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Located in the heart of London. Kensington Palace is a must for lovers of the Royal Family past and present. It has a rich royal history – with one of its most famous tenants being Princess Diana.  Queen Victoria was born and christened in the palace in 1819. In the 60s it was home to Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon and Prince Charles moved in with Princess Diana after they were married with Diana continuing to live in the palace until her death in 1997.

 

Today, it’s open to the public as a museum, and the official residence for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Harry and Megan left of course in 2020).

 

The staterooms of the palace are open to the public so, if you’re hoping to get a cheeky look at the couple, this may be your chance. Just don’t try to hide in one of the rooms!

 

It’s a great space to learn about the Royal Family. For example, ‘Victoria Revealed’ is an exhibit of Queen Victoria’s personal and impressive belongings including pages from her secret diary.

 

Royalty isn’t all about glitz and glamour, but a little bit never hurt anyone. Be dazzled by the amazing light installation at the centre of the Palace, made from almost 4 km of electroluminescent wire and containing nearly 12,000 Swarovski crystals!

 

Equally the in-house exhibition, Diana: Her Fashion Story, showcases outfits worn by the princess throughout her lifetime.

 

Check the website before you book to make sure you don’t miss out on special treats such as the summer open-air cinema or the historical garden tours which allow you to gain access to secret spots within the palace grounds.

Booking Advice:

  • Tesco Clubcard offers discounted entry on tickets purchased at the door.
  • Click buy tickets now for entrance to the palace and to avoid queues on the day.
  • Fancy a day out, fit for royalty? Have Afternoon Tea at the Orangery.

VISITOR INFORMATION

Where:

Kensington Palace State Apartments
Kensington Gardens
London
W8 4PX

Phone number:

+44 (0)844 482 7777 (from UK), +44 (0)20 3166 6000 (from outside the UK)

Website:

Opening hours:

10.00 – 18.00, 7 days a week. Seasonal opening periods apply, see website for details.

How to get there:

Tube: Notting Hill Gate, Holland Park, High Street Kensington

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Parent Point of View

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Laura Porter

  • Kids go free and there are free family trails too.
  • Good downloadable activities on the website.
  • You can keep the buggy with you as there’s a lift to access all floors.
  • I’m not a big fan of the theatrical interpretations in the Palace but do engage with the actors and you’ll find out more about the Palace and its residents.
  • They have tried hard to make it family-friendly and there are activities throughout the Palace.

You can find loads more information by Laura Porter at aboutlondonlaura.com 

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