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.

Highlights:

  • 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

Don't miss:

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.

Sunken Gardens

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.

The Pavilion 
Overlooking the Sunken Garden, the Kensington Palace Pavilion is a relaxed and elegant setting for breakfast, lunch or a classic afternoon tea. Enjoy delicious and traditional English dishes in peaceful and beautiful garden-surroundings. 

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:

- Don't forget to visit the Royal Albert Hall- very close to Kensington Palace, it's another iconic Royal venue not to be missed

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"I would definitely recommend the pass. There were various places, i.e. the War Museum, Royal Mews, etc. that we would not have gone to if we didn't have the pass. We ended up seeing many more attractions since they were included, and spent much less on admissions than if we hadn't purchased the pass. Showing the pass also made entry easy."
Ernest from USA

"Really impressed with all the benefits using The London Pass. An excellent was to get about widely at lower costs with "Entry without further payment" and "Fast Track"."
Syd & Jan from Australia

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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

Closed:

Please check our Closure & Notices page for changings in opening hours and closure dates.

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Address:

Kensington Palace Gardens London W8

Telephone:

0844 482 7777