Kensington Palace

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  • Address:

    Kensington Palace The Broadwalk
    Kensington Gardens
    London
    W8 4PX

  • Venue phone:

    0870 751 5170, bookings 020 7492 1561

  • Venue website:

    www.hrp.org.uk

  • Opening hours:

    Mar-Oct daily 10am-6pm; Nov-Feb daily 10am-5pm; last adm one hour before closing

  • Transport:

    Tube: High St Kensington or Notting Hill Gate

  • Price:

    £11.50, concs £9, under-16s £7.50, under-5s free, family ticket (2 adults, 3 children) £34

  • Map

    1. Kensington Palace
      • The Broadwalk
        Kensington Gardens
        London
        W8 4PX
      • 0870 751 5170, bookings 020 7492 1561
      • www.hrp.org.uk
      • 51.504895,-0.188106

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Christmas Carols at Kensington Palace

Things to do

Join a festive tour of Kensington Palace that will be peppered with stories of the palace's Christmasses past, finishing up under their 30-foot Christmas tree for carol singing. Mulled wine and a mince pie are included in the ticket price. Find more...

Christmas Carols at Kensington Palace
  1. Mon Dec 8
  2. Kensington Palace
  3. £10, £5 under 16s
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Christmas Carols at Kensington Palace

Things to do

Join a festive tour of Kensington Palace that will be peppered with stories of the palace's Christmasses past, finishing up under their 30-foot Christmas tree for carol singing. Mulled wine and a mince pie are included in the ticket price. Find more...

Christmas Carols at Kensington Palace
  1. Mon Dec 15
  2. Kensington Palace
  3. £10, £5 under 16s
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Fashion Rules Exhibition

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See some exquisite regal fashion in all its splendour at a new showcase of gowns worn by HM The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales. Twenty-one never-seen-before dresses will be on display, including as well as film and imagery providing...

Fashion Rules Exhibition
  1. Thu Oct 30 – Sat Jul 4 2015
  2. Kensington Palace
  3. £15; concessions £12.50; children free
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Glorious Georges Christmas

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Get festive the way the Georgians would have wanted at Kensington Palace this winter with their Christmas celebrations. The beautiful building will be decked with traditional decorations and family-friendly activities will be on offer. Visitors will be...

Glorious Georges Christmas
  1. Fri Nov 28 – Sat Jan 3 2015
  2. Kensington Palace
  3. Free with admission
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The King's Table

Kids' activities

Children aged five to eleven are invited to hear all about King George II's dinners from his head cook in these storytelling sessions at Kensington Palace for October half-term. Games and craft sessions will also be taking place in the palace, and all...

The King's Table
  1. Thu Oct 30 – Sun Nov 2
  2. Kensington Palace
  3. Free with admission
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Tiny Explorers

Things to do, Kids' activities

Let your little ones explore some big places with these creative play sessions at Kensington Palace. Each event lasts 45-60 minutes and is led by an artist who will take visitors from room to room, singing and playing as they go. History lessons about...

Tiny Explorers
  1. Wed Nov 5 – Wed Nov 12
  2. Kensington Palace
  3. £6 for one adult and one child, £5 membe...
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Ken

I did not enjoy my visit to the Kensington Palace. The only bit that I like is the rose garden.

Simon Jones

I had previously visited Kensington Palace two years ago. It was in a dismal state. The electricity had been switched off and some art student squatters had moved in. At least that's what it had looked like. The World of Walnut-furnished interior and obligatory guilt accoutrements I had in my mind’s eye had made way for rooms full of arty installations like skeletal trees and headless animatronic princesses lit by a dim neon blue glow. Kensington Palace had undergone the theme park treatment and was now labelled ‘The Enchanted Palace’. Creative? Atmospheric? Certainly. But it failed to enchant me. The problem was it told me very little about the Palace and the rich lives of its super rich inhabitants. Putting my previous experience down to a temporary fit-out (the Palace was undergoing renovation at the time) I decided to pay another visit this summer hoping to actually discover some history. The lights were on this time but there appeared to be no-one at home. The interiors could be seen in their finery but there was hardly any furniture to give any sense of history. No pen-written notes and half-drunk cups of tea on desks to create the feeling of a moment just passed. Hardly any information boards either. Just a few remnants from its previous arty incarnation such as a pack of playing cards stacked in a fireplace. The idea (perhaps inspired by Pride & Prejudice), however, for whispering gossiping voices emanating from window seats in the ballroom was clever because it gave some much need dialogue. But as for snippets of history your Time Out review above reveals more information than I gleaned from my visit.

Mary Skelton

Having thoroughly enjoyed Buckingham Palace tour/visit some months ago, and being a life-long Royalist, my family and I were pleased to 'take in' Kensington Palace on the 17th of November. What a huge disappointment this was! It was a real waste of money and could not be remotely compared to Buckingham Palace (or Sandringham. or any of the other many Royal venues we have visited). The trip was not helped by having to walk past a tramp in the gardens urinating against the wall, and this on the day of the Israeli demonstration where hundreds of Police were a matter of metres from the tramp's performance! Wills and Kate have chosen a bit of a dump of a 'pile' to make their home.

Katherine Reed

The "new" Kensington Palace is a chaos of kitschy, "hands-on" art installations that fail to enhance the experience. Only the Victoria tour offers any substance at all. Truly the most disappointing of all the grand house tours I have ever done. Who art directed this mess?

cumbrian

Enchanted Palace: absolutely avoid this complete money-grabbing tacky experience.

Roxburgh

Made the big mistake of going to The Enchanted Palace experience this week. The rooms that are open are so atmospherically (ie: darkly) lit, that very little of the actual palace can be seen. Of zero educational value. If your idea of entertainment is audio tapes of unseen little girls crying, displays akin to Hallowe'en shop dressing, then this might appeal. It came across as a very trashy and unimaginative way or raking some money in.