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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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  • The highlight was the display of Diana's dresses. Such a beautiful and elegant display of clothes worn but the style icon that was Princess Diana. King's staterooms and Queen's staterooms were interes...  more »
  • After a great walk through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens we arrived at Kensington Palace. It was divided up into 4 distinct tours. The kings apt, queens apt, queen Victoria and Albert, and lastly a...  more »
  • We visited Kensington Palace today and found it in need of a revamp. The rooms in the palace which are available for viewing are for the most part dull, sparsely furnished and very dark. The Diana exh...  more »
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  • Lovely place. Looks nice from the outside Did not try to get in as it was a bit crowded already, but Hyde park is really stunning. Clean and spacious. Excellent place for a good walk. Loved all the squirrels running around. Looking forward to visit again. Totally worth visiting.
  • Wonderful experience at the Palace. Just steps away from the train station. Highly recommend you spend a full day exploring the entire palace, formal gardens and royal tennis courts. The Horse-drawn carriage was also a great way to tour the garden and palaces. They also offer 3 tier high tea!
  • You don’t have to be a royal or Princess Diana fan to enjoy Kensington Palace. The palace building, surrounding grounds and views are fantastic. Even better if it is a sunny day on a weekend, with families, kids and everyday people enjoying the day, open air and views. I was impressed how accessible and well utilized the palace was, despite being part of the royal family’s housing. There are some apps you can download and get talking history lessons for key landmarks too. Take the time to enjoy the garden and have a good look in the gift shop. We took the time to walk around palace and surrounding grounds and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you are lucky, there is an ice cream van nearby to enhance the visit.
  • Beautiful well preserved and presented palace and artifacts in an accessible setting. Well worth the visit. Hyde Park and the gardens at Kensington add to the experience greatly. My only tip is if you are going in the summer come well hydrated. This is my 3rd visit and it is warm (very warm) in the palace. Cheers!
  • Please, if you’re a student, take advantage of the student pricing!!! Bring your STUDENT ID, it helps lower the price a bit if you’re buying at the door. I would highly recommend buying tickets online. This palace is BEAUTIFUL. You’ll see the Princess Diana exhibit which I was amazed by. They only show you a small part of the palace but that’s okay. Make sure you take your time reading the information displayed for you when touring the palace to learn about its history. At the end, there’s a nice garden as you exit the palace.
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