Kensington Palace- a residence for royal family members. At present Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and other Royal members live here
Kensington Palace is one of the popular royal attractions. It’s now both a palace open to the public while still home to members of the royal family. Princess Diana was living here in the north-west part of the Palace from 1981 to 1997.
Who lives at Kensington Palace
The Palace is now the residence of the The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Kate Middleton), Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Prince and Princess of Kent (Prince and Princess Michael of Kent), The Duke and Duchess of Kent (Prince Edward and Katharine), The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester (Prince Richard and Birgitte), Princess Eugenie
Kensington Palace history
King William III (1650-1702) and Mary II (1662-94) didn’t like Whitehall Palace as their residence since the King suffered from chronic asthma and the damp riverside location of Whitehall. In 1689 William and Mary purchased Nottingham House from Daniel Finch, Earl of Nottingham for £20,000. It stood in Kensington. William instructed Sir Christopher Wren, Surveyor of the King’s to improve the house immediately. The royal court took up residence at Kensington House shortly before Christmas 1689.
Visiting Kensington Palace to see the outside at any time is free. You can go inside to see the magnificent rooms and arts of the Palace at the specific dates and times on payment of admission fee.
Kensington Palace: Admission ticket price, opening hours
Admission Tickets: Free to see outside at any time. But for entrance, you need admission tickets. Tickets prices are valid from 26 April 2018. Buy tickets online in advance for saving. It has timed entry system. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Peak time- all weekend bookings, and weekday bookings until 1:45pm- Adults (16 and 16+) £19.50 Child (5-15) £9.70 Concessions (Full-time students and over 60s) £15.50 Family 1 (One adult and up to three children) £36.20 Family 2 (Two adults and up to three children) £48.80
Off-Peak time- all weekday bookings after 2pm – Adults (16 and 16+) £16.00 Child (5-15) £8.00 Concessions (Full-time students and over 60s) £12.70 Family 1 (One adult and up to three children) £29.50 Family 2 (Two adults and up to three children) £40.60.
Opening Hours: Open daily except 24-26 December. Summer 01 March – 31 October: Monday-Sunday: 10am-6pm Last admission: 5pm. Winter 01 November – 28 February: Monday-Sunday: 10am-4pm Last admission: 3pm
Address Car Parking and Nearest Tube to Kensington Palace
Address: Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX. See their locations in Google Map
Telephone and Email: 020 3166 6000, 020 3166 6199. Use webform for email
Nearest Tube and Bus: High Street Kensington (Circle and District lines 10-15 minute walk), Queensway (Central line 10-15 minute walk), Notting Hill Gate (Central, Circle and District lines 20-25 minute walk). Bus- bus numbers 70, 94, 148, 390 (to Bayswater Road) 9, 10, 49, 52, 70, 452 (to Kensington High Street). Please visit the Journey Planner of Transport for London to see how to get here.
Car parking: No free parking except blue badge holders. Pre-book is needed. Blue Badge holders can park car next to Kensington Palace’s Orangery. Nearest paid car parks are Q-Park Queensway, NCP Young Street