Groups heading to the Isle of Wight can visit a new Victoria's Island Trail exploring the former monarch's summer home.
The trail has been created to celebrate the forthcoming September release of the film Victoria and Abdul. The film stars Dame Judi Dench and Ali Fazal and was partially shot on location at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, a seaside palace that was both a family home and stately residence.
Osborne itself has also secured an exhibition of some of the costumes from the film, which are already on show. The costumes include those worn by Dame Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard and Ali Fazal. You can read more about Osborne House here.
Tread in the footsteps of royals
The Victoria's Island Trail features 50 significant locations across the island with connections to Queen Victoria. Key spots include the church Princess Beatrice married in; what’s said to be the Queen's favourite Isle of Wight viewpoint; and the yacht club created just for her.
Further highlights are Carisbrooke Castle, Newport Minster, Farringford (the Isle of Wight retreat of Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson, who was a regular visitor to Osborne House), and Ventnor Botanic Garden.
By following the trail, groups can walk along the same paths and see the same views as the royals who used to reside there. Group travel organisers can use the online interactive map here, download a copy here, or pick up a leaflet at any of the Isle of Wight tourist information points.
Group accommodation on the Isle of Wight
Groups visiting the Isle of Wight for an extended period can choose from various accommodation options, ranging from hotels to holiday villages.
The Royal Hotel in Ventnor, for example, is one of the oldest and most historic hotels on the Isle of Wight and works in conjunction with a nearby spa to offer a relaxing break to guests.
Those seeking something a little more active can book at Warner Leisure’s Norton Grange property, which overlooks the Solent, hosts predominantly groups, and runs activities ranging from archery to guided town walks.
For further details, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.