Kensington Palace

Activity code: KP

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Highlights

  • Visit one of the UK’s most historic royal residences — Kensington Palace
  • Explore The King’s Gallery, the King’s Staircase and the King’s State Apartments
  • Venture through the gorgeous Sunken Garden
  • Discover an exquisite collection of royal jewels

Description

Kensington Palace

A residence of the Royal Family since the 17th century, Kensington Palace is the official London home of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — Prince William and Kate Middleton. It was also where Queen Victoria was born and lived throughout her childhood, and once home to Diana, Princess of Wales. 

Arrive at the Palace through the beautiful, landscaped gardens before stepping through the entrance hall and into the plush King and Queen’s State Apartments. Here, you can soak in exceptional architecture and costumes that the Royal Family have worn over the centuries.

One room you absolutely must not miss is the Jewel Room, where you’ll discover Queen Victoria’s magnificent collection of dazzling jewels, including a diamond and emerald tiara. See the exquisite Kokoshnik tiara set with white and yellow gold diamonds and the remarkable Fife tiara, featuring a row of pear-shaped diamonds. 

Explore the rooms Queen Victoria spent her early years in and see some of her personal items including her spectacular doll house. You’ll also marvel at the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection showcasing dresses from the 18th century to the present day. 

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the architect behind St Paul’s Cathedral, venture behind the royal doors of Kensington Palace to uncover the remarkable workings of royal life. 

Life Through a Royal Lens (04 March – 30 October 2022)

Kensington Palace’s newest exhibition explores the British Royal Family through photography. Discover historic images of Her Majesty the Queen, the Queen Mother and Queen Victoria as well as never-before-seen images of Diana, Princess of Wales. For the first time, there will also be photos taken by Royals themselves. 

Uncover intimate moments from the 19th century to the present day and a host of renowned photographers including Cecil, Beaton, Rankin, Annie Leibovitz and Norman Parkinson. 

Exhibition included in palace admission. 

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Additional Information

Inclusions:


  • Entry to Kensington Palace

Exclusions:


  • Food and drinks
Please Note:

  • Please select your chosen day of visit and if a timeslot is needed, please select one. Otherwise, you are free to enter at any time during entry hours.
  • Your ticket will be issued 48 hours prior to travel date
  • Students must have a valid ID in order to use student pricing
  • Concession price is also applicable to full-time students subject to a valid student ID card
Image Credits:
HM Queen Elizabeth II
© William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Princess Margaret: 
Photograph Snowdon © Armstrong Jones with thanks to Camera Press

Golden Tours act as an official agent for these activities, as such you are subject to the terms and conditions of the supplier. 
Schedule

Open;

28 February 2022 until 30 October 2022
Wednesday to Sunday only: 10.00 - 18.00.
Last admission: 17.00

On the following dates last entry is at 16.00, Palace closes at 17.00:
30 June 2022
28 July 2022
25 August 2022
29 September 2022
27 October 2022

On the following dates Last entry at 14.00, Palace closes at 15.00:
24 November 2022
23 December 2022

Planned closures:
24th to 26th of December

Venue Information:
Kensington Palace State Apartments, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX
Nearest Underground: High Street Kensington or Queensway
Bus Routes: 9, 10, 49, 52, 70, 94, 148, 390, 452