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Kensington Palace, London

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Princess Diana once lived at Kensington Palace, a favorite residence for many of history’s best-known royal figures. The palace has its origins in a Jacobean mansion built in 1605. Redesigned in 1689 to suit the needs of the joint monarchs William and Mary, the building was turned into a monumental palace by the acclaimed architect Christopher Wren. Visit this historic site to take a look at recent decades of royal fashions, explore the grand staircases once climbed by kings, stroll through the manicured gardens, and stand under the 12,000 Swarovski crystals that make up an impressive light fixture at the center of the building. Tickets purchased online allow access to the palace, gardens, and permanent exhibits, including Fashion Rules and Victoria Revealed. Kensington Palace is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, London Edition.
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  • Beautiful decor, great history, and discount for students and seniors. Grounds are also spectacular.  more »
  • Very disappointing visit to be honest. The rooms are barely furnished, there is almost no information and the whole visit is over before very quickly. Good exhibit with Diana’s dressed but frankly thi...  more »
  • Myself and a group of friends went for a visit, it is lovely but only for the Diana fashion exhibit we would have left disappointed. We were advised to pre book tickets which we did. The Princess Dian...  more »
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  • A lovely heritage site, filled with history and beautiful gardens all around it. A peaceful spot right in the middle of London, that makes you feel that you are in a country side, while being in the center of a fast paced metropolis. The location is amazing, perfect for walking around Kensington gardens, while still close to hyde park. While on the other side you get to Kensington high Street, a busy shopping area. Kensington palace and it's surrounding is almost always filled with tourists, which makes it hard to enjoy the scenery and the gardens. But on a nice summer day, this is definitely one of the best spots to enjoy the sun.
  • We spent an afternoon here. We enjoyed ourselves very much, but there should be better descriptions of what is in each room besides a book that you must sit and read. And there is only one or two in each room. The Gardena are beautiful. We eaves dropped on a private tour as they stopped near us. We would recommend if you come here to take a private tour.
  • We visited Kensington Palace to view the Princess Diana exhibition. The dresses on show were beautiful but disappointing that there weren't very many! I was expecting more. I loved the quotes on the wall though. The Queen Victoria rooms were unexpectedly interesting depicting her life & her deep love for Albert with cute quotes taken from their letters to each other. Nice little tea room and a visit to the sunken garden where Harry & Meghan did their engagement press announcement completed our day. Well worth a visit!
  • Amazing place full of excellent royal history. I really enjoyed a day out in this perfect place. I appreciate it to everyone who is interested about the history especially about the history of Her Majesty Queen Victoria and Princess Diana. I took many amazing photos outside the Palace. The Sunken gardens were and still are beautiful. Really want to come back.
  • £12. VERY interesting if you care about 1600's+ history AND take a guided tour. Very different from other palaces since the rooms are decorated with wood, wallpapers, paintings and statues. Nice exhibition of Lady Diana's fashion and clothing. Takes around 1h30 to visit. Take an afternoon tea at the Orangery (£30/person). Also expect 3 hours to walk and really enjoy Hyde Park as well. Lot of parakeets near Peter Pan's statue, the squirrels are very friendly on the north side of The Serpentine near the Italian Garden (i got a few climbing on my pants without any food to give)
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