures & architect's drawings of the 3 churches which have existed on this site.
In the Church Centre, there is a bright and spacious Coffee Shop offering a range of refreshments including:
* Fair Trade Tea and Coffee,
* Cold Drinks,
* Home made cakes,
* Cream Teas
The exhibition and coffee shop are usually open 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Thursday, 1st April to end of October.
History of the Church:
Queen Victoria had it built...
She had worshipped in the old church, which dated from before the Domesday Book, and had been restored by John Nash in 1804.
She wanted a new and more splendid church for her family, so in 1854 the Chancel area was re-built, and then in 1860/1 the remainder was re-built .
There are memorials to her in the form of a beautiful white marble reredos and a copper and oak pulpit.
Prince Albert designed it...
He worked with the Architect to produce this beautiful and distinct place of worship.
Princess Beatrice was married in the church and is now buried in it...
The royal wedding took place in 1885 when she married Prince Henry of Battenberg.
He sadly died in 1896, aged only 38, and in his memory Queen Victoria renamed the household area as the Battenberg Chapel. Prince Henry is buried there in a magnificent sarcophagus.
Princess Beatrice died in 1944 and was buried there with him in 1945.
- Refreshments Available
Children & Infants
- Family Friendly, Children Welcome
- Gift shop
Map & Directions
From Fishbourne ferry, B3339 (Fishbourne lane), A3054 to Newport, A3021 to East Cowes.
From Yarmouth ferry, A3054 to Newport, A3054 to Ryde, A3021 to East Cowes.
Public Transport Directions
From West Cowes Red Jet Hi-speed ferry, go through High Street (pass Fountain pub on the left), Shooters Hill, Birmingham Road, Medina Road to the floating bridge to East Cowes.
From Ryde Catamaran/Hovertravel: No. 4 bus route to East Cowes
From Yarmouth ferry: No. 7 to Newport and change to No. 5 to East Cowes.
For further bus information please contact Southern Vectis at www.islandbuses.info/ or +44 0871 200 2233 (bus times) / +44 01983 827000 (head office).
|Opening (1 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019)|
* The exhibition and coffee shop are usually open 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Thursday, 1st April to end of October.