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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. Put Kensington Palace and other London attractions into our London vacation route planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We travelled into London to visit here during a trip to Windsor. We had prepaid tickets online so getting in was pretty easy. It was a boiling hot day so we had a slow walk through the park to the ent...  more »
  • This is the official William, Kate and Harry residence. Part of the Palace is open for exhibitions, which I thin change from time to time. Not the most interesting place, as all seem a bit random, wit...  more »
  • Don't waste your money, you will be paying to walk around empty rooms, I was very disappointed. The exhibition of Princess Diana's dresses was good. The Orangery restaurant looked very nice but it was...  more »
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  • Stunning exhibition of Diana's dresses, which showed that she was a fashion icon of her time. Event was well organised and showcased her dresses to best advantage. We were able to examine each one without being rushed. Even though there were so many people everything progressed smoothly. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
  • I loved touring this palace. It is the former home of Victoria and Diana, and William and Kate stay in private rooms here when they're in town. There was a wonderful exhibit of Diana dresses when I visited. There are also some beautiful Tudor-styled rooms to explore. The gardens are very lovely as well!
  • Not worth the money nor the time. Diana's fashion story is a bit interesting, but other than that nothing inside the palace is interesting. The garden and park around it are nice. Not direct tube or bus to get there.
  • Top Tip - splash out a fiver on the "Discover Kensington Palace" Souvenir Guidebook - it's so much more interesting and informative than the actual house. We were visiting as my partner is a long time Princess Diana fan, and was very keen on seeing the clothes exhibition. Have to say, I'm not a fan, but was impressed, although I wouldn't go so far as to admit it to her;-) Even more disappointed to find out that the area that I was particularly looking forward to, the 'Victoria Revealed' exhibition was closed, and doesn't reopen until June!! The apartments themselves are, well, OK, but as a long term National Trust Member, I've probably been spoiled over the years. On the plus side, the cafe area is rather....nice.
  • The exhibition of the dress of Diana's dresses was a bit smaller than I expected but no less glamorous! Bought her fabulous style back in an instant!