Kensington Palace Admission

Kensington Palace
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  • Explore this magnificent working royal residence, which has been the home to young royals for 300 years.
  • Take an insightful glance at the inside private life of the royal family at the Picture This: Life Through The Royal Lens exhibition.
  • Take a stroll through the beautifully landscaped garden.

Visit the most intimate of palaces with your family and delve into the treasure trove of stately rooms and enjoy the tranquil oasis of the palace gardens. Currently the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Kate) and their three children, the palace is where Queen Victoria was born and grew up and has previously been home to the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Royal enthusiasts will delight in exploring the series of rooms in the sumptuous King’s State Apartments, including the Cupola Room and the King’s Drawing Room. Discover a number of pieces from the Royal Collection, including a book of Queen Victoria’s sketches and a cradle and dolls’ house. Take a peek at the intriguing Life Through a Royal Lens exhibition and see some of the earliest phots taken of the monarchy.

What to know before you go

  • Children under five go for free.
  • This ticket includes admission to Kensington Palace and entry to the Life Through a Royal Lens exhibition.
  • Print your smartphone ticket and present it at the admissions office at Kensington Palace.
  • The palace is open 10.30am until 5pm Wednesday until Sunday.
  • The palace often closes at 2pm for private events.
  • The last admission to the palace is one hour prior to closing.
  • There is wheelchair access.
  • By selecting free cancellation when booking your ticket, you can cancel until 11.59pm on the day before your visit.  
  • Please bring valid a ID if you have a concessionary ticket.
  • Changes are not possible for this ticket.

Getting there

  • There are four train stations within walking distance of the palace: High Street Kensington station (District, Circle and Piccadilly lines), Queensway station (Central line), Notting Hill Gate station (Central, District and Circle lines) Paddington station (National Rail) are all within walking distance of the palace.
  • Bus routes 70, 94, 148, 9, 49, 52, 70 and 452 stop nearby.
  • The nearest car parks are the Q-Park Queensway and Euro Car Park Bayswater Road, both around a nine-minute walk away.

Read more about Kensington Palace here.

Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.

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The bronze statue of King William III situated at the south gate of Kensington Palace.
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