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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!

Mary of Modena gave birth there in 1688

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.

William moved there to cure his asthma

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!

Citrus was grown there despite the British climate

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!

Queen Victoria was born and raised in the palace

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!

The Beatles used to perform there

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: Our Tips

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 to visit
    Open daily from 10:00AM to 6:00PM in summer, 10:00AM to 5:00PM in winter, closed December 24th, 25th and 26th.
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    ** Book your tickets online in advance to get a discount! | You will need to cover your shoulders.*

What People Are Saying About Kensington Palace

Sean our guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgable!

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Kensington Palace and ROYAL gardens Tea.

London: Kensington Palace Tour and Royal Gardens Tea Reviewed by Elizabeth, 07/22/2015

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Kensington Palace

Very interesting exhibits and easy to follow with helpful and knowledgable staff. The garden tour was particularly very interesting and privileged to enter the sunken garden. The Australian couple who took us on the tour were fantastic and made the tour a lovely end to our visit. The cafe and shop were very professional and provided a good range of gifts and items to purchase. We were extremely pleased we made the effort to come and visit Kensington Palace.

Kensington Palace Sightseeing Entrance Tickets Reviewed by Elizabeth, 07/04/2015

Kensington Palace gardens were beautiful.

The tour experience went fine. The staff were nice and informative. However, it was not a highlight of the trip really.

Kensington Palace Sightseeing Entrance Tickets Reviewed by Steve, 08/01/2015

Very convenient and cheaper than buying all the standalone tickets

We bought the London Pass for 2 days on a 4 days trip so we could bunch up all the attractions that were included in it. Still wish they had the London Eye or The Shard in the list. Great for skipping the lines at Westminster Abbey. Pro tip: if you go to Shakespeare's Globe, go in the morning because usually in the afternoon there are live plays and you cannot get the tour. The book they give you doesn't say this.

The London Pass with Free Entry to 60 Attractions Reviewed by Natalia, 05/11/2015

Very convenient and cheaper than buying all the standalone tickets

We bought the London Pass for 2 days on a 4 days trip so we could bunch up all the attractions that were included in it. Still wish they had the London Eye or The Shard in the list. Great for skipping the lines at Westminster Abbey. Pro tip: if you go to Shakespeare's Globe, go in the morning because usually in the afternoon there are live plays and you cannot get the tour. The book they give you doesn't say this.

1/2/3/6-Day London Pass & Guidebook Reviewed by Natalia, 05/11/2015

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