Kensington Palace

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Top 5 Kensington Palace facts

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!

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    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.

  • How long to tour?

    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.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily from 10:00AM to 6:00PM in summer, 10:00AM to 5:00PM in winter, closed December 24th, 25th and 26th.
  • Is it expensive?
    From March 1st to October 31st, adult tickets are £17.50. The rest of the year they are £16.50.
  • Will I need a guide?
    You won't need a guide around the palace, but check out our tours in the area!
  • How to get there
    Take the District or Circle lines to High Street Kensington, or one of several buses that goes to the Palace.
  • Additional information
    ** Book your tickets online in advance to get a discount! | You will need to cover your shoulders.*

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What people are saying about Kensington Palace

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 1,524 reviews

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