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Kensington Palace Tours

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Kensington Palace
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.
Address: Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX, England
Hours: March–Oct 10am–6pm; Nov–Feb 10am–4pm
Admission: €18
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Royal Palaces Pass: Kensington Palace, Hampton Court and Tower of London

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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.
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What are Kensington Palace hours of operation?
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Kensington Palace hours of operation: March–Oct 10am–6pm; Nov–Feb 10am–4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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