Visit Kensington Palace Guide

Kensington Palace in London

The royal residence of Kensington Palace is a popular attraction. The palace is located at the western end of Kensington Gardens, close to Kensington Church Street.

The palace has been linked with royalty since the late 17th century, when monarchs William and Mary moved to Kensington Palace, adding many extensions to the existing building, which was at the time known as Nottingham House. King George I made further alterations to the building, and it continued to serve as the main residence of the monarch until the death of George II in 1760. Kensington Palace did, however, remain a royal residence, and has been the home of various royals, including Diana, Princess of Wales, ever since.

There are a number of attractions within the palace. The King’s State Apartments and Queen’s State Apartments, which were used by William and Mary, the Sunken Garden, with its beautiful flowers and fountains, and the King’s Gallery, in which William hung many pieces of artwork.

Kensington Palace also hosts regular events. The Victoria Revealed exhibition, which runs throughout 2013, uses personal objects and diaries to tell the story of this long-serving monarch.

The nearest stations to Kensington Palace are High Street Kensington (District and Circle lines) and Queensway (Central Line) and nearest hotel is Grande Royale London Hyde Park hotel.

Breakfasts, lunches, snacks and afternoon tea are available at the Palace Café or at The Orangery.

Palace opening times: Monday-Sunday, 10am to 6pm. On the gate ticket prices are: adults: £15, children (under 16): free, concessions: £12.40.