Visitors arrive through beautiful landscaped gardens evoking a past when Kensington was countryside. From the entrance hall start your journey through the magnificent Kings and Queen’s State Apartments. Filled with stories of two royal courts; the Stuarts and the Hanoverians, learn what you would have worn, how you should behave and how to succeed in the heady atmosphere of the palace state apartments.
A fascinating exhibition, set within the rooms Victoria grew up in as a child, explores her life and reign in her own words with quotations from her intimate diaries. Imagine how she felt at just 17 years old on her first day as Queen at Kensington Palace, discover her romantic side through letters and gifts exchanged with Prince Albert and take a peep at moments of family life with her children and grandchildren.
New! Fashion Rules; restyled
The glossy and glamorous exhibition, Fashion rules: gets a makeover, becoming Fashion rules: Restyled. A new collection of dress from the collections of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and Diana Princess of Wales represents the story of the monarchy in the 20th century featuring rare and exquisite dresses from The Queen, Princesses Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales. Discover how the royal figures and fashions were representative of the spirit of each decade. Surrounded by contemporary photography, film, music and including accessories, get a real sense of the 1950’s through to the 1990s, decades in which the clothes were worn and how they reflected and inspired everyday fashions.
3 December 2016 - 1 January 2017
Join us for a Victorian Christmas at Kensington Palace, enjoy beautiful seasonal decorations throughout the palace and gardens from 3 December 2016 and join in the celebrations with talks, music, speical tours and seasonal food and drink from 27 December 2016 to 1 January 2017
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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.