Queen Victoria's Osborne House 'fully restored'
Part of the garden at Queen Victoria's private family home on the Isle of Wight is being opened to the public for the first time.
The Osborne House lower terrace, where the Queen wrote and painted, has been restored by English Heritage at a cost of £600,000.
The organisation said falling masonry and broken steps had made the terrace too dangerous to open previously.
It said the terrace was the last major part of the property to be repaired.
Part of the work included restoring the Italian-inspired yellow colour of the walls to match the rest of the property.
Also restored are the centrepiece Andromeda fountain and the ornate Shell Alcove, decorated with thousands of sea-shells from the beach below.
Samantha Stones, English Heritage's Properties Curator at Osborne, said: "Queen Victoria loved to be outside in the fresh sea air and the terrace was a place of peace."