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Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

March–Oct 10am–6pm; Nov–Feb 10am–4pm
Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX

The Basics

While the royal living quarters are off-limits, a large portion of the palace is open to the public. Highlights of Kensington Palace include the 16th-century King's Staircase; Queen Mary's State Apartments; and Queen Caroline's Cabinet of Curiosities, as well as the landscaped palace gardens.

Visit with a priority-access ticket to save time, or book a Royal Palaces Pass that allows entry to three other royal London attractions: Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and Hampton Court Palace. Some tours to Buckingham Palace also stop by Kensington Palace, while others pair a palace visit with an afternoon tea experience in the gardens.

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Recent reviews from experiences in London

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Enjoyable part of the experience.
Anne_D, Aug 2021
Royal High Tea At Kensington Palace
Sandwiches ordinary, cake and scones really good. Nice to eat from real China. Earl Grey Tea was properly served.
star-5
Great afternoon tea and informative walk round Kensington Gardens
rmd_m, Jul 2021
Royal High Tea At Kensington Palace
David went out of his way to give an informative tour of the Royal Parks with excellent history and gems of local information. We were able to view the new statue of Diana and get information directly from one of the gardeners of future plans. Feeding local parakeets a delight as was the afternoon tea itself. Left with a few cakes in a provided box that were soon consumed. Overall a fantastic way to get to know Kensington Gardens.
star-5
A Very Royal Experience
Jerry_R, Feb 2020
Royal High Tea At Kensington Palace
A perfect walk about Hyde Park and wonderful conversation with explanations and information. The royal high tea is a MUST do experience.
star-5
Tea in Kensington Palace
AML, Feb 2020
Royal High Tea At Kensington Palace
Our tour guide Joanna was great! Despite the weather, she made the experience very enjoyable! She was very knowledgeable and was great company for tea!
star-4
A walk through the gardens and morning tea!
steveni894, Jan 2020
Royal High Tea At Kensington Palace
The tour commences by having a guided tour through the surrounding gardens, concluding for morning tea at Kensington Palace. The gardens are beautiful and were enhanced by having a knowledgeable guide. The morning tea as a part of this tour is held at a building adjacent to the palace, the treats served are delicious and plentiful - dont eat too much before you go! All in all, a wonderful morning. (note that entry into the palace proper is not included as part of this ticket. We were able to access through our London card).

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Admission lines can be long in summer, especially for special exhibitions, so it’s best to book priority entrance tickets in advance.

  • Kensington Palace is home to regularly updated exhibits, including those which touch on royal fashion and more.

  • Free Wi-Fi is available on-site.

  • Most areas of the palace are wheelchair accessible and concession tickets are available.

  • Travelers who are blind or partially sighted may request a described tour of Kensington Palace; those who are deaf or hard of hearing can take a British Sign Language tour.

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How to Get There

Kensington Palace is located at the west end of Hyde Park in central London. The nearest tube stations are Queensway and High Street Kensington, each about a 10-minute walk from the palace. Some tours provide transportation to Kensington Palace.

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When to Get There

Kensington Palace is open year-round from Wednesday to Sunday and special events are held throughout the year, including fashion exhibits, the open-air Luna Cinema in August, and Queen Caroline's annual garden parties. Arrive early to beat the crowds, or stop by midweek.

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The History of Kensington Palace

The birthplace of Queen Victoria, Kensington Palace was originally known as Nottingham House when it was built in 1605 and has long been a home base for British royals. After suffering damages during the Blitz, Kensington Palace fell into disrepair before once again finding favor among younger and minor royals. Nowadays, it's the London base of Prince William and Kate Middleton. And those famous gardens? They were redeveloped by Queen Caroline in the 18th century with the help of royal gardener Charles Bridgeman.

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