Now the official residence of Kate and Wills, Kensington Palace was once the childhood home of Queen Victoria back in the 1820s
As one of central London’s royal residences, Kensington Palace has been a home and refuge to the royal family since the 17th century. Now, it is the official residence to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – otherwise known as our familiar Kate and Wills. Built in 1605, it has roots in Jacobean architecture and was first known as Nottingham House. Now it is one of London’s most exquisite palaces and comes with acres of manicured gardens and the world famous Orangery.
Please note: Due to the opening of new exhibition "Diana: Her Fashion Story", Kensington Palace is expected to be busier than usual, please allow extra time when visiting.
- Queen Caroline’s Cabinet of Curiosities, a collection of objects from around the world
- 16th century painted King’s Staircase depicting frescoes of the court of King George I
- Queen Mary’s State Apartments preserved over time
- Over 30 acres of lush Palace Gardens, a tranquil urban oasis
Did you know:
- The second-oldest reigning monarch (of 63 years), Queen Victoria, spent her childhood in the palace
- A 1697 inventory documented that Mary II owned over 800 items of Chinese Porcelain
- To celebrate the arrival of the German King George I at Kensington he ordered a bonfire, six barrels of strong beer and over 300 bottles of wine
- Composer Handel was invited to the palace to perform for King George II, who was such a fan that he gave Handel British citizenship (originally he was from Germany, like the King himself)
- A book of original Leondardo da Vinci drawings were miraculously found in the palace in 1778 and sent to Windsor Castle
- Princess Louise allowed injured soldiers hurt in the Great War to rest and recover in her private apartments in 1914
Diana: Her Fashion Story
Princess Di won the hearts of the world with her kindness and incredible compassion, continuing to inspire to this day. An exhibition at her former home, Kensington Palace, is dedicated to her role as a fashion icon and charts her style evolution through the years, displaying many of her outfits including her unforgettable velvet gown which she wore at the White House. Entry is free and included in admission with the London Pass.
Discover the lonely childhood of the longest reigning monarch in Britain, Queen Victoria. Having grown up in solitude with only her mother, the Duchess of Kent, the Victoria Revealed gallery explores her life and her succession to the thrown at 18 years old. Read diary excerpts, admire her old gowns and walk through the red saloon where she held her first meeting upon rising to her title. Access to this exhibition is included with the London Pass.
Built in 1704, and one of the grandest parts of Kensington Palace, the Orangery is perfect for a spot of high tea, a quintessential English tradition. The ivory white walls and Roman pillars make for a splendid surrounding for a quiet sit down to recharge your batteries. Admire the marble busts in the alcoves and enjoy the fresh English garden feel of this impressive building.
Planted in 1908 this garden is a must-see for any flower fanatic as it holds impressive flower displays all year round. If you visit between April and October you can see the spectacular gardens in bloom with a wide range of exotic flowers. Among the 30 acres of land and gardens, the Sunken Gardens add to the quiet tranquillity of Kensington Palace tucked away in central London.
TOP TIP: If you are visiting the Palace with disabilities, there is a wide range of tours from British Sign Language tours to special Describer Tours for the partially sighted. Make sure you book up to two weeks in advance to enjoy the King and Queen’s State Apartments and Victoria Revealed.
How to get there:
- High Street Kensington (district and circle lines)
- Queensway (central line)
- Kensington Palace is situated in zone 1 of the London Transport Network so your travel will be included in your package if you opt for The London Pass with Oyster Travelcard
Make the most of your London Pass:
- With a London Pass you can experience this pocket of urban royal luxury for no extra cost, saving you £15.00
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|March to October|
|Monday||10.00 - 18.00|
|Tuesday||10.00 - 18.00|
|Wednesday||10.00 - 18.00|
|Thursday||10.00 - 18.00|
|Friday||10.00 - 18.00|
|Saturday||10.00 - 18.00|
|Sunday||10.00 - 18.00|
|Last Admission: 17.00|
|November to February|
|Monday||10.00 - 16.00|
|Tuesday||10.00 - 16.00|
|Wednesday||10.00 - 16.00|
|Thursday||10.00 - 16.00|
|Friday||10.00 - 16.00|
|Saturday||10.00 - 16.00|
|Sunday||10.00 - 16.00|
|Last Admission: 15.00|
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