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Kensington Palace, London

What will I see at Kensington Palace? Opening times, tickets and location

Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace's history

Kensington Palace has a rich royal history. It can boast of being the birth place of Queen Victoria and the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, not to mention being the home of a host of Georgian monarchs who have all left their mark on this impressive Palace.

You can explore their vast state apartments which contain an array of beautiful paintings and sculptures.

Kensington Palace is located at the western end of Kensington Gardens which extends seamlessly from Hyde Park, London's largest royal park.

In recent times the late Princess Diana is often associated with Kensington Palace, and around Kensington Palace there are reminders of her life from the official memorial to her, a children's playground, she even has a local cafe that she used to frequent with her children dedicated to her memory.

What you'll see   Opening times & location   Tickets   Other royal palaces in London   Attraction passes & combo tours  

Kensington Palace - what will you see?

Once inside, you explore the extravagant rooms and spaces that have figured in many royal dramas through the ages. Wander through the King’s and Queen’s State Apartments, where you’ll see rare works from the Royal Collection.

The Queen's apartments were where Mary, and later royal consorts, lived. This is where they had their bedroom, took their meals, entertained their friends and distinguished guests, and relaxed.

The King’s apartments looks at more formal aspects of royal life where the monarch received courtiers, ministers and foreign ambassadors.

There are further exhibitions including “Fashion Rules” a nostalgic look back at recent fashion through HM The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales and another that looks in depth at Queen Victoria's life.

You can then head outside and walk through the exquisite Kensington Palace Gardens.

Kensington Palace tickets

KENSINGTON PALACE TICKETS

Kensington Palace, London

Visit the former home of Queen Victoria and Princess Diana

• Admission to Kensington Palace and Gardens • King's and Queen's State Apartments • Paintings from the Royal Collection • ‘Victoria Revealed’ permanent exhibition

Kensington Palace - opening times and location

Queen Victoria Statue, Kensington Gardens, London
Queen Victoria Statue

We recommend allowing around 2 hours to visit.

Kensington Palace opening times

Kensington Palace is is open 7 days a week all year round, except 24 - 26 December.

Doors open at 10am and closing time is 6pm with last entry 1 hour prior. In the winter months, November to February closing time is 4pm.

Location of Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace Palace is situated within Kensington Gardens a royal park that is seamlessly joined to Hyde Park. There is lots to do and see within Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and especially at weekends there are large events from concerts to fun runs.

Within easy walking distance is Portobello Market, the Royal Albert Hall, Harrods Department Store and the South Kensington Museums (Science Museum, National History Museum and V&A Museum).

Nearest Underground station

Queensway Underground Station (Central Line) is opposite a main entrance to Kensington Gardens. It's a 5-10 minute walk past the Princess Diana Children's Playground to the palace itself.

Hop-on, hop-off buses

All of London's hop on, hop off sightseeing buses have a stop for Kensington Palace on the south side of Kensington Gardens. Big Bus also have a stop on the north side of Kensington Gardens at Bayswater very close to Queensway Underground Station.

Worth knowing

We have a self-guided Kensington walk that visits Kensington Palace, as well as Portobello Market, South Kensington Museums and much more.

Kensington Palace tickets

Kensington Palace has a straight forward ticketing system with concessions for children and seniors, but no family tickets.

Tickets purchased in advance on-line are cheaper than bought on the day at the ticket desk.

Tickets from discounters like the banner link below are normally cheaper than buying from the Kensington Palace official web site, (link at the top of the page).

Entrance queues at Kensington Palace are not really an issue, just buying a standard ticket on-line in advance will skip any queue waiting to buy tickets from the ticket desk.

Kensington Palace tickets

KENSINGTON PALACE TICKETS

Kensington Palace, London

Visit the former home of Queen Victoria and Princess Diana

• Admission to Kensington Palace and Gardens • King's and Queen's State Apartments • Paintings from the Royal Collection • ‘Victoria Revealed’ permanent exhibition

Other royal palaces in London

Tower of London: Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7 and enlarged and modified by successive sovereigns, today the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses. In its time it has been a royal palace, a fortress, a prison, an armoury, a treasury and an astronomical observatory. The Tower of London now displays the Crown Jewels.

Kensington Palace: A rich royal history. Kensington Palace can boast of being the birth place of Queen Victoria and the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, not to mention being the home of a host of Georgian monarchs and royalty including Princess Diana who have all left their mark on this impressive Palace. Explore the vast state apartments which contain an array of beautiful paintings and sculptures.

Windsor Castle: Windsor Castle is one of three official residences of The Queen and has been home to the Sovereign for over 900 yers. The Queen would call Windsor Castle her home.

The Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world and the oldest in continuous occupation. The imposing towers and battlements of the Castle loom large from every approach to the town, creating one of the world's most spectacular skylines.

Buckingham Palace: has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837. Today it is the administrative headquarters of the Queen and is the main venue for the Changing of the Guard ceremony.


Three Palace Royal Pass tickets

THE THREE PALACE ROYAL PASS TICKETS

Three Palace Royal Pass tickets

Save money when you visit three of Britain's historical palaces

• Visit The Tower of London, Kensington Palace and Hampton Court Palace • Valid for 2 years from date of issue • One visit per valid palace

Kensington Palace & London's attraction passes

Railways 2 for 1 Promotion - The railways 2 for 1 entrance promotion is valid at Kensington Palace with the printed voucher and a qualifying railway ticket.

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