London, England

Kensington Palace & Gardens

Kensington Palace is probably the most famous of all the royal residences in the United Kingdom thanks its most famous resident, the charming Princess Diana who lived there until her death. It continues to evoke a lot of interest as the official London home of Will and Kate, the wonderful royal couple.

From Mansion to Palace

The Kensington Palace was built in 1605 as a two-story mansion that was then acquired by royalty. Each successive monarch and royal resident played a role in transforming the palace into its present stylish state. In 1705, Queen Anne added marvelous gardens and buildings including the pretty Orangery, a royal greenhouse. The Palace was opened to the public as a regal museum of sorts during the reign of Queen Victoria in 1899.

A Glimpse of Royal Life

The points of interest at Kensington Palace include the lavish King’s State Apartments decorated by William Kent, who also painted the ceilings of the Cupola Room and the Withdrawing Room. Another striking example of his work is the grand King’s Staircase. Other fascinating sections of the Palace include the Queen’s State Apartments, the King’s Gallery and the hugely popular Fashion Rules Restyled exhibition that features classics from the stately wardrobes of HM The Queen and Princess Diana.

The Palace and its grounds are a visual treat for visitors.

Handy Tips

  • The Orangery is often used for functions or let out for private events. Please check their website before planning your visit.
  • Save time and money when you buy entrance tickets online.
  • Admission is free for children 16 years and below.