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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
We’ll set out.. a little dark in lighting so some plaques difficult to read. 2 suggestions: the only large photo of her entire family had costumes in front. Each child should have been named and a full viewing not obscured with other displays. 2. The painting which told you about each member’s futures was in a hallway and should have taken a large wall so that you could enjoy it instead of everyone shuffling past. The whole exhibition naturally led to these two pictures and they were not used to their best advantage.
We really enjoyed the tour itself - there were adequate buses and the guides were informative and entertaining. The issue we had was that we didn't know in advance that it was the last round of the day, so when the bus ended its route, we, along with many others, were stranded far from where we needed to be. We were lucky that one amazing tour guide happened to be heading in our direction, so she brought us along with her to the subway (the tube), rode with us and showed us where to get off.
We were greeted warmly by the staff and then guided to our bus, the bus tour was great (even with a little rain, ponchos were given). The information on the tour was fun to listen to for all ages. We also really enjoyed the bonus river cruise to Westminster, which was a welcome surprise! All in all a lovely tour at a reasonable price. Thanks!
My husband and I had a fabulous time, well worth the money. We did the walking tour with Giles and he was the best! Fantastic fun and EXTREMELY knowledgeable. Then boarded the bus and Emma was our guide. Couldn’t recommend her enough. We really enjoyed her commentary - FIVE STARS PLUS
It was a long walk through the park and it was not very well sign posted at all.once we arrived everyone was friendly and it was a lovely Palace. I especially enjoyed the wonderful ceilings inside the Palace.