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Kensington Palace Sightseeing Entrance Tickets

1. Kensington Palace Sightseeing Entrance Tickets

Experience London’s Kensington Palace, a place of secret stories and public lives. Witness an exhibition on royal fashion, and see the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales. You will need approximately 90-minutes to see the beautiful palace apartments. Explore the sumptuous state apartments that will lift the curtain on the lives of its resident royals, including William III, Mary II, Queen Anne and Anne's son William, the last member of the Stuart dynasty.  Learn of their momentous lives and discover their sometimes heart-rending secrets. Take in the most breathtaking examples of architect and painter William Kent in the Cupola Room and King’s Grand Staircase. See the flamboyant examples of 18th-century court dress and artworks from the Royal Collection, and much more. Explore the fine art of designing for royalty. See never-before-seen items from celebrated royal couturiers of the 20th century, and glittering gowns and stylish tailoring created for three generations of royal women. The wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales will also be on display.

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London: Kensington Palace Gardens Tour with Royal High Tea

2. London: Kensington Palace Gardens Tour with Royal High Tea

Meet your guide at the meeting point and walk to the iconic Kensington Palace. On a guided tour of the palace’s gardens, walk around the immaculately-maintained grounds where you will be given interesting insights into the history of the royal family and Britain's most beloved drink: tea.  Kensington Palace is most well known for being home to members of the British royal family like Princess Diana, Prince Harry, and now Prince William and Kate Middleton (along with Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte). See the famous Sunken Garden before ending the walk with an indulgent high tea in the breathtaking surroundings of Kensington Palace Pavilion. You will be served a selection of afternoon tea sandwiches which include classics such as egg mayonnaise and cress, smoked salmon and cream cheese, roast ham and English mustard, and cucumber and fresh mint. Taste traditional scones made with Welsh butter filled with cream and jam and a selection of fine afternoon tea cakes.

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The London Pass with Access to over 80 Attractions

3. The London Pass with Access to over 80 Attractions

See all that London has to offer while saving both time and money with the London Pass. With its wealth of history and culture, London always has plenty to offer visitors, though it is not always the easiest or cheapest of experiences. The London Pass is a complete sightseer credits package allowing you access to more than 80 top attractions, tours, and museums.  Access a huge range of the top landmarks and attractions including the Tower of London, London Zoo, Windsor Castle, and many more.  Take a ride on a 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tour with over 60 stops across London including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. The pass is valid for a full working day across 3 routes. You'll also get access to special London Pass holder perks including discounts at gift shops at select attractions.  The London Pass allows access to over 80 attractions including: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS• The View from the Shard• Tower of London• 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour• Thames River Boat (Uber Boat by Thames Clippers - 1-day Hop-on Hop-off) • Windsor Castle• Westminster Abbey• London Bridge Experience and London Tombs• Tower Bridge Exhibition• ZSL London Zoo• Kensington Palace PLACES OF INTEREST• Shakespeare's Globe Theatre• Royal Albert Hall• Royal Observatory Greenwich• Old Royal Naval College• Cutty Sark• Kew Gardens• Hampton Court Palace• Apsley House• Beefeater Gin Distillery Tour• Benjamin Franklin House• Eltham Palace• Jewel Tower• The Monument to The Great Fire of London• Golden Hinde• Southwark Cathedral• Wellington Arch• Chelsea Physic Garden• London Wetland Centre MUSEUMS & GALLERIES• London Transport Museum• Foundling Museum• Household Cavalry Museum• Charles Dickens Museum• Guards Museum• Cartoon Museum• Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art• Wernher Collection at Ranger's House• Fan Museum• London Canal Museum• London Museum of Water and Steam• Garden Museum• Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising• Museum of London Docklands (with guidebook)• Queen's Gallery• Pollocks Toy Museum• The British Museum (with Vox Audio guide)• The Postal Museum TOURS & EXPERIENCES• ArcelorMittal Orbit• Arsenal FC Stadium (Emirates Stadium)• Chelsea FC Stadium Tour• Curzon Bloomsbury• Curzon Mayfair Cinema• Curzon Soho Cinema• 30+ London Sights Tour - Top Sights Tours• Palaces and Parliament Tour - Top Sights Tours• Jason's Original Canal Boat Trip• Kia Oval Ground Tour• London Bicycle Tour• London Bicycle Hire• Brit Movie Tours• QUEENS Skate, Dine & Bowl• Twickenham Stadium Tour & Rugby Museum• Wembley Stadium Tours

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London: Go City Explorer Pass

4. London: Go City Explorer Pass

Save time and money with a London Explorer Pass, your digital sightseeing credits package, and create your own itinerary in the city. Redeem your Explorer credits against 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attraction visits from a selection of over 65 monuments, tours, cruises, dining experiences, and more. Save up to 30% on regular door prices. Each attraction visit equals 1 credit used. It’s that simple. Choose from a host of participating venues, including the Tower of London, the Shard, and St. Paul's Cathedral. Get a handy digital guide with instructions to plan your itinerary. There’s no need to decide what attractions you want to see in advance, as you’ll have 60 days to use your attraction credits starting with your first choice. Choose any 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 attractions from the following list: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS• 1-day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus tour• Tower of London• The View from the Shard• Kensington Palace• Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition & Theatre Tour• St Paul’s Cathedral• Thames River Cruise (City Cruises Thames River Pass)• Tower Bridge Exhibition• Westminster Abbey• The London Bridge Experience• ZSL London Zoo TOURS & ACTIVITIES• ArcelorMittal Orbit• Arsenal Stadium Tour• Beefeater Gin Distillery• Benjamin Franklin House• Brit Movie Tours• Chelsea FC Stadium Tour & Museum• Curzon Cinema Bloomsbury (Renoir)• Curzon Cinema Mayfair• Curzon Cinema Soho• Kia Oval Ground Tour• London Bicycle Tour• Twickenham Stadium Tour & World Rugby Museum MUSEUMS & PLACES OF INTEREST• Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew • Royal Observatory Greenwich • London Transport Museum • Cutty Sark• Florence Nightingale Museum• Freud Museum London• Hampton Court Palace• Household Cavalry Museum• London Bicycle Tour - Hire• Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising• Museum of London Docklands• National Maritime Museum Greenwich• Old Royal Naval College• Pollock's Toy Museum• Royal Albert Hall• The Garden Museum• The Guards Museum• The Monument to The Great Fire of London• The Postal Museum• Wembley Stadium Tour• Apsley House• Eltham Palace• Jewel Tower• Wellington Arch

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London: Three Palaces Guided Walking Tour and High Tea

5. London: Three Palaces Guided Walking Tour and High Tea

Discover the Royal Family's palaces and experience the original Royal English Tea with traditional sandwiches, cakes and scones on the grounds of Kensington Palace. Stroll to St. James Palace, Buckingham Palace, and catch a cab to Albert Hall. Take a moment a Buckingham Palace, the main Royal Residence in London, and try and witness the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Catch a glimpse of the Queen's Bodyguard: the mounted Queens Life Guard Soldiers. Jump in an iconic Black Cab and head to Albert Hall. See the Albert Memorial, and leisurely stroll in Kensington Gardens. Soak in the beautiful gardens Prince Albert created for his wife Queen Victoria and find where Prince Harry and William grew up. Experience the full splendor of High Tea in a breathtaking landmark and gain personal insights into our royal family and the fascinating history of our national drink during the ceremony of afternoon tea.

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London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

6. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Find the prime vantage points that most people miss and see this time-honored tradition from outside Buckingham Palace. Follow your guide on a dynamic journey that will take you through each stage of the entire Changing of the Guard ceremony from beginning to end. Navigate the crowds easily and quickly. Let your guide take you to the best spots with unobstructed views for taking photos of the palace, gardens, and parade grounds. Marvel at the precision with which the Queen’s Foot Guards march to Buckingham Palace, clad in their iconic red tunics and bearskin hats. Admire the gleaming coats of the Household Cavalry’s horses as they emerge at Horse Guard’s Parade. As you watch, hear about the history of this fascinating ceremony and gain invaluable insight into every detail of this British spectacle.

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London: Semi-Private Kensington Palace & Gardens Tour

7. London: Semi-Private Kensington Palace & Gardens Tour

Explore one of London’s royal palaces on a small-group tour, visiting the State Apartments of Kensington Palace and its gardens. Enjoy access to the Royal Style in the Making Exhibition to view the magnificent wedding dress of Diana from 1981. With our direct morning access, enter Kensington Palace to view the home of royalty for over 300 years. Before the crowds arrive to view the Kings and Queens State Apartments. Your guide will take you on an incredible journey unveiling the life of Royalty including Queen Victoria, Kate the Duchess of Cambridge, and Princess Diana. Take in the breathtaking scenery while listening to historical and sensational stories of Royal icons past and present. Explores the birthplace rooms of Queen Victoria where visitors can walk in the footsteps of royalty in Victoria's re-imagined childhood rooms. Continue over the magnificent Royal Style in the Making Exhibition to view Princess spectacular Diana’s 1981 Wedding Dress. Walkout to the world-famous Royal Garden setting. Here you will enjoy an exceptional overview of the Palaces Gardens, a decadent display of colors and tranquility. As you stroll the gardens with your guide, learn how these beautiful gardens began life as a King's playground and how for over 100 years and how the gardens were part of Hyde Park and hosted Henry VIII’s huge deer chase.

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London: Westminster Walking Tour and Kensington Palace Visit

8. London: Westminster Walking Tour and Kensington Palace Visit

Explore 30 of London's most incredible sights on this attraction-packed historical walking tour that takes you through some of the city's most famous neighborhoods. Listen to your guide as they tell you stories of the history, culture, and legends of England's capital city. Start your tour in the beautiful royal parks and then head on to Buckingham Palace where you can watch the famous Changing of the Guards ceremony. Later, marvel at the architecture of Westminster Abbey, peer into Downing Street and visit the bustling Trafalgar Square. Journey past historical Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and then onto London Bridge to visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, The Shard, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, The London Eye, and the Tower of London. After all of this, head to Kensington Palace, which has been home to several young royals over the last 300 years. Walk in the footsteps of royalty in Victoria's re-imagined childhood rooms and the magnificent King's State Apartments. Afterward, enjoy a stroll through the famous Sunken Garden.

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London: City Highlights Bike Tour

9. London: City Highlights Bike Tour

Visit London’s must-see sights and attractions by bicycle as well as off-the-beaten-track hot spots that tour buses can’t reach. You’ll hear quirky tales about London’s amazing and sometimes bizarre history on this unique bicycle excursion. You’ll cycle at a comfortable pace along riverside pathways, dedicated bike lanes, and park routes. Possible tour stops include London’s major highlights, including the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace. Other places of interest that you may see include Admiralty Arch, Trafalgar Square, Chinatown, Covent Garden, and St. Paul's Cathedral. Listen to amusing anecdotes about London from your knowledgeable guide, and make stops during the day.

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London: Private City Highlights Car Tour with Transfer

10. London: Private City Highlights Car Tour with Transfer

Discover London in privacy and luxury with a private, chauffeur-driven tour of the city center, and see the city’s top attractions away from the hustle and bustle of organized group tours. Sit back and relax as your private driver takes you past sights such as Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, and more, depending on the option selected. Tailor your perfect day along with your driver and stop at the points that most interest you. Ask your driver all the questions you’ve ever had about historic London.

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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

4.3 / 5

based on 1,699 reviews

We had a great tea experience at kensington garden! Our tour guide was very patient( we were late) informative, and pleasant! The tea experience itself was classy and the food was delicious! It was nice to walk around the garden and learning the history. It’s Definitely one of the highlights of our trip!

It was a great day. The tour guide is informative, fun and friendly. It was a great way to sight see around London. In case you're worried about London traffic - you don't cycle anywhere dangerous. I would and have been recommending this activity to others.

Well organised, no rushing through the exhibits, friendly helpful staff in each room to provide additional information. Could have spent much more time there but had booked other trips.

Lovely experience great things to see and good 3-4 hrs needed .lovely gardens

everything I wanted to do, at a ridiculously cheap price