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Located at the western end of Hyde Park, Kensington Palace has been a royal residence for over 300 years. Rich with history and surrounded by tranquil gardens, it's also one of London's foremost attractions. Here are a few facts to start off your tour!
This event was significant because it provided King James II with a Catholic heir to the throne, thus sparking the Glorious Revolution that saw William of Orange usurp the throne.
Now William III, the Dutch King of England immediately sought a less "grimy" residence than the Palace of Whitehall. Back then, Kensington was a rural retreat surrounded by forest!
The Kensington Palace Orangery was built in 1704 to grow exotic fruits. Now a café, the building boasts one of London's most decadent afternoon teas!
She also met her future husband Albert there, but despite its significance in her early life, she moved to Buckingham Palace on becoming queen and never stayed at Kensington again!
Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon would invite stars of the age to lavish parties at the palace. Liverpool's most famous sons often performed songs around the drawing room piano!
Kensington Palace is open from 10:00AM all year round, except December 24th to 26th. It closes at 6:00PM from March 1st to October 31st, and 5:00PM the rest of the year. Last admissions are an hour before closing.
Set aside at least two or three hours to tour Kensington Palace and its gardens, but don't forget to allow time for tea and cakes (or even champagne!) at the Orangery.
- When should I visit?
- Open daily from 10:00AM to 6:00PM in summer, 10:00AM to 5:00PM in winter, closed December 24th, 25th and 26th.
- Is it expensive?
- From March 1st to October 31st, adult tickets are £17.50. The rest of the year they are £16.50.
- Will I need a guide?
- You won't need a guide around the palace, but check out our tours in the area!
- How to get there
- Take the District or Circle lines to High Street Kensington, or one of several buses that goes to the Palace.
- Additional information
- ** Book your tickets online in advance to get a discount! | You will need to cover your shoulders.*
What people are saying about Kensington Palace
Really enjoyed our trip to London and our package we purchased. We wanted to do the London Eye and hop on hop off bus - the river cruise was an additional extra thrown in and ended up being the highlight. We ended up walking most of the way around the city, only using the bus twice - both times to go just one stop. Magnificent views from the London Eye - but the cruise was just wonderful. We went from Tower Bridge to Westminster. The guy speaking was really funny and the facts super interesting. The baileys hot chocolate on board also delicious. Would absolutely recommend.
Any visit to London would not be complete if you miss visiting Kensington Palace. Its a very popular tourist attraction so be prepared to wait in a lengthy queue. (Not always but in the peak summer time you will have a long wait to get in). Ensure you get a copy of the guide to assist you on your tour around the palace. On the day we visited the queue was long and we slowly wound our way up stairs and floors. Some of the rooms were so packed it was uncomfortable. It would pay to enquire best days and times to visit as it may vary.
We were only able to tour the part of the palace that was open, which was a small section. But it was still nice and there’s enough time to see it all and read everything set out in the rooms.
We had a really lovely day , we learnt lots , things we didn’t know , the staff were exceptional , really helpful , polite and knowledgeable .
Enjoyed our experience especially the bus with the commentator. He was informative and funny. It was a good introduction to London.