Plan Your visit to Kensington  Palace

Plan Your Visit to Kensington Palace in London | Timings, Location, Essentials

Visit the most elegant retreat for Britain’s royalty at Kensington Palace. What was once a small suburban villa, became enriched with the stories of many royal names including Princess Diana, William III and Mary II, Queen Caroline, and many others. The palace was also the childhood home of Queen Victoria. Currently, the palace is the London home of The Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge, Gloucester, and Kent, as well as the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. A number of offices are also present in the building. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about visiting Kensington Palace including how to get there, special exhibitions, maps, parking, and more!

Kensington Palace Opening Times

Kensington Palace is open from Wednesday to Sunday between 10 AM and 6 PM. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Opening hours may vary.

  • How long should I spend at Kensington Palace?
    We recommend that you spend at least 2 to 3 hours at Kensington Palace for the complete experience. 
  • What is the best time to visit Kensington Palace?
    The best time to visit Kensington Palace is around 2 PM to 3 PM post-lunch. By this time most of the big tour groups will be done with their visit.

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Kensington Palace Location

Kensington Palace Address: Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX.

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Kensington Palace is close to Royal Albert Hall and Diana Memorial Ground. You can get there by train, bus, taxi, or car.

Getting to Kensington Palace

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Tube

The nearest tube station is High Street Kensington or Queensway Station (10 to 12-minute walk).

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Train

Paddington is the closest train station to Kensington. It is 18-minutes away by walk.

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Bus

Take bus numbers 70, 94, 148, and 390 to Bayswater Road or 9, 10, 49, 52, 70, and 452 to Kensington High Street.

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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Big Bus London’s red tour will take you to Kensington Palace on its morning route. The yellow line will stop close to Kensington Palace at stop 65.

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Cycle

Cycle your way to the palace and dock your cycle at Black Lion Gate or Palace Gate, both at Kensington Gardens.

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Car

There is no on-site parking at Kensington Palace. The nearest car parks is Q-Park Queensway (10-minute walk).

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Coach

Coach facilities are suspended during the Royal Style in the Making exhibition. Coach park is available at Euro Car Parks (10 to 15-minute walk).

Kensington Palace Exhibition

  • This summer, Kensington Palace will host the exhibition Royal Style in the Making. The new exhibition will showcase the relationship between fashion designers and royal clients, revealing the creation of a number of royal outfits. 
  • A few exciting ones to watch out for are the wedding dress of Princess Diana, the coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth, and the consort of King George VI. 

Kensington Palace Visit Essentials

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Download a copy of the Kensington Palace map on your phone before you get there and have a quick glance through it. Because the palace is huge, it helps knowing where you are and the significance of each room before and during your visit.

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  • Baby changing facilities are available inside the palace. 
  • Toilets are available in Stone Hall and the Café. All toilets are wheelchair accessible. You can also find sanitizing stations in all toilets. 
  • Lockers and luggage facilities are not available at the palace. 
  • Free Wi-Fi is available to all guests inside the palace.
Kensington Palace Parking
  • There is no on-site parking at Kensington Palace, however, you can find public parking spots nearby at Q-Park Queensway, Euro Car Parks, Hyde Park, and Bayswater Road. 
  • Parking for disabled guests is available at the London Garden Hotel and Hyde Park. Guests have to be blue badge holders to avail of this parking.
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  • Kensington Palace is wheelchair accessible. 
  • The palace is equipped with dedicated facilities for people with reduced mobility and also offers carer tickets.
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Find a wide range of food and drinks at The Palace Café and The Kensington Palace Pavilion. 

  • At The Palace Café, you can choose from a range of sandwiches, hot drinks and refreshments, pastries, and ice cream. 
  • The Kensington Palace Pavilion sells a delicious breakfast, lunch, and typical English afternoon tea.
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  • Shop for gifts and souvenirs inspired by the many royal stories of the past and present at the Kensington Palace Shop.
  • The gift shop is open throughout visiting hours and offers jewelry, bags, books, and themed souvenirs.

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All Your Questions Answered About Visiting Kensington Palace:

What are Kensington Palace opening times?

Kensington Palace is open from Wednesday to Sunday between 10 AM and 6 PM. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Is Kensington Palace open to the public?

Yes, Kensington Palace is now open to the public.

What is the Kensington Palace location?

Kensington Palace is located in Kensington Gardens, London.

Are there any parking facilities at Kensington Palace?

There’s no parking facility at Kensington Palace, but you can find nearby parking. Blue badge holders can avail themselves of disabled parking spots at the palace.

What is the easiest way to reach Kensington Palace?

The easiest way to reach Kensington Palace is via underground trains. It is just a 10-minute walk from High Street Kensington Station and Queensway Station.

What is the best time to visit Kensington Palace?

The best time to visit Kensington Palace is around 2 PM to 3 PM post-lunch. By this time most of the big tour groups will be done with their visit. Learn more about Kensington Palace opening times here.

How long will it take to cover Kensington Palace?

The recommended time to cover the whole of Kensington Palace is 2 to 3 hours.

Is there any dress code to be followed when visiting Kensington Palace?

No, there is no dress code to follow when you visit Kensington Palace.

What are the different facilities offered at Kensington Palace?
  • Baby changing facilities are available inside the palace.
  • Toilets are available in Stone Hall and the Café. All toilets are wheelchair accessible.
  • Lockers and luggage facilities are not available at the palace.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available to all guests inside the palace.
Is Kensington Palace accessible for guests with disabilities?

Yes, Kensington Palace is accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Can I stay at Kensington Palace?

There are no rooms at the palace for the public to stay at, but you can book a nearby hotel.