Kensington Palace

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Kensington Palace

What you'll do

Step inside and explore one of central London’s royal residences and the childhood home of Queen Victoria.

Visit Kensington Palace with Go City®

  • With us, there are no entry fees on the day – all you've got to do is show your pass.
  • The birthplace of Queen Victoria and the home of young royals for over 300 years.
  • Walking in the footsteps of Queen Victoria, in her reimagined childhood rooms.
  • The splendour of the King’s State Apartments and the Sunken Gardens.
  • 10% discount in the Palace Cafe.

As one of central London’s royal residences, Kensington Palace has been a home and refuge to the royal family since the 17th century. Now, it is the official residence of the Prince and Princess of Wales. Built in 1605, it has roots in Jacobean architecture and was first known as Nottingham House. William III and Mary II were crowned jointly in 1689, and were instrumental in transforming Nottingham House into Kensington Palace.

When Queen Mary died from smallpox in 1694, William was overcome with grief. Despite this he finished the building with a grand gallery at the south of the Palace, enlarging Sir Christopher Wren’s original plan. Now it is one of London’s most exquisite palaces and comes with acres of manicured gardens and the world-famous Orangery.

Once you’ve seen all there is to see inside, take a wander around the 30-acres of Palace Garden and explore this oasis right in the heart of the capital. Check out the sunken garden which is home to impressive floral displays all year round. The palace also hosts an ever-changing array of exhibitions, so be sure to check out the website before you go to make the most of your visit.

Did you know

  • Mary II was a keen collector of Chinese Porcelain, a 1697 inventory documented that she owned over 800 items
  • Composer Handel was invited to the palace to perform for King George II, who was such a fan that he gave Handel British citizenship. Handel was originally from Germany, like the King himself.
  • Queen Victoria, the second-longest reigning monarch, spent her childhood in the palace
  • A book of original Leonardo da Vinci drawings was miraculously found in the palace in 1778 and sent to Windsor Castle
  • During the Great War in 1914, Princess Louise allowed injured soldiers to rest and recover in her private apartments

Top tip: There is a wide range of tours for visitors with disabilities including British Sign Language tours and Describer Tours for the partially sighted. Booking is recommended up to two weeks in advance to visit the King and Queen’s State Apartments and Victoria Revealed.

Experience Kensington Palace and many other attractions with the All Inclusive Pass.

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Know before you go

Pass customers do not need to book Kensington Palace tickets in advance, but please be aware that it can be particularly busy in the mornings. For the best possible experience, we recommend planning your visit for the afternoon. Please show your pass at the admissions desk in the ticket office where it will be validated.

For more information, please visit the Kensington Palace website.

Where you'll be

Operating hours

25 May 2024 to 01 September 2024

Daily: 10AM to 6PM (last admission 5PM)

02 September 2024 to 27 October 2024

Wednesday to Sunday: 10AM to 6PM (last admission 5PM)

28 October 2024 to 28 February 2025

Wednesday to Sunday: 10AM to 4PM (last admission 3PM)


Closings & holidays

Mondays & Tuesdays (02 September 2024 to 28 February 2025)

11 June 2024

06 August 2024

23 to 26 December 2024

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