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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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  • I really enjoyed the Kensington Palace tour. It offered a realistic glimpse into how the royals lived and provided a lot of historical information. Make sure to grab one of the information books as you enter each room to get detailed information on the history of the room’s use and the stories behind each piece of artwork on display. The Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibition included with the entrance fee is a wonderful display of some of Diana’s most famous outfits. See how many you recognize! We purchased our tickets in advance from Viatour, which provided no discount but at least saved us from waiting in the ticket line (which was relatively short anyway). Overall, this is a great tour that takes around 2 hours to complete (not including roaming through the gardens) and I would definitely recommend it!
  • Kensington Palace is one of the more accessible Royal complexes, being in Hyde Park, right in the centre of London. Has an impressively beautiful garden perfect to take pictures. A must see at Kensington Palace is the Sunken Garden which was originally planted in 1908. The Cradle Walk surrounding the Garden is equally beautiful to walk through. The Diana exhibit was also interesting.
  • This is one of my favorite places in London! The garden is very pretty with the lake and park right there. Even on frosty mornings, lots of people take out the dogs for a stroll. There are also a lot of Swans and birds. Great for a nice walk with great scenery.
  • Oh my God this is the marvellous place for me. I would like to be here again some day. I wish i could see one of the royal family . There, the view is so nature, the atmosphere is so silent. If i am not mistaken for the place, i enjoy the changing of guards. Everybody amazed by the show. It is very proper barricade indeed. It is excellent.
  • Very interesting palace, with a self-guided walking tour of the (small portion) publicly accessible former quarters. Staff is generally very helpful, but other than a few "quick bits", mini lectures at specific times in certain areas, there isn't any sort of a guided tour, and the information posted on each room, while interesting, isn't very lengthy or detailed. I recommend buying the guidebook, to fill this gap. After your tour, stop into the Cafe for some tea or a quick bite. On weekends, it will be quite crowded, but still interesting.

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