Kensington Palace Sightseeing Entrance Tickets
- Valid: 1 day
Located at the western end of Hyde Park, Kensington Palace has been a royal residence for over 300 years. Rich with history and surrounded by tranquil gardens, it's also one of London's foremost attractions. Here are a few facts to start off your tour!
This event was significant because it provided King James II with a Catholic heir to the throne, thus sparking the Glorious Revolution that saw William of Orange usurp the throne.
Now William III, the Dutch King of England immediately sought a less "grimy" residence than the Palace of Whitehall. Back then, Kensington was a rural retreat surrounded by forest!
The Kensington Palace Orangery was built in 1704 to grow exotic fruits. Now a café, the building boasts one of London's most decadent afternoon teas!
She also met her future husband Albert there, but despite its significance in her early life, she moved to Buckingham Palace on becoming queen and never stayed at Kensington again!
Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon would invite stars of the age to lavish parties at the palace. Liverpool's most famous sons often performed songs around the drawing room piano!
Kensington Palace is open from 10:00AM all year round, except December 24th to 26th. It closes at 6:00PM from March 1st to October 31st, and 5:00PM the rest of the year. Last admissions are an hour before closing.
Set aside at least two or three hours to tour Kensington Palace and its gardens, but don't forget to allow time for tea and cakes (or even champagne!) at the Orangery.
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It was a surprise retirement present for my friend we had a wonderful day the palace & grounds were beautiful to see princess Diana’s wedding dress was a highlight & afternoon tea in the pavilion just finished our day off would highly recommend
Really good historical links to Queen Victoria’s childhood. Downside too many people in initially for you to view certain aspects. After saying that it is definitely work a visit.
Fantastic walk through the gardens, followed by a lovely high tea in Kensington pavilion. Would highly recommend this tour. Our guides were so lovely and very chatty.
If you are looking for a great day out I would recommend going here.
It was so easy to go through without having to queue for tickets