At the North End the towns of East and West Cowes are separated by the River Medina and linked together by a unique chain-driven floating bridge which carries foot passengers as well as general vehicles. Cowes is probably most famous for its' internationally known Cowes Week Sailing Regatta which is held every August. The event draws huge crowds of sailing enthusiasts from across the world.
On the hill overlooking East Cowes is Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's royal palace, Osbourne House. Queen Victoria spent much of her later life at Osbourne House, escaping the pressures of Buckingham Palace, until her death on January 28th 1901. Since her death little has changed at Osborne and many of the royal couple's possessions, photographs and paintings are still at Osborne. East Cowes was also once home to a large ship building industry and now has GKN Westlands in residence.
West Cowes is the base for the famous Royal Yacht Squadron and also has an excellent variety of shops lining it's quaint narrow street for the sailing enthusiast and casual shopper. West Cowes also has a great selection of restaurants, cafes and lively pubs and makes it an ideal location to visit.
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