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Kensington Palace
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Kensington Palace - London

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.

Who lives in Kensington Palace?

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.

The Orangery Kensington Palace

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 hours

Kensington Palace is open daily except 24-26 December, however, we advise you checking with the official site before planning your journey.

Where is Kensington Palace?

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).

New! Designing for a princess.  A new small fashion display dedicated to the style of Diana, Princess of Wales is now included in admission to Kensington Palace.  The first dress to feature is a Catherine Walker-designed evening dress the Princess wore at a 1988 state dinner in Bangkok. This dress will be on display until May 2019 when we will rotate it with another iconic designer outfit worn by the princess. In addition, in the Princess Arcade, visitors can explore a selection of fashion sketches created by David Sassoon, one of Diana’s favourite designers. 

New from 24 May 2019 – Victoria: Woman and Crown. In this temporary exhibition discover the private woman behind the crown.  How did Victoria balance her role as Queen, wife and mother? Within these displays visitors will learn how she harnessed the new age of photography to project an image of Imperial power across continents and document the minutia of family life. Learn how her 9 children and 43 grandchildren extended her influence across not only Europe but the whole empire. Exhibition included in admission until January 2020.

Re-presented from 24 May 2019 – Victoria: A royal childhood. Within the permanent representation of Victoria’s rooms at the palace, visitors will explore the princess’s education through a display of remarkable objects relating to her early years, including a poignant scrapbook of mementos created by her governess, Baroness Lehzen.  The exhibits will reveal the world of the lively and creative princess and delve into her family life, friendships and bitter struggles during her upbringing under the strict “Kensington System”.

Daily at Kensington Palace – The King’s State Apartments. These magnificent State Rooms will transport visitors back to the heady court of the Georgian monarchs in the mid-18th century.  Beautifully decorated by court favourite, William Kent, learn how to behave, what to wear and who to meet at court.  Sign up for a Highlights Tour with a Palace Explainer on arrival. Tours are free of charge but places are limited.

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.

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Kensington Palace - Booking Information

  • Please take a printed copy of your confirmation email. 

  • Your confirmation email acts as your e-ticket. Ticket offices do not accept any form of digital or electronic tickets, therefore without a printed voucher you will be refused entry.

  • Please remember to bring along the credit card that you made the booking with for identification

  • Please remember to bring student ID if you have purchased a concession ticket

  • As Kensington Palace is part of a working palace opening arrangements and the visitor route are subject to change at short notice. Please check before planning a visit.

Kensington Palace - Event Information

  • Age recommendation: Children are aged 5 -15 years old. Children under 5 go free.

  • Voucher exchange instructions: Please take your voucher/confirmation to the main Ticket Desk to exchange your voucher for your tickets. 

  • Opening hours: Open daily from 10am to 5pm (Last admission 4pm) November to February and 10am to 6pm (Last admission 5pm) March to October.