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Kensington Palace

A major royal residence with beautiful rooms and gardens open to the public.

TravelCurious Tip

The Palace fell into disrepair in the 19th century, and was on the verge of demolition before Queen Victoria persuaded Parliament to pay for its restoration: this was the start of the Palace’s role as both royal home and public museum. Be sure to see the Victoria Revealed exhibition, which gives a fascinating insight into her life.

A majestic home

Kensington Palace has been one of the main residences of the British Royal Family since the 17th century. This extravagant palace is the official home of Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as Prince Harry and other close relations of Queen Elizabeth II.

While the private living quarters and offices are off limits to the public, the luxurious State Rooms are open to visitors, displaying magnificent chambers along with some fascinating royal memorabilia. Visitors can explore the beautiful Queen’s State Apartments which were designed for Queen Mary II, who ruled jointly with her husband William of Orange in the 1600s. These rooms have their own staircase, and include the lavish Bedroom, Gallery, Closet and Dining Room of the Queen.

A regal museum

The King’s Apartments are also open and here you will find the more grand entertainment and reception rooms. The Privy Chamber is decorated with a gorgeous 1723 wall painting by William Kent and displays some splendid tapestries. Among the other rooms on show are the sumptuously regal Cupola Room, the Presence Chamber, the King’s Drawing Room, and the King’s Gallery which is the largest room in the Palace. Within these rooms are many priceless works of art, including sculpture, tapestries and paintings.

William Kent also lent his artistic skill to the grandiose King’s Staircase which leads to the apartments, painting scenes of court life all over the walls. In the Palace Gardens visitors are treated to such visual delights as the stunning Sunken Garden, a classically inspired space decorated with a large pond and flowerbeds, and the arched Cradle Walk that surrounds it, in addition to the enormous Formal Gardens with a boating lake and orangery. A trip to Kensington Palace has loads to offer anyone interested in history, art or royalty and is a great day out for all ages.

Nearby Attractions

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Kensington
A central neighbourhood known for its white pillared houses, gardens, palace and fancy residents.
Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall plays host to some of the greatest symphonies, ballets, award shows, and concerts in the city.
South Kensington
Formerly known as Albertropolis, South Kensington is overflowing with museums and is a postcode known for its affluence.
The Ampersand Hotel
Located in the heart of South Kensington, the Ampersand Hotel is the perfect place for any family to make themselves at home while enjoying the best of London.
Hyde Park London
The largest of the royal parks, it is home to Kensington Palace and sprawls over 350 acres.
Natural History Museum of London
With some 80 million objects covering five collections, the Natural History Museum is a must-see attraction in Kensington.

Related Tours

Kensington and The Victoria & Albert Museum Private Tour
Join this tour through the elite streets of West London, the home of billionaire emigres, financiers, and aristocracy.

  • Become acquainted with two prim-and-proper neighbourhoods that house the city’s elite.
  • Experience the heritage and history of the neighbourhood’s gleaming facades and celebrated museums.
  • Visit the pristine gardens outside of Kensington Palace.
  • See The Victoria and Albert Museum, the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design that houses a collection of over 4.5 million objects.
  • Learn how these two neighbourhoods have been transformed over the past 100 years.
  • Your tour finishes with a visit Hyde Park where you will see some of Kensington Palace's sprawling public gardens. 
Once renowned for its wild criminality, this area is now a playground for the rich, and synonymous with luxury brands such as Harrods. But unknown to many, it is a love story that truly drives the history of this area - the relationship between Queen Victoria and her Consort, Prince Albert. Join this tour to learn more about the Royal couple and the buildings they left behind them here in London’s ‘Albertopolis.’

You will learn of the life and times of Queen Victoria and her husband Albert - the world in which they lived, the beginning, course, and ending of their marriage, and influence they had on wider society. Your tour continues at the Victoria and Albert Museum - which celebrates  art and design, its 13 acres – that’s over 52,000 square metres – contain 145 galleries that span a colossal 5,000 years of applied arts. The impressive museum displays artefacts, furniture, paintings, textiles, ceramics, costumes, prints, ironwork, photos, and much more besides. In total, it houses over 4.5 million objects. 

On this tour you will see some of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, and hear the stories behind world famous luxury institutions such as Harrods. Travelling along Exhibition Road - named for the Great Exhibition of 1851, a landmark event in the history of London - you will learn of the fascinating histories of some of London’s most important centres of intellectual excellence. Your tour finishes in Hyde Park, where your guide will  give you some of the history of the park and orient you, so that you don't get lost in its' 350 acres.
Kensington & The Natural History Museum Private Tour
Join this tour through the elite streets of West London, the home of billionaire emigres, financiers, and aristocracy. Learn of the life and times of Queen Victoria and her husband Albert - the world in which they lived, the beginning, course, and ending of their marriage, and influence they had on wider society.

  • Become acquainted with the prim-and-proper neighbourhoods that are home to some of the city's most expensive homes. 
  • Learn how the  neighbourhood has been transformed over the past 100 years.
  • Experience the heritage and history of the neighbourhood’s gleaming facades and celebrated museums.
  • Visit the Natural History Museum of London - recognised as one of the preeminent museums in the world, and a must-see whether it's your first or hundredth visit to London.
  • Walk to Hyde Park, for a visit to the largest of the royal parks and learn the history of its many statues and monuments.
  • Your tour ends outside the pristine gardens of Kensington Palace, where your guide will orient you toward the best sights in the park. 
Once renowned for its wild criminality, this area is now a playground for the rich, and synonymous with luxury brands such as Harrods. But unknown to many, it is a love story that truly drives the history of this area - the relationship between Queen Victoria and her Consort, Prince Albert. Join this tour to learn more about the Royal couple and the buildings they left behind them here in London’s ‘Albertopolis.’

On your private tour, you will visit the Natural History Museum, where your guide will be sure to show you the highlights of  80-million artefacts, housed in 5 different collections. Whether you're a novice on all things natural history museum or a botany expert and palaeontologist, your private guide will be able to tailor the tour to suit your interests and curiosities. After some time in the museum, walk to Hyde Park, where your guide will first show you some of the highlights before departing from you. 
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