Kensington Palace | Tips & FAQs
- Skip the line, avail discounts and have comprehensive tours through online tickets. Booking tickets in advance also allows you to plan out your accommodation and travel.
- If you plan to visit other palaces, it is better to buy a combo package or sign up for the Historic Royal Palaces annual membership for individuals or families. The membership enables free entry to 6 palaces.
- Those planning to also visit Hyde Park should visit the Palace first and then the Park since walking around can tire you out too much to properly explore the Palace.
- Check out the official site of the Palace to know when new events are taking place. Many exhibitions, such as the ongoing “Your day at court”, “United Queendom”, are put up for a short period of time. It is recommended to book tickets for these events online in advance.
- The Kensington Palace is a historic royal residence so if you’re not interested in the royals, art or history, it might not be the best idea to visit. Travelers with small children might also want to skip.
- The best way to avoid crowds at Kensington Palace is to visit as early as possible. It opens at 10 AM daily with the last admission being at 3:00 PM.
- Check the closures and notices on the website to see if the attraction you desire to discover is open to the public or not. Currently, The Queen’s State Apartments and The Orangery are closed for restoration and renovation purposes.
- Those traveling on a budget should book accommodation around Bayswater Road (close to the west side of the Palace) rather than the expensive hotels in and around Kensington Borough.
- Discovering the Palace and the main exhibitions could take 2 to 3 hours so those wanting to stroll in the gardens and explore temporary exhibitions should plan to spend more time there.
- You may look for guides directly via Britain's Best Guides or Institute of Tourist Guiding. Only Blue Badge guides are allowed to guide visitors in the Palace.
Q. Who lives in Kensington Palace?
A. The Kensington Palace is the current official royal residence of the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, his wife Catherine and their children. Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent also live there.
Q. How much does it cost to get into Kensington Palace?
A. The tickets to the Palace are £18 for adults and £7.60 for children online. There are also two family saver packs for £22.90 and £38.20.
Q. Can you take a tour of Kensington Palace?
Yes. Once you buy tickets, you can discover the Palace, exhibitions, gardens and all other public areas.
Q. How long does it take to tour Kensington Palace?
A. It takes around 3 to 4 hours to leisurely cover all the displays and attractions at the Palace.
Q. Is there a dress code for Kensington Palace?
A. There is no strict dress code for Kensington Palace but it is recommended to wear comfortable footwear and warm clothing since most areas of the Palace have no heating.
Q. How far is Buckingham Palace to Kensington Palace?
A. The two palaces are around 2 miles (3.2 km) apart so you can walk from one to another if you prefer.
Q. Is The Orangery at Kensington Palace closed?
A. Yes. The Orangery is currently closed for renovation and restoration. There is no opening date set for the Orangery yet.
Q. Can you take photos inside the Kensington Palace?
A. Non-commercial photography without flash is allowed inside the Palace but no filming is allowed. Certain items are not allowed to be photographed due to prior agreements. Tripods and selfie sticks are not permitted.
Q. Are Kensington Palace Gardens free?
A. Yes. Entry to the gardens is free but tickets need to be bought to enter the Palace.
Q. How many apartments are there in Kensington Palace?
A. Kensington Palace has 10 major apartments - home to current and former royals while there are plenty of other smaller staff apartments.
Other London Royal Palaces
- Hampton Court Palace
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There are numerous events and exhibitions that are held daily while visitors can also utilize the complementary audio guides to explore on their own.
- Buckingham Palace
The administrative headquarters of the monarchy of the United Kingdom, the renowned Buckingham Palace stands tall in the City of Westminster, London. The 775-room royal residence is home to Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip.
Visitors can explore true royalty at the iconic Throne Room, where the Queen was coronated, the grandiose White Drawing Room, Ballroom, the Grand Staircase and more. A 16-hectare garden surrounds the Palace and is open to the public for day tours. The Palace is also famous for the Changing of the Guard ceremony, which takes place daily in the summer.
- Windsor Castle
The oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, Windsor Castle was founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. Since then, 39 monarchs have lived in the castle and it is frequently used by the Queen on weekends.
St. George’s Chapel is located on the grounds of the castle and is a well-known site for royal weddings. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married at the chapel in 2018. The residence also has plenty of elegant staterooms, apartments, a gallery and a Changing of the Guard ceremony.