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Kensington Palace
- What to see at Kensington Palace
- Current Exhibitions & Events
- Hours & Ticket Info
- Kensington Palace Trivia
- Palace Café, Restaurants & Shops
- Private Parties & Events

Kensington Palace London
Kensington Palace is located at Kensington Gardens, near Kensington High Street — one of our favorite areas of London (see Google map below).

Built in the 17th century as a country getaway for King William III and Queen Mary II, the palace is soon-to-be the London home of Prince William & Kate (The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge), and Prince Harry. It has 547 rooms which are divided into apartments (most occupied by other Royal relatives) — William and Kate will occupy Apt. 1A (4 floors, 20 rooms).



What To See at Kensington Palace

  • King's Gallery
    (the largest and longest
    of the State Apartments)
  • The King's Grand Staircase
    (the grand staircase, with its beautiful painted walls and ceiling, was where the King and his visitors would enter the State Apartments)
  • King's State Apartments
    (The King's Grand Staircase, The Presence Chamber, The Privy Chamber, The Cupola Room, The Kings Drawing Room, The Council Chamber, Queen Caroline's Closet, and The King's Gallery)
  • Queen's State Apartments
    (The Queen's Staircase, The Queen's Gallery, The Queen's Closet, The Queen's Eating Room, The Queen's Drawing Room, and The Queen's Bedroom)
  • Sunken Garden
    (styled after an 18th century garden, the tranquil oasis is filled with beautiful flowers, ponds and fountains)
  • Statue of Queen Victoria
    (sculpted by her daughter, Princess Louise, the statue is located in the east front gardens, in front of the new public entrance)

Current Exhibitions & Events
Current Exhibitions, Displays & Events

Hours & Ticket Info
Open year-round;
Spring/Summer 10am-6pm
Fall/Winter 10am-5pm
Closed December 24-26

Book Tickets by phone, online — or in person on the day of your visit at the palace ticket office, located in the entrance rooms.

Buy London Sightseeing Tickets & Passes — including "Skip the Line: Kensington Palace Tickets"

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Kensington Palace Trivia
Some of the most famous Kings and Queens of England have lived at Kensington Palace.

Queen Victoria was born at Kensington Palace on May 24, 1819. She became Queen there in 1937 (at the young age of 18) following the death of her uncle, William IV. She met Albert (the love of her life) at the palace, married in 1840 and had nine children. A widow at 42 (after Albert passed away), she went into seclusion and wore black for the rest of her life. Queen Victoria reigned for over 63 years — the longest in British history!

Kensington Palace was once home to the late Princess Margaret — her renovated apartment will be the London home of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Princess Diana raised her two sons (William and Harry) at Kensington Palace. In August 1997, after Diana's tragic death, the palace's magnificent golden gates became a makeshift memorial —the area was filled with a sea of flowers, gifts and notes from around the world.

Palace Café, Restaurant & Shops
Grab a quick bite at the Palace Café. Enjoy Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Al Fresco Dining at the palace's Orangery Restaurant. Buy fun gifts and souvenirs at the palace's Main Shop and Family Shop.

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Private Parties & Events
Kensington Palace and its grounds are available for Private Parties, Corporate Events and Wedding Receptions.

  • Orangery
  • Queen's Gallery
  • State Apartments (Cupola Room, King's Gallery and King's Drawing Room)
  • Sunken Garden

 

More Info
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace State Apartments
Kensington Gardens, London
0844-482-7777 (from UK)
+44 (0)20-3166-6000 (outside UK)

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Kensington Palace gates, London - copyright Historic Royal Palaces

Kensington Palace, London - copyright Historic Royal Palaces

Kensington Palace Sunken Garden, London - copyright Historic Royal Palaces

Statue of Queeen Victoria at Kensington Palace, London- copyright Historic Royal Palaces

The King's Grand Staircase with its beautiful painted walls and ceiling at Kensington Palace, London - copyright Historic Royal Palaces

The King's Grand Staircase, Kensington Palace, London - copyright Historic Royal Palaces

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Nearest Underground Stations
High Street Kensington (District or Circle Lines); Queensway or Nottinghill Gate (Central Line).

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Before or after your visit to Kensington Palace (if you have time), take a leisurely stroll through Kensington Palace Gardens. During warm weather, it's a lovely place to relax, enjoy a picnic lunch and people-watch. Nearby Kensington High Street is another fun place to visit — it's filled with trendy boutiques, shops, restaurants and coffee houses. Visit Diana's Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park, just a short walk from Kensington Palace.

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