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Top 5 Kensington Palace facts

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!

Mary of Modena gave birth there in 1688

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.

William moved there to cure his asthma

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!

Citrus was grown there despite the British climate

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!

Queen Victoria was born and raised in the palace

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!

The Beatles used to perform there

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!

Our insider tips

What are the opening times?

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.

How long to tour?

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.

Good to know

  • 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

Overall rating
4.1 / 5
based on 1,727 reviews

Lovely to be in the palace of so many kings and queens

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.

Kensington Palace Sightseeing Entrance Tickets Reviewed by

A fascinating insight to past royals who lived in the Palace

A very interesting Palace exhibiting the lives of past royals including a separate exhibition of Queen Victoria and Princess Diana's costumes. The price of the ticket gives you access to all exhibitions. The ticket is valid for the day you select so expect long queues getting in and for the Princess Di exhibition. Thoroughly recommend it particularly if you keen on history. Allow up to 2 hours to see all exhibitions. Afterwards enjoy a stroll in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.

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Three in a packet is quite manageable for 2 days and interesting to do

The buses w re ok, easy to follow , we got most of it, the boat ride easy to find, people were very kind, for the tour guide it was quite difficult to follow him while moving and talking as well, too fast both ( we wasted some time to find the meeting point) I was with young people, so we shared the same attitude.

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Very enjoyable. Pleasant helpful staff. Free map excellent.

Being of mature age the free flow in your own time was good. But a lot of up and down stairs to apartments then back down and up to the next a little waring. Display of Diana’s dresses and info with them very good.

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Everything went really well, very worthwhile.

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.

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