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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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  • We went as it was 20 years since her death. Her clothes were absolutely immaculate and reflected her change in style to more simplistic clothes. It was well presented. We arrived just after 12 on Sund...  more »
  • A lovely day out. Museum was excellent. Queen Victoria was so tiny. Queue was too long to see the Diana dresses  more »
  • A lovely building, not as grand as I was expecting, but all the same steeped in history. We would recommend a visit here.  more »
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  • If you're a Diana fan this is a must see. Beautiful building with lots of easy access walkways , a garden created by Diana which Is now a memorial to her , guided tours available and surrounded by the expanse of Kensington gardens. The "Hop on Hop off " bus stops directly opposite and right outside "The Goat" tavern. Highly recommend you drop in there after your visit to the palace.
  • It was interesting. I mean historic home and mansion tours has never been my thing but my wife liked it. Lots of cool rooms to check out. The princess Diana special exhibit was a hit. Not sure how long that will be there though. Staff is knoweledgable and able to answer a lot of questions. There is a room about halfway through with old games and activities in it that were amusing. Overall it was a decent hour or so spent. The Kensington Gardens also make for a pleasant walk.
  • Beautiful! Bag check, was quick and understandably necessary. A bit crowded, but so much beautiful stuff to see. Garden was gorgeous, we were a little out of season, but it still made for some amazing pictures.
  • The staff and facilities are absolutely wonderful!! It is a privilege to be able to visit Kensington Palace....the kindness and amazingly lovely staff made it such a good day! Whoever employs the staff have got it so right!! Best day out in years!!!
  • Very beautiful. I recommend the visit even if you don't go inside. I just walked around the grounds and garden and had a wonderful time

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