Kensington Palace Tours

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As the official London home of Britain's favorite royal couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton, along with little Prince George and Princess Charlotte; Kensington Palace's fame rivals that of Buckingham Palace. Will and Kate aren't the only members of the royal family to walk the halls of Kensington Palace, though—King George II, Queen Victoria, Queen Anne, Princess Margaret and Princess Diana have all also called the palace home.

The Basics
While the royal living quarters are off-limits, a large portion of the palace is open to the public, with multiple exhibit spaces plus the renowned Orangery café. Visitors can admire the 16th-century King's Staircase; peek into Queen Mary's State Apartments; learn more about Queen Victoria in the Victoria Revealed exhibition; and explore Queen Caroline's Cabinet of Curiosities, all before strolling the landscaped palace gardens. You can also admire a collection of iconic dresses worn by Princess Diana in the Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibit.

Opt for a priority-access ticket to save time, or book a Royal Palaces Pass that allows entry to three royal London attractions: Buckingham, 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 indulgent afternoon tea experience in the palace gardens.

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.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available on-site.
  • Most areas of the palace are wheelchair accessible, and concession tickets are available.

How to Get to Kensington Palace
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.

When to Get There
Kensington Palace is open all year round, but special events are held throughout the year, including fashion exhibits, the open-air Luna Cinema in August, and Queen Caroline's annual garden parties.
Location
Address: Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX, England
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Hours: March–Oct 10am–6pm; Nov–Feb 10am–4pm
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Admission: €18
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Kensington Palace Entrance Ticket

Glimpse into the lifestyle of the Royals with this pass to London’s Kensington Palace. Enjoy faster access to the venue and while away the hours exploring the opulent space, once home to Queen Victoria and Princess Diana. Tour the King’s and Queen’s State Apartments and the Palace Gardens, and learn the intimate history of Queen Victoria at the fascinating ‘Victoria Revealed’ exhibition – set within her own room adorned with personal objects.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$24.16 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with dozens of possible stops, including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights. Hop off to enjoy a free walking tours and a River Thames cruise.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$42.57 USD
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Tower of London Entrance Ticket Including Crown Jewels and Beefeater Tour

Bypass the long lines at the Tower of London and make the most of your tour through this dark and infamous complex. View the remarkable Crown Jewels and visit the White Tower, Traitors’ Gate and Tower Green, where Anne Boleyn met her grisly end. Choose to explore on your own or follow a ‘Beefeater’ guard on a guided walk. An audio tour is also available for an additional fee.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$31.96 USD
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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 80 Attractions

Discover London’s top sights for one low price with the London Pass. Choose a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4- or 5-, 6- day pass, and enjoy free entrance to more than 80 attractions including skip-the-line access to Kensington Palace and London Zoo. Your London sightseeing pass also includes a hop-on hop-off bus ticket and valuable shopping and dining discounts.
  • Duration: 6 days
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$88.20 USD
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  • Duration: 6 days
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and London Eye Ticket

Enhance your experience of London’s iconic skyline with a hop-on hop-off bus and London Eye combo package, perfect for first-time visitors looking to shake up their sightseeing experiences. Plus, you’ll receive a pass for three free walking tours — including a Jack the Ripper tour — and Thames River sightseeing cruise. After ticking off top attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, and the Tower of London, you’ll absorb sweeping city panoramas from a capsule on the London Eye.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$71.58 USD
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Tower of London Ticket

Check out London’s landmarks as you wish with this hop-on hop-off bus tour and Tower of London entrance ticket. With your 24-hour bus ticket, view sights such as St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and more. Hop off at stops to explore the attractions on foot, and visit the Tower of London to discover its treasures, towers, and secrets. Your hop-on hop-off bus ticket also includes a Thames River cruise ticket and three London walking tours.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$72.61 USD
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Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade

Experience London’s royal highlights on this 3.5-hour sightseeing tour by coach, including the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Take a panoramic tour of the city with your guide, passing Kensington Palace and Westminster Abbey. You'll also see Trafalgar Square and Big Ben, and watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Upgrade to include an open-date ticket for the London Eye.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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$49.85 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private London Sightseeing by Luxury Vehicle

If it’s your first time in London, tick off the city’s top attractions in style on a private 9-hour sightseeing tour. Travelling in a luxurious vehicle equipped with Wi-Fi, you’ll visit icons such as Tower Bridge, 10 Downing Street, and Trafalgar Square. In the afternoon, browse Harrods departments store and admire Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. Refreshments and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$830.88 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

Discover the beauty and history of Royal London by bike on a morning or afternoon city tour. Enjoy a 4-hour guided ride through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and St. James's Park. Cruise by the stately monuments such as the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and view Royal sites like Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and the Princess Diana Memorial. Along the way, learn about London’s rich history and contemporary culture.  
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$30.68 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Royal Palaces Pass: Kensington Palace, Hampton Court and Tower of London

Explore three of London’s iconic royal palaces with this money-saving Royal Palaces Pass. Your pass gives you one-time access to the mystery-laden Tower of London, Hampton Court and Kensington Palace. Roam the sites independently to discover their halls, chambers and other attractions at your own pace. Buying the pass in advance lets you skip the main lines at each site and, because it's valid for a full two years, you can spread out your visits as you wish.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$75.26 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch

Hop aboard a vintage double-decker bus for a comfortable sightseeing bus tour through London! On this fun-filled 3.5-hour excursion, you'll see main attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, take a Thames River cruise past Westminster and the London Eye, and watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Upgrade to include lunch at a traditional British pub.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$38.35 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Thames River Cruise

Discover the regal residences and rich royal history of London on a 3.5-hour sightseeing tour and Thames River cruise. With an accomplished guide, travel by luxury coach through the capital’s most opulent areas to see majestic landmarks like Big Ben and Kensington Palace. Gaze at a traditional Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace and then climb aboard a boat for a tranquil cruise on the River Thames. Glide past iconic sights like the London Eye and the Tower of London and enjoy illuminating commentary as you sail.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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$51.13 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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3-Hour Royal Parks and Palaces Bike Tour of London

See London's green spaces and stately sites on a 3-hour bike tour, which allows you to cover more ground than you would by walking but still be outside to catch all the views. With a guide, you'll pedal past royal residences such as Kensington Palace and St. James's Palace and ride through Hyde Park, home to the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. When booking, you have the choice of either a standard bike or electric bike.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$26.84 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Madame Tussauds Entry Ticket

Sightsee in London with a money-saving ticket that combines a hop-on hop-off Original Tour bus with entry to Madam Tussauds, the iconic waxwork museum. The family-friendly combo ticket lets you discover the capital with ease: Explore with three different hop-on hop-off bus routes, see the sights from the water on a Thames River cruise, and brush shoulders with celebrities at Madam Tussauds.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$79.25 USD
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Secret Gardens Tour of London with Afternoon Tea

See the capital in bloom on a full-day tour of London’s most beautiful and little-visited gardens, followed by a decadent High Tea at the Kensington Palace Orangerie. With a maximum of 4 people and private transport by black cab, you’ll enjoy the personalised attention of your guide, as you stroll around pretty rose gardens, green squares and sunken gardens. Visit the Lincoln's Inn Fields and the John Soane Museum, browse the London Garden Museum and learn about medicinal plants and flowers at Chelsea Physic Garden.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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$223.70 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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A Royal London Private Taxi Tour

Curious about the British monarchy? Get to know London’s regal side on this private, black cab tour. Meet your guide at a time and place that work best for you, and set off. You can look forward to seeing the Tower of London (where Anne Boleyn was executed), Kensington Palace (where Princess Diana lived), Westminster Abbey (site of numerous royal weddings), Buckingham Palace, and more. As you go, learn stories and facts about the British monarchy throughout history.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$287.61 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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London Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Shrek's Adventure Admission Ticket

Hop-on Hop-off bus tours offer a fun, flexible, and hassle-free way to explore London, and this great-value combo includes entrance to one of the city’s most popular family attractions — Shrek's Adventure London. Jump off to admire sights like Big Ben, the Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace; enjoy included extras such as a Thames River cruise and city walking tours; and keep the kids entertained with the interactive Shrek-themed exhibitions.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$70.30 USD
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London's Royal Private Walking Tour with a Local

Get a local's insight into life in the British capital on this private royal-themed walking tour. In the company of just your party and a royal-expert guide, visit such sites as St. Mary’s Hospital, birthplace of many royals; Kensington Palace, residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Westminster Abbey, setting for the funeral of Princess Diana. With a wealth of new knowledge about the royal family, conclude your tour at the famed Buckingham Palace.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$21.26 USD
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Private When Prince Harry Met Meghan Royal Black Taxi Tour

Gain secret knowledge about where the members of the British Royal Family love to frequent during this tour of London by traditional black taxi. Stop by main city attractions, and see where the Queen, Prince William and Kate, and the newly engaged Prince Harry and Meghan shop. This tour focuses on Prince Harry and Meghan—catch sight of where they met, where they’ll live together, and their favorite venues.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$479.35 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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London Day Tour Including Lunch Cruise

See more of London with a full-day city tour and lunch cruise along the River Thames, including hotel pickup and drop-off. Start with free entry to Madame Tussauds and the London Eye, then set sail on the Thames for a 1.5-hour round-trip journey from Tower Pier to Westminster. Savor a delectable 2-course meal, and admire riverside sights such as the Tower of London and Parliament. Finish with a private bus tour of London’s key attractions, including Westminster Abbey, Princess Diana's Memorial Fountain and Trafalgar Square. Pricing is per group, based on a maximum of six passengers.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$1,794.69 USD
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London's Royal Private Family Tour

Getting kids excited about history can be a challenge, but this private tour is tailor-made for families with young children. Follow in the footsteps of London’s royal family as you visit Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace; enjoy interactive activities including treasure hunts and quizzes; and stop for refreshments in one of the royal parks.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$21.95 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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See some of the most famous places and iconic buildings in the world

Explore London without traffic jams, crowded tube stations or tired feet. Join us for a cycle tour through the Royal parks and see some of the most famous places and iconic buildings in the world and hear some amazing stories about this great City. The ultimate London experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$24.22 USD
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Morning cycling to the iconic places in London

Explore London without traffic jams, crowded tube stations or tired feet. Cycle through the Royal parks and see some of the most famous places and iconic buildings of the world. The ultimate London experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$24.22 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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