With a central London location, and acres of manicured gardens, Kensington Palace has been a royal residence since the 17th century. Discover its fascinating history and the famous Orangery on a Kensington Palace tour.
The residence is currently home to William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who follow in a long line of royals to have lived here. The palace, built in 1605 in Kensington London, was originally known as Nottingham House. It was bought by William and Mary in 1689 and then expanded under the instructions of Sir Christopher Wren. Queen Victoria, spent her childhood in the palace and it was later the home of Princess Diana. Today, visitors can see for themselves the splendour of this historic building, including the King's and Queen's State Apartments adorned with paintings from the Royal Collection. Other items of interest inside Kensington Palace include the 16th century painted King’s Staircase depicting frescoes of the court of King George I, and Queen Caroline’s Cabinet of Curiosities, housing objects from around the world.
One of the grandest parts of the estate is the famous Orangery, built in 1704. This baroque building, with its ivory walls, Roman pillars, and marble busts, makes a grand setting for high tea in the quintessential English tradition. Relax as you take your seat in the light and airy dining room, looking out over the peaceful lawns and clipped-tree avenues.
The Sunken Gardens are another highlight of any visit, with 30 acres of land and gardens to admire. You can see flower displays here throughout the year, including a wide range of exotic flowers. It was modeled on a similar garden at Hampton Court Palace and celebrated a style of gardening that was popular during the 18th century.
Kensington Palace London will delight any visitor with its tranquil gardens and magnificent interiors. Follow in the footsteps of royalty and enjoy a fun day out for all the family at this historic attraction.
Kensington Palace is open daily except 24-26 December, however, we advise you checking with the official site before planning your journey.
Kensington Palace is situated in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London. The nearest tube stations are High Street Kensington (10-15 mins walk), Queensway (10-15 mins walk), and Notting Hill Gate (20-25 mins walk).
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Access to the palace is via Kensington Gardens
During the winter months the park closes at dusk, and the only exit from the Palace at this time will be via a turnstile at Orme Square Gate which is on the north side of the park leading onto Bayswater Road. We strongly recommend that our visitors use this road from the Palace to exit after dark as it is well lit. From Bayswater Road you may continue your onward journey by bus or by tube at our local Ungerground stations: Notting Hill Gate or Queensway. There is no access to Kensington High Street through the park after dusk.
Download a map below to help you before your visit.
For further details on Kensington Gardens closing times please visit the Kensington Gardens website.
Nearest stations: Use District or Circle lines to High Street Kensington (10 - 15 minutes walking time to the palace, more for those with limited mobility)
Use Central Line to Queensway (10 - 15 minutes walking time, more for those with limited mobility) or Notting Hill Gate (20 - 25 minutes walking time, more for those with limited mobility).
Bus routes: 70, 94, 148, 390 to Bayswater Road or 9, 10, 49, 52, 70, and 452 to Kensington High Street.
Coach drop off and collection is available at Kensington Palace on request only and is extremely limited. Please call the Control Office on 0203 166 6199 for further information.
Cycling is not permitted within Kensington Palace Gardens, however a cycle rack can be located at the Sunken Garden entrance to our grounds.
Any bikes left on railings may be removed.