Royal Palace in London's Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens
Kensington Palace Official Web Site
Kensington Palace in London is a working Royal residence. Of great historical importance, Kensington Palace was the favourite residence of successive sovereigns until 1760.
The childhood residence of Queen Victoria and the beloved home of Princess Diana, Kensington Palace provides a fascinating insight into royal life past and present. Journey through newly landscaped gardens and refurbished displays learning about some of the greatest stories and characters in Britain's rich royal history.
Today Kensington Palace accommodates the offices and private apartments of a number of members of the Royal Family, but its the association with Princess Diana that has sparked most interest in Kensington Palace in recent times.
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Kensington Palace is situated at the western end of Kensington Gardens one of the royal parks. Kensington Gardens merges seamlessly with Hyde Park. Its only a 10 minute walk from Kensington Palace to the South Kensington Museums and then another 10 minutes to Harrods department store in Knightsbridge.
We have a dedicated page for Kensington Gardens / Hyde Park which covers other places linked with Princess Diana, including the Princess Diana Memorial and Playground both sited in the park.
There is also a themed walk through the park which extends for seven miles covering for serious fans of Diana.
|The Orangery Kensington Palace|
The Enchanted Palace in a unique multi sensory experience combining fashion, performance, and dazzling spectacle to reveal Kensington's magnificent State Apartments in a magical new light.
Following a £12m major project, Kensington Palace unveils a palace of secret stories and public lives through renovated gardens and displays, and three new exhibitions.
Make your way through the spectacular King's and Queen's State Apartments, adorned with paintings from the Royal Collection, and stroll through the Kensington Palace Gardens at your leisure.
Possessing one of the finest tea selections in London, the famous Orangery Cafe at Kensington Palace provides a welcome reprieve in stunning surroundings – afternoon tea is a must.
A small and evocative new display of Princess Diana's dresses, including items which have never before been exhibited in the UK.
Kensington Palace Ticketing
Advance Purchase Skip The Line Tickets
There are a number of ticketing options apart from paying at the ticket desks on the day. These include skip the line advanced tickets, entrance as part of a sightseeing pass or a combo ticket with other royal palaces and castles in and around London.
By purchasing your ticket ahead of time you'll jump the queue avoiding waiting in any lines for tickets.
Kensington Palace is also a participant of the London Pass. The London Pass is a convenient way of planning ahead and budgeting for your visit to London.
The London Pass is a flat rate sightseeing pass to many (but not all) of London's main attractions. You can buy a London pass for 1,2,3 or 6 day durations.
Railways 2 for 1 Promotion
Kensington Palace is also a participant of the railways 2 for 1 promotion. If you have a return rail ticket or a Travelcard issued by the railways that allows two people entrance to Kensington Palace for the price of one adult when you print a special Kensington Palace voucher from the promotion web site..
Royal Palaces Pass (Tower of London, Hampton Court & Kensington Palace)
Book in advance and jump the queue at the Tower of London, Hampton Court and Kensington Palace.
Your pass is valid for 2 years from the date of exchanging your voucher
Getting to Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace is situated in Kensington Gardens, at the west end of Kensington Gardens. The best option is probably to make for Queensway Underground, with the park gates opposite.
You walk past Princess Diana's playground on the 5 minute walk to Kensington Palace.
The very popular hop on, hop off London tour buses stop close to Kensington Palace just past the Royal Albert Hall towards Kensington High Street, its then a 5 minute walk through Kensington Gardens. Big Bus also stop at the other side of Kensington Gardens by Queensway Underground Station.
Buckingham Palace is at the western end of Hyde Park/Kensington. It is a very nice short walk to wander across Hyde Park, perhaps by the Serpentine lake and Princess Diana memorial.
|Self Guided Kensington Walk Including Kensington Palace|
Join us on our step by step self guided walking tour of London's Kensington district.
We start with a walk in the park through Kensington Gardens visiting Kensington Palace then on past the Albert Hall to South Kensington Museums before ending in Knightsbridge for Harrods and Harvey Nichols Department Stores.
Simple to follow instructions and street map and best of all its FREE!
Harrods Department Store Knightsbridge