What To Expect
Explore The Palace, Its Numerous Sections, and Exhibitions
London’s Kensington Palace is a royal residence with a lot of stories, secrets, and history attached to it. You’ll require around an hour and a half to get a good look at the spectacular palace apartments and explore the two new ‘Victoria Revealed’ exhibitions (Victoria: Woman and Crown and Victoria: A Royal Childhood), displaying an array of Queen Victoria’s personal objects where she once resided. While Victora: Woman lets you delve into the carefully-managed private life of the Queen, Victoria: A Royal Childhood offers intricate details on her childhood and adolescence.
Discover the magnificently-done state apartments that reveals the lifestyle of its resident royals, including the likes of MaryII, William III, Queen Anne and her son William, the last ruling member of the Stuart dynasty. Learn more about their consequential lives and dive deep into some of their agonizing secrets.
Gaze at the masterpieces of architect and painter William Kent as you enter the Cupola Room and climb the King’s Grand Staircase. Visit various other chambers such as The Presence Chamber, The Privy Chamber, The King’s Drawing Room, and the King’s Gallery where you can learn more about royal British living. Check out exuberant examples of what the royals wore during their rule in the 18th century and be amused by breathtaking artworks from the Royal Collection while there.
You also get to learn significant details about Lady Diana’s innovative sense of fashion and style at a carefully curated exhibition in the palace. Ranging from an assortment of her celebrated outfits (changed periodically) to certain items and accessories never seen before in public, this exhibition also puts some of the original design sketches of her costumes. Expect to wait a decent amount of time before entering this exhibition.
Relax Yourselves In The Gardens While Also Learning About Victorian Horticulture
The visit is incomplete without sauntering around the palace gardens. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria and therefore, the floral displays will predominantly feature horticultural discoveries from the Victorian era. The Sunken Garden, planted in 1908, particularly celebrates gardening styles followed during the 18th century. April to October is when the garden looks most vibrant with its rotating flower displays. The Cradle Walk, a shaded arch that surrounds the garden, is notable for being a great vantage point from where you can view both the vibrant Sunken Garden and the rest of the renovated gardens.
Lastly, wander about in the Formal gardens, a former royal playground, and check out the exotic Victorian plant collections. These include Trachycarpus fortunei, Luma apiculata, Tropaeolum Speciosum, Cryptomeria Japonica, and many more.
- Get to know the life and legacy of one of Great Britainâs most famous monarchs, Queen Victoria.
- Learn more about the life of Diana, the Princess of Wales', and her brilliantly unique fashion sense in a newly put up display at her former London residence.
- Stroll around the luxurious rooms of the King's State Apartments and marvel at the sheer grandeur of these exquisite chambers.
- Explore the beautiful Kensington Palace gardens, its shaded Cradle Walk and admire the splendid display of flora at the Sunken Garden.
- Learn some of the tragic stories and secrets about the Stuart dynasty while exploring each section of the palace in detail.
- Entry to Kensington Palace and Gardens
- Food & beverages
Know Before You Go
Summer (01 March – 31 October)
Monday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Last admission: 5:00 PM
Winter (01 November – 28 February)
Monday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Last admission: 3:00 PM
You are free to explore the palace and gardens until they close for the day. At least 1.5 – 2 hours is recommended for your visit.
By Underground: The nearest stations are Queensway (Central) and High Street Kensington (Circle and District Lines), both a 10-15 minute walk away.
By Bus: Catch buses 27, 70, 94, & 390 to Bayswater Road or 9, 10, 49, 52, 70 & 452 Kensington High Street.
Vehicle Parking: There is no on-site parking available at Kensington Palace. The nearest car park is Q-Park Queensway (10-minute walk).
Wear suitable clothing keeping in mind that your visit involves spending time in spaces with negligible to zero heating. Ensure that you’re wearing appropriate footwear.
The Kensington Palace offers level access to all sections of the palace and a lift to every floor. The Clore Learning Centre, located on the ground floor, has accessible teaching spaces, lunchrooms, and toilets.
- There is only one lunchroom at the Kensington Palace (Mr Hester’s Lunchroom).
- Smoking is not allowed.
- Photography/filming may be restricted in some sections.
These tickets are valid only for the date selected during check-out.
Super Flexible Cancellation Policy
You may cancel this experience up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund. No cancellation/refund is possible on partly-used vouchers.
Your mobile voucher will be sent to your email instantly. You need to take a print-out of the voucher and present it on arrival at the venue entrance, along with a valid photo ID.