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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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  • Thoroughly enjoyed Kensington palace. Not very crowded and the exhibit on Queen VIctoria was extremely interesting (especially since we are watching the recent tv show, Victoria). Even convinced my fa...  more »
  • Seen only from outside, inside the kensington garden kensington palace is a red brick building with its Regal gate ... I understand immediately why Albert liked to spend his time here ... even today, although it is now central London even here ... exudes a calm that is priceless ...
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  • I was guided by my wife to what I believed to be another old stately home but I was soon aware this was a wonderful insight into a hidden world through the ages,the guides were so knowledgeable I felt...  more »
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  • This is not such an impressive palace like Hampton Court Palace or Tower of London but still worth a visit. This is the home of Prince William & his family. Queen Victoria was born & raised here and thus expect a really interesting exhibition on Queen Victoria's life. There are 4 different routes to choose from through free booklets given at the entrance. I would suggest you to do all of them as they refer to different periods. In addition, there are several free guided tours running whole day but having attended 2 of them, I don't think you should waste your time this way. Really interesting & unexpected for a royal palace; Fashion Rules - A great exhibition about the dresses of Queens Victoria, Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and Princess Diana. As all historic royal palaces in London, there are plenty of things to see & read here; thus, plan ahead. This palace is so immense & beautiful!
  • Obviously a must-see while in London. Beautiful area to go for a stroll, or just sit or lay down and relax. As a visitor from America, I'd like to point out just how amazing all parks in London are. I wish people utilized our parks the way the locals do in London. I'm very jealous of all the great spots everyone has (and uses). Excellent spot to visit, you must take a break and just soak in the beauty of this place while here.
  • Loved, loved, loved. The gardens on the grounds are beautiful. We loved the history and presentation inside the Palace. Beautiful Kensington Gardens nearby is a lovely place to stroll!
  • This is the palace where queen Victoria grew up. There are many interesting things to see here from different periods of British history. For example, the room where queen Victoria met her council for the very first time after ascending to thrown. There are also many insights into Victoria's personal and family life from her private journals, displayed alongside actual corresponding items, which brings the story to life.
  • Thought it would be a lot more breathtaking than it was (expecting something more along the lines of Buckingham Palace). Still, it was a warm, sunny day in Hyde Park, and I thoroughly enjoyed my walk through the Rose Garden and Diana Memorials. Great for a picnic or to visit with family, a close friend, or date. Love how London has so much space well-reserved for greenery!