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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 halls of Queen Victoria were closed, which the visit was quite depleted, fortunately the exhibition on the dresses of Diana (was a supplement to the price of the entrance) served to complement the visit. Good organization. I'm sorry I didn't agree with any of the explanations. Explanatory panels in each one of the halls. I may not be repetering but I advise your visit.
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  • Part of the royal palaces group of six, this one is easily accessible by tube from Queensway. There is a queue to buy tickets which at £24 for adults is a lot. Then you go in as part of a group every ...  more »
  • I booked tickets a few days ahead primarily because my wife was interested in seeing Diana's dress collection. The exhibition was well done and she enjoyed seeing the dresses as well as the photos of ...  more »
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  • Wonderful princess Diana clothes exhibition, beautifully presented. The original clothes plus photos of her wearing them. Other exhibits include costumes from the favourite and a display of tiaras. The building is in need of decorating and perhaps some repair work, but the surroundings are breathtaking- the lake, gardens and park. We are so lucky to have access to such a historic building.
  • Beautiful house and grounds with rotating exhibits that don't require lots of time to peruse. I had tea in the cafe and enjoyed a wonderful piece of Victoria Sponge cake. A fun and very accessible visit to a Royal palace.
  • We underestimated the experience of visiting this palace. Mainly in that we didn’t expect all of our small traveling family to be thoroughly engaged in what the palace had on offer. We bought the children’s guide/history book, and we all ended up reading it cover to cover by the time a week had passed from our visit. Our child kept stopping to read it as we went through the various rooms. Which is nice as a parent, as you get time to read and learn more yourself. A must buy if you have children of reading age... or not... you can read them the short funny stories of the palace! The Diana section was excellent despite it having less fashion examples that we had anticipated - this did not reduce the value or experience though as they were well chosen to fit the story of her life and influence. Let’s call it an appropriately modest display. The Victoria section was very thorough and lots of variety as it followed her life story. If you can hear the guide talk in the red room, you’ll be more excited to see and will be able to contextualize the displays that follow. The Kings and Queens section were diverse and fascinating, and we wish we had more than the 2 or so hours we had to soak in more of the detail of these rooms. Visiting hours are shorter in winter, so plan to make it a main event for the day as a family visiting, rather than squeeze it in amongst other places nearby.
  • Place where the young generation of Royal family resides. To view inside the palace you will have to buy tickets. The Sunken garden inside the Palace premises is free. They have the best parks (Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens) with lot of must visit places Like Princess Diana's Park, serpentine gallery, and lot more. You can spend a whole day with family or friends, take your pets for long walks and connect with the nature. It's an amazing experience.
  • Amazing palace with beautiful gardens, the awesome pond in front it, called the Round Pond. Several species of birds, ducks and swans swim in the large pond. The place is just a few minutes walk from the Serpentine bridge near Hyde Park... One must visit this place during spring season or on a sunny day... It has the one of the most amazing sunset with the pond's water glistening with the sun rays...
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